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Events on the IESSF partner American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter calendar

Community Alliance Awards
Nominations Due October 19
The Community Alliance Awards honor the individuals, firms, and organizations whose overall work, leadership, and dedication shape the character and vibrancy of our communities and the future of our built environment. In recognition of their contributions to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area through their commitment to design excellence, AIASF strives to acknowledge these extraordinary individuals and organizations for their service to the Chapter, to the community, and to the profession.

Kids Draw Architecture
October 20
Children of all ages are invited to attend and learn about architecture while honing their creative skills. Kids Draw Architecture is a free event in partnership with Bean Sprout Family Day. After almost 30 years and much success, the program is now being offered across the state of California on the same day! This event is in community partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter (ASLA-NCC) and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum.

Impactful Visual Storytelling: strategies behind successful architectural photography (1.5 LUs)
October 23
Architectural photography is a tremendous investment and can be one of your greatest assets in sharing your project story. This investment benefits from thoughtful strategic planning. Your imagery defines your firm’s image and is often the only representation that will share your design with potential clients and the rest of the world. During this discussion, we will explore how to ensure you maximize your investment in professional architectural photography resulting in impactful visual stories.

Nourishing Our Net Zero Future With Induction Cooking (1.5 LUs)
October 25
Meals are bonding agents with families and friends. Every meal is an opportunity to instill appreciation for healthy foods, and for the environment that produces them. How do we cook in an environmentally-responsible manner and nourish our net zero energy future?

AIASF + Flexform present: Cultural Influences in Architecture
October 30
Cultural factors have a profound impact on the way architects create spaces. Architects bring their own cultural references and design philosophy to projects, in addition to client’s desires, resulting in a unique solution for each project. In this panel discussion, leading architects discuss how cultural influences shape their work, and how clients respond to this approach.

#EQxDV Symposium: Guides for Equitable Practice Training Session (3.75 LUs)
November 2nd - 12:30- 4:30PM
Are you interested in building a more equitable workplace, but unsure of how to start? Do you have expertise on an equity issue that could benefit others? Join us to learn how to leverage the AIA’s new Guides for Equitable Practice to transform your career and your firm!
Participants will gain hands-on experience exploring key concepts addressed in the first release of the Guides, including assessment techniques and actionable strategies for improving workplace culture, promoting cultural competence, mitigating implicit bias, and achieving pay equity. Together, we will collaborate to devise implementation strategies at multiple scales, and to imagine the possibilities for their use by current and future leaders at all levels of practice.
Lunch will be provided.

#EQxDV Symposium: Voices, Values, Vision (SOLD OUT)
November 3rd- 8:00 AM- 5:00PM
AIA San Francisco Equity by Design (EQxD) Committee is proud to present our 5th Symposium, #EQxDV: Voices, Values, Vision. This year’s Symposium is our most anticipated gathering of committed champions and change agents from all over the United States and abroad to advance the movement for equitable practice and the future of architecture.
The framework for the #EQxDV Symposium program is defined by two anchors: presentation of the early findings of the 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey and active engagement in the form of panel discussions, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities. The Symposium weekend will launch on Friday evening with an opening reception and storytelling program.
#EQxDV marks the fifth anniversary of Equity by Design. This year’s Symposium theme, Voices, Values, Vision, builds on Equity by Design’s commitment to studying the root causes of a broken professional culture, creating just access for all, and giving everyone a fair chance to thrive.
Voices This year we commit to leveraging our platform to amplify all voices. To attract and retain diverse talent we must hear from those in practice and beyond.
Values This year we will explore how our core values guide us in choosing our collaborators, shaping our work culture, and cultivating our design leadership to make the most lasting impact within our communities.
Vision This year we will also look beyond our workplaces and build a vision of how equity in practice can inform our design work, aiding us in creating equitable outcomes, inclusive experiences, and dignified spaces.

Women in Design + Construction
November 7 - 12:00 PM - 8:00PM
November 8- 12:00 PM - 8:00PM
In its third year, BD+C’s 2018 Women in Design+Construction conference is a groundbreaking event that will take place November 7-8 at The Westin Mission Hills Golf and Spa Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. This high-energy networking opportunity allows you to connect with more than 125 top women who are motivating and leading AEC professionals across the industry.
The support we have received from our 38-person WIDC Advisory Board and other leaders in the AEC market has been extraordinary.
Highlighting the program lineup this year is keynote speaker Tricia Esser, CEO of KTGY Architecture + Planning, who will share important business and personal lessons learned during her ascent to the highest rank at this top-150 architecture firm. Esser leads a firm of over 350 design and planning professionals working across seven offices, including Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Calif., Los Angeles, and Pune, India.
Speakers and attendees include women leaders from some of the nation’s largest and most prominent architecture, engineer, construction, and building owner firms, including Balfour Beatty, CannonDesign, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Little, McCarthy Building Companies, Skanska USA, SmithGroup, Trivers Associates, Turner Construction Company, and Webcor Builders.

The Art of Incorporating Wind and Microclimate Control Features in Building Design (1 HSW)
November 7 - 12:00 - 1:00PM
Many of the decisions made early in the design process affect the microclimate around a building and can influence owner and occupant satisfaction as well as building performance. Early wind engineering input supports successful integration of helpful design concepts when changes are readily made at lower cost, in lieu of band-aid solutions forced to merge with a final design. This seminar discusses the role of microclimate influences – wind, sun, air quality, noise, vibration, and so on – on master plans and building concept development. The presentation identifies new modelling, design and construction technologies and discusses the most effective ways to incorporate engineering studies into the design decision process in a timely fashion.

BAYA Firm Tour, Gensler
November 14- 6:30 - 8:30PM
Gensler is excited to welcome BAYA members to check out our new San Francisco office. We’ll show you around our 3 floors at 45 Fremont, sharing a bit about our unique styles of working along the way. The tour will be followed by presentations from various project teams who will share work with clients like Adobe, San Francisco International Airport, Shack 15, and LinkedIn. While our office is home to over 350 people, our ability to accommodate tours after-hours is somewhat limited, so we ask that you sign up via the registration link on this page.

Site Accessibility, Transient Lodging, and Universal Design Case Studies (5 MCEs)
November 16- 9:00AM- 3:00PM
Seminar Topics
Part I: 2.5 Hours - Site Accessibility and Universal Design Case Study
This seminar will cover site accessibility, including the scoping requirements, site accessible routes of travel, parking, passenger loading areas, curb ramps, detectable warnings, ramps and stairs. Common errors, omissions and best practices will be highlighted throughout the presentation.
Universal Design case study of an indoor/outdoor museum. The benefits of mainstreaming Universal Design and the improvement in the quality of life for people with a wide variety of abilities will be discussed.
Part II: 2.5 Hours - Transient Lodging and Universal Design Case Study
This training session covers the accessibility requirements for transient lodging at hotels, motels, inns, dormitories, resorts, housing at a place of education and social service establishments. The topics include scoping and technical requirements for guestrooms with mobility as well as communication features, dispersion, storage, toilet and bathing facilities, kitchens, kitchenettes and wet bars. The presentation includes photos, drawings and graphics that illustrate the different topics covered.
The training includes a case study of the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind, highlighting the many features and the inspiring design process and solutions to provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment for persons with visual impairments and all users.

Waterfront Design Solutions: Lessons Learned from the Downtown Ferry Terminal Expansion Project 1 LU
November 29- 5:00- 7:00PM
Located in harsh marine environments, coastal and waterfront developments require special considerations to ensure resilience over the project’s design life. Material selection, siting considerations, protective coatings, waterproofing detailing, and drainage are all important considerations that require special attention by the design team for these unique projects. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) new ferry terminal expansion project in downtown San Francisco is a great example of what a successful waterfront design must consider. This presentation will discuss lessons learned from the project’s design and highlight innovative features employed by the program team in structural material selection, waterproofing strategies, drainage considerations, as well as sea level rise planning.
Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 100 guests to register.

Integrated Design: Mastering the Project Management Process (18 LUs)
December 4-6 - 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Project Management Mastery is designed to teach practical project management skills needed to successfully define, plan, and manage projects. This three-day course takes you through a step-by-step process for planning and managing projects of all types and sizes. Concepts and examples presented are reinforced through demonstrations and structured exercises using real-life projects.

Sustainable Integration: Packard Children's Hospital (1.5 HSWs)
December 12- 5:30 - 8:00PM
The LEED Platinum Packard Children’s Hospital combined many project archetypes under one roof (IPD environment, multi-phase project, sustainable and patient-centered design). But how does a team balance such requirements in an integrated fashion? Join Mazzetti, HGA, and Perkins+Will as project team members walk attendees through the completed hospital with a focus on architecturally-integrated MEP systems and the design and planning implications from both an architecture and engineering standpoint.

Artisanal Craft in Sustainable Spaces (1 LU)
December 13 -12:00 - 1:00PM
This course discusses the value of bridging cultures and combining artisan heritage with innovative design, and illustrates how the craftsmanship of furnishings made by hand with sustainable materials can meet today’s design goals of green design.

Level of Development for BIM + Project Documentation: Panel Discussion (2 HSW)
January 31 - 6:00 - 8:00PM
AIASF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE featured event; Second in a series of Panel discussions regarding Integrated Practice in the 21st Century: Panel Discussion regarding Level of Development BIM + Project documentation through Delivery and beyond.

Examining Carbon Impacts of Tall Buildings in Dense Urban Settings (1 LU)
February 26 - 12:00 - 1:00PM
“Density is good” is a frequently-heard mantra among architects and planners – yet this generalization deserves critical examination. Green building/zero-energy consultant Ann Edminster has researched the carbon implications of tall buildings in urban settings (The New Carbon Architecture, Bruce King, New Society Publishers 2017). Her findings provide compelling evidence that construction of new, super-tall buildings within already-developed cities may be detrimental to society's carbon reduction goals and deserves a great deal more study, given the accelerating rate of climate change and the critical role of buildings in the increase of carbon emission from construction, operations, and related transportation. This presentation will cover Edminster's research to date and the further research needed to answer the question, "To what extent is increasing density a good, climate-beneficial, thing?"