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Calendar | 2016



Sat, Jan 23, 2016

Lutah Marie Riggs Film (2014) Viewing and Discussion


Architect Lutah Marie Riggs, (1896-1984), educated at UC Berkeley and practiced in Santa Barbara. Award winning 65 minute film A Passion for Architecture: A Life of Design by the Lutah Marie Riggs Society http://Lutah.org.

Mui Ho and the late OWA member Nancy Florence visited Ms. Riggs in 1982. Mui will start the discussion that will continue into our concerns about architecture today.

Location: 1605 Arch Street Berkeley off Cedar

Fresh fruit, scones and morning buns from the Cheese Board will be available with coffee or tea.

RSVP Wendy Bertrand at eyeonplace@gmail.com

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
5:30 - 7:00

The Contemporary Jewish Museum Tour


Please join the OWA to tour the Roman Vishniac exhibit at The Contemporary Jewish Museum on Thursday 2/25/2016. Our group will meet at the Board Room for a meet and greet at 5:30 pm (light snacks and beverages will be provided), the tour will start at 6:00 pm.

Thu, Apr 21, 2016
5:00 pm

Lecture: Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life by Farah Al-Nakib


Location: 305 Wurster Hall College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Farah Al-Nakib is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait. In Kuwait Transformed, Farah Al-Nakib connects the city's past and present, from its settlement in 1716 to the twenty-first century, through the bridge of oil discovery. The history that emerges reveals how decades of urban planning, suburbanization, and privatization have eroded an open, tolerant society and given rise to the insularity, xenophobia, and divisiveness that characterize Kuwaiti social relations today. The book makes a call for a restoration of the city that modern planning eliminated.

Wed, Apr 27, 2016
6:00 pm



AIASF Equity by Design is pleased to host Despina Stratigakos in the launch of her newest book WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? Join us for a special evening at AIA San Francisco to meet the author, discover highlights from the book and participate in a discussion with panelists on featured topics.

For more information and registration, click here

Tue, May 10, 2016
6:00 pm

Lecture: Ethnography for Designers by Galen Cranz


Galen Cranz will be giving a lecture on her new book Ethnography for Designers .

Location: 172 Wurster Hall College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tue, Jun 21, 2016
5:30 pm

Winning more work with BIM!


Autodesk invites members of the Organization of Woman Architects and Design Professionals to an exclusive free evening workshop and reception at their Gallery at One Market in San Francisco

When: June 21 2016
What: Networking from 5:30; Workshop from 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Autodesk, One Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, 94105

To book use the following link:

More information is here

Tue, Jul 12, 2016
6:00 pm

SFO Tour


Time: 6:00 PM
Meeting place: SFO Terminal 2 'Meeting Point'
As you come down from the T2 Air Train Station follow signs the the 'Meeting Point which is behind Starbucks, next to the security checkpoint and where arriving passengers emerge. You will see comfy seating and colorful art work on the walls.

Join the women's group at the Design + Construction division of San Francisco International Airport for a program about their vision for the airport and how they make it happen through design standards and collaborative team work. The program will start with a tour of one of the recently renovated terminals at 6:00 pm, continue with a visit to the 'Big Room' where a team of contractors, architects and engineers are working together on two new projects for Terminal 1, and finish with networking and refreshments.

RSVP here.

Sun, Jul 24, 2016
12:00 pm

OWA-DP Picnic & Informal Tour at City Slicker Farms' West Oakland Farm-Park


Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: West Oakland Farm Park - Peralta Street between Hannah and Helen, Oakland, CA 94608

Please join us for a casual pot-luck picnic at the newly-opened City Slicker Farms' West Oakland Farm-Park!

We will gather around noon on the grassy lawn to socialize and enjoy the sunshine. At 1pm we will take an informal tour around the park to view the farm area and community garden. Partners and kids are welcome!

OWADP will provide ice, paper plates, cups and utensils. Please bring drinks and food to share.

City Slicker Farms organizes low-income children, youth and adults in West Oakland and across Alameda County to grow, distribute and eat more healthy, fresh produce.

This event is free. If you would like to make a donation, it will be passed directly to City Slicker Farms. You can even make a donation if you can't attend! Alternatively, you can make a direct donation to CSF here: http://www.cityslickerfarms.org/donate-now

Please RSVP here.

Fri, Aug 5, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Building Acoustics with Charles M. Salter Associates


OWA-DP would like to invite you for an evening with Charles M. Salter Associates on Friday the 5th of August. The principal consultant Ethan Salter and his colleagues will address architectural acoustics before and after construction, as long as strategies and techniques to reduce noise in a space. Charles M. Salter Associates is one of the oldest acoustical consulting firms in the Bay Area, the firm was found in 1975 and they are well known with their acoustical consulting, audiovisual system design, security and other services.

6:00 - 6:30 networking and refreshments
6:30 - 7:00 presentation
7:00 - 7:30 interactive presentation + questions

Date: Friday Aug, 5, 2016
Address: 130 Sutter St. San Francisco - Suite#500

*Seating is limited please reserve now at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-acoustics-with-charles-m-salter-associates-tickets-26831648182

Sun, Aug 14, 2016
10 am

Steering Committee Meeting


Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: Cynthia's Apartment

Fri, Sep 16, 2016

Annual Retreat


Theme: Navigating Life Transitions: Tools for Change

Regardless of our present stage of life, life is dynamic and change is certain. As the pace of change in our personal lives and on the planet have seemingly accelerated, the need to successfully navigate the transitions created by change becomes ever more critical.

In this workshop, through experiential exercises and dialogue, we will learn and practice simple tools to assist us in consciously and effectively moving through life's continual transitions with ease and clarity so that we may make wise and appropriate decisions. We will also learn how to identify and deal with resistance to change so that we may more easily access our innate wisdom and intuition.

Please call Janet Crane 415 398 4094 with questions or early reservations.

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Ellen Lou/SOM - Julia Morgan Lecture Series


Excerpt from Berkeley City Club Conservancy:

"The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting and inspiring lecture series this fall. The architects featured in Women Speak: Four Architects on Design are leaders in promoting sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning.

Ellen Lou’s life, education and distinguished career span the Pacific Rim during a period when the challenges of rapid urbanization have demanded her global perspective and expertise. As Director of SOM’s Urban Design and Planning Practice in San Francisco, she leads the design of groundbreaking development strategies for vital metropolitan centers. In a time when cities represent the greatest hope for a sustainable future, her practice helps cities plan wisely for the future. A sought after speaker and advisor nationally and internationally, she consults regularly with planning officials and development community."

Visit their website for ticketing info

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Laura Hartman/Fernau & Hartman- Julia Morgan Lecture Series


Excerpt from Berkeley City Club Conservancy

"The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting and inspiring lecture series this fall. The architects featured in Women Speak: Four Architects on Design are leaders in promoting sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning.

Laura Hartman‘s professional resume includes student unions at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Evergreen Valley College, the Napa Valley Museum, and the Nickelodeon Headquarters in New York. Hartman has worked closely in long-term relationships with diverse client groups–Co-Housing for the Cheesecake Consortium, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, and CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo– skillfully accommodating and mediating multiple voices. She has worked on many sustainable projects including the library at the University of California at Merced and numerous residences in the Bay Area and throughout North America."

Visit their website for ticketing info

Tue, Oct 25, 2016
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Business Meeting


Location :

Gensler Oakland Office
2101 Webster Street
Suite 2000
Oakland, CA 94612

Please join us for our annual business meeting, where we will elect new steering committee members along with approving next year's budget. A light dinner and refreshments will be served.

Thu, Oct 27, 2016
7:30 pm

Marsha Maytum/Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects - Julia Morgan Lecture Series


Excerpt from The Berkeley City Club Conservancy:

"The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting and inspiring lecture series this fall. The architects featured in Women Speak: Four Architects on Design are leaders in promoting sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning.

Marsha Maytum, a Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco, has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially-responsible projects that promote sustainable design. Her work includes the creation of new buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings, and adaptive reuse of existing structures. Among her notable projects are Sweetwater Spectrum Community (a housing solution for adults with autism), North Beach Branch Library, Cavallo Point Lodge at the Golden Gate, the Thoreau Center for Sustainability (a former army hospital at the Presidio), and the California College of the Arts San Francisco Campus."

Visit their website for ticketing info

Fri, Oct 28, 2016
3:00 pm

wikiD: Women.Wikipedia.Design


Location: California Historical Society
Sponsored by AIASF

Lori Brown and Justine Clark will discuss their collaboration on wikiD, the effort to write more women architects into Wikipedia. They will discuss where the idea and inspiration behind the project came from, how it began, its evolution into an international effort spearheaded between groups in New York, Melbourne and Berlin as well as the impacts wikiD has had thus far.

For more information and to register:

Fri, Oct 28, 2016
5 - 8 pm

AIA Equity by Design Symposium Reception


AIA Equity by Design Symposium is sold out but you're invited to the opening night reception! OWA member Lucy Irwin will be the first speaker, so be sure to get there right at 5pm to see her speak!

Friday, October 28th, 5-8pm
Autodesk Gallery
1 Market Street, Suite 200
Price: $20

Tickets are selling out! Purchase your ticket here

Wed, Nov 9, 2016
7:30 pm

Allison Williams/AECOM - Julia Morgan Lecture Series


Excerpt from The Berkeley City Club Conservancy

"The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting and inspiring lecture series this fall. The architects featured in Women Speak: Four Architects on Design are leaders in promoting sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning.

Allison Williams’ work spans civic, cultural and research facilities and includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Facility; the August Wilson Center, a performing arts center in Pittsburgh PA; CREATE at the National University of Singapore; the new Calexico US Port of Entry; and the Princess Nora Abdulrahman University Health Sciences and Research Campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (for 40,000 Islamic Women)."

Visit their website for ticketing info

Mon, Nov 14, 2016

SFUFF 2016 Festival


Through powerful storytelling and film, come experience the 2016 SF Urban Film Festival "Creating Just Cities" on November 14 -20!

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sfuff-2016-creating-just-cities-tickets-28175073403

Tue, Nov 22, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Charles and Ray Eames Film "The Architect and the Painter"


Berkeley Design Within Reach Studio
1770 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Click here for more info and a RSVP link.

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.)

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