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Calendar | 2017

Below are events of interest for 2017. OWA sponsored events are in bold. If you would like to make additions, or corrections, to this calendar contact the Webmaster.

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Sun, Dec 4, 2016
4 pm - 7pm

OWADP Holiday Party

Greetings OWADP!

Please join us for the OWADP 2016 Holiday Celebration!!

Nibbles and wine at long time member Kathleen Cruise's lovely San Francisco's Richmond District home on Sunday December 4, 2016 4:00-7:00 PM.

The party is free but members and guests are invited to bring unwrapped gifts or monetary donations for Hamilton Families, a non-profit organization providing housing solutions for Bay Area homeless, which we have supported for several years. Visit https://hamiltonfamilies.org/what-we-do/shelterprogram/ to find out more about their programs.

Please click here to RSVP.

Looking forward to seeing you on December 4th!

OWADP 2016 Steering Committee: Aziza, Carol, Cynthia, Gloria, Naomi, Rebecca and Sharon


Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Steering Committee Transition Meeting

The Steering Committee and any officers who wish to attend will be meeting to transition roles and responsibilities. Current committee members stepping down are Sharon Chio, Naomi Horowitz, and Gloria Kim. New members starting their terms will be Conyee Chan, Hannah Chatham, Spring Friedlander, and Helen Vasquez. Cynthia Bathgate, Rebecca Friedberg, Carol Mancke, and Aziza Zare will continue their terms for another year. We look forward to a productive meeting and serving our membership in 2017.

Thu, Jan 26, 2017
6:30pm - 8:00 pm

SFNOMA Presents: Membership Meeting

The purpose of the meeting to is share all the events SFNOMA have in store for the first half of 2017. The SFNOMA invites OWADP members who would be interested in learning more about what SFNOMA does and how they can get involved.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.


Perkins + Will
2 Bryant Street
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please use the following link for event registration:

Sat, Jan 28, 2017
10:00 am

Informal OWA History and Archive Project

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting place: Carol Mancke's house at 6312 Florio St, Oakland 94618.
It is an 8 minute walk from Rockridge BART. There is also ample street parking available on Florio and surrounding streets.

Join us for an informal meeting for the OWA History and Archive Project, proposed in celebration of the organization's approaching 50th Anniversary.

As you may know there are extensive archives of OWADP materials and newsletters. This project strives to take the pieces of history recorded there, in addition to member contributions, and draft them into a cohesive whole. Our history is an important story to tell and to record, not only to celebrate our 50-year history, but also as a contribution to social history, women's history, and organizational history.

As discussed in Jean Nilsson's proposal made at the last business meeting (and available on request), we are now beginning to explore the archives and define the scope of the project. If you're interested in contributing as we go forward, please join us in exploring topics and drafting a working table of contents on the 28th.

We will have copies of the history booklet published for the 2013 40th Anniversary available, which at this time is able to act as a rough guide for the format of the 50th anniversary book. The meeting will include time for chatting over light refreshments.

Please RSVP using this poll (please note that you may need to be logged into the OWADP website to use this link). For more information please contact Jean Nilsson at jn@nilssonarchitect.

Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Arts & Culture Talk - Building Berkeley

Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

Building Berkeley
Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan & the UC Berkeley Campus

Join the Berkeley City Club for an Arts & Culture Talk with Margarette Lovell, Professor of the History of Art

Members of the Berkeley City Club: $5* | Non-Members: $10
*Please note that pricing cannot be charged to member account.

Please click here to buy tickets.

Julia's Lounge on the 2nd floor serves wonderful beer, wine & cocktails beginning at 4:30pm if you opt to come early and relax before the talk.

Tue, Feb 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pizza, wine and conversation with Wendy Bertrand about the Architecture and Feminisms Conference 2016

Date: Tuesday February 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: Carol's house 6312 Florio Street Oakland 94618
near Rockridge BART, lots of street parking available!

In November 2016, Wendy Bertrand attended ARCHITECTURE & FEMINISMS: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, a conference held at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Over 200 international researchers, academics, practitioners and advanced degree students participated.

Wendy has generously agreed to talk with interested OWADP members about the conference and some of the ideas that were presented there.

Please join us for a casual evening of pizza, wine and conversation with Wendy! To RSVP please follow this link or email Carol. (Please note that you may need to be logged in to the OWADP website to use the link.)

Fri, Mar 17, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


ADPSR calls for architects, designers, and contractors to submit alternative proposals to the federal government's solicitation for "more comprehensive long-term strategies related to the border wall."

Submissions are due March 31, 2017.

This is an opportunity to provide ideas supporting human rights, and to reinforce that designers will not collaborate with hate, racism, fear, or violence. Instead we can demand investment for the public good! Submissions may include text or images, and can be detailed or conceptual.
Read the full Request for Information from the Department of Homeland Security here.

This is an event to brainstorm ideas collectively, the more submissions we can generate the stronger our voice! Ronald Rael, whose forthcoming book is title Borderwall as Architecture, will be kicking off the evening with a small talk.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Sat, Mar 25, 2017
12:30 pm

Forensic Architecture: Kriss Raupauch

What’s a Forensic Architect?
. . . is the typical response Kristina receives when she tells people what she does, so she has decided to give a talk about it. This will not be an advice session, rather it will cover the practice of forensic architecture within the larger context of construction consulting and expertise specialization. This includes not only litigation work, but investigation, testing, insurance property loss, and more.
However, it is a field dominated by men and Kristina's professional mission this year is to encourage women to consider entering this field. She will provide some information on organizations, firms, and certifications for those interested in pursuing this aspect of the profession.
Join us for what should be a fascinating and informative talk!

When: Saturday March 25 2017, 12:30 PM
Where: Madsen, Kneppers & Associates, Inc., 100 Pringle Avenue,
Suite 340, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(7 min walk from the Walnut Creek BART station)

Refreshments and snacks provided

Mon, Apr 10, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lecture: Kazuyo Sejima

Zellerbach UCB
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
Berkeley, CA 94720

Kazuyo Sejima is a principal of SANAA, a Tokyo-based architecture and design firm she co-founded with Ryue Nishizawa in 1995.

SANAA’s architects and designers work on projects ranging in scale from residential and interior design to large complex buildings and urban planning schemes, as well as product and furniture design. SANAA “approaches each project with a fresh perspective,” believing that designs “arise from conditions particular to the site and program.”

Recent work includes the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland, and the Louvre-Lens in France. In the United States, SANAA designed the recently opened Grace Farms in Connecticut as well as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio.

Kazuyo Sejima studied at the Japan Women’s University where she received a master’s degree in architecture in 1981. Shortly thereafter she worked in the office of architect Toyo Ito. Kazuyo Sejima has taught at Princeton University and Tama Art University among other institutions, and with her partner Ryue Nishizawa curated the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2010. She and Ryue Nishizawa were named Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates that same year.

This lecture is presented with the Center for Japanese Studies and the UC Regents Lectures Program.

For tickets, please purchase them here

Wed, Apr 26, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

AIA SF Mentorship Speedmatch

The mentorship program is a unique architecture community that promotes diversity in experience and ideas and offers a platform for individuals to learn from each other in a fun and welcoming environment.

During this event you will have the opportunity to meet this year’s mentorship participants through a series of lightning fast introductions. (Seriously, it’s super fun, and super fast paced). All levels of experience are welcome to participate! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.

Tue, May 9, 2017
6:00 pm

BUILDING TOUR: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Location: LightHouse 1155 Market Street (near Civic Center BART)
Date and time: Tuesday May 9, 2017 6:00PM

About the project:
One of the oldest social-services organizations in California, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is on the forefront of technology and training for blind and low-vision individuals. Their old headquarters on Van Ness Avenue was a difficult-to-navigate, poorly-lit and uninspiring space. Their goal was to create a new headquarters that would be an uplifting, positive environment to demonstrate to individuals experiencing vision loss that the loss of vision is not an end but rather the beginning of a new way of life.
This tenant improvement project spans three floors of an existing building, comprising approximately 40,000 sf. A variety of programmatic spaces accommodate the wide range of services offered to LightHouse clients including: on-site optometry exam rooms; a retail store selling adaptive technology devices; training rooms for hands-on learning of Braille and other skills; a training kitchen for learning low-vision cooking techniques; a large multi-purpose room for LightHouse and community events; administrative offices; audio and video recording facilities and eleven dorm rooms where up to twenty-nine clients can stay on-site for immersive training and community-building.
Working with the LightHouse provided a unique opportunity for the design team to think about architecture and the design process in a new way. Our usual two-dimensional modes of graphic representation were useless for communicating design ideas to blind client representatives. The design team worked with LightHouse tactile graphics experts to develop tactile architectural drawings to aid in non-visual communication. Mark Cavagnero Associates worked closely with blind consulting architect Chris Downey, who is blind. Chris provided invaluable insight into design for blind users as well as adaptation of the design process for sighted architects working for blind clients.

About Katy:
Katy Perrings Hawkins has been working in architecture in the Bay Area for twelve years. After earning an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Illinois, she worked for four years in Chicago as a structural engineer before changing her career path and earning an MArch from the University of Michigan. She has been with Mark Cavagnero Associates for three years. She was the project manager for the LightHouse for the Blind project and is currently working on a new education building for the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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