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Calendar | 2017



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.

Tue, Jul 11, 2017
6:00 pm

Youth Education Panel & Logo Competition Pin-Up


Join us for a summer evening of inspiring presentations by organizations that work with - future architects, designers, artist, thinkers and leaders! AND take a look at proposals for a new OWADP logo.


When: 6:00-9:00pm, July 11, 2017

Where: A2 Cafe space, California College of the Arts Oakland Campus, 5212 Broadway, Oakland (near the intersection of College and Broadway)

What: Panel discussion and summer evening gathering (refreshments served)

What else: proposals for a new OWADP logo will be on display during the gathering!

The OWADP July program features three organizations that work with young people in ways that empower them to become agents of change within their communities and encourages them to follow their dreams to become artists, architects, designers and/or planners. The session will be hosted at CCA's Oakland campus and introduced by Shalini Agrawal, Director of CCA's Center for Art + Public Life.

Joining the panel will be:

Sharla Sullivan of the A.C.E. Mentor program

With a mission 'to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction', A.C.E. Mentor now reaches over 8,000 high school students every year. A number of OWADP members have participated as A.C.E. mentors over the years and this year OWADP awarded a scholarship an excellent female graduate of the program who will begin undergraduate studies in architecture this year.

Deb McCoy, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Cities and Schools at UC Berkeley.

The Center for Cities and School's Y-Plan program is an award-winning and highly successful educational strategy that engages youth in urban planning and empowers them to create change in their communities.

Kali Gordon, Lead Faculty for Architecture at Youth Art Exchange

Youth Art Exchange brings San Francisco public high school students together with professional artists and designers to spark shared creative practice and to support young people to become thinkers, artists, designers and leaders.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception for members and their guests will be invited to view proposed designs for a new OWADP logo!

Please RSVP through Eventbrite here!

Tue, Jul 25, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Greener Buildings and Your Health


Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
111 Sutter St, 21st Floor
San Francisco, CA

Purchase tickets here

For close to 30 years, the green building movement has been working to improve the environmental impacts of the built environment on our cities and towns, setting standards and helping architects, designers, interior decorators, office managers, contractors and policy makers adopt sustainable design principles. The green building movement has moved from focusing on what should be limited to what can be restored, including a renewed focus on how indoor environments impact your health. Join WCS for a panel presentation about the latest trends in green building, and how your health is impacted by sustainable design.

- Mia Brondum, Business Development, WindowMaster Control Systems
- Halie Colbourne, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, Assistant Sustainability Manager, BCCI
- Christina Weber, Regional VP, Interface
- Alexandra Lichtenberg, MBA, MSc
- Lauren Elasik Goodwin, Project Manager, U.S. Green Building Council

Sat, Jul 29, 2017
10:00 am

Saturday Coffee and Chat


OWADP member Kriss Raupach will share her experiences of living in Saudi Arabia for two years while teaching English to women.

Mui Ho has graciously offered to host the event at her home on Saturday, July 29th, 10:00 am to noon.

Join us at Mui's:
1605 Arch Street
Berkeley 94709

Please RSVP here

Mon, Jul 31, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

New Logo Discussion


As you know, there has been a long-standing plan to update the OWADP logo. This intention was reconfirmed at the 2016 visioning retreat. As a first step to restarting the process, the Steering Committee put out a call for proposals that ended on June 30 2017. As a next step, we invite interested OWADP members to join us to discuss the concepts and values we would like the new logo to express and to review the proposals we received with these in mind. This conversation will take place 7:00 - 8:30 pm on 31 July at 6312 Florio Street, Oakland (Carol Mancke's house near intersection of College and Claremont). Light food and beverages will be served and rides back to BART afterwards can be provided.

Please email Carol Mancke if you would like to attend: cjmancke@hotmail.com

Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Units


At Rockridge Library in Oakland

Thu, Sep 21, 2017
6:00 pm

Launch of Emerging Public Interest Design Professional Network (EPIDPN)


Where: SFMoMA, 151 3rd St, SF
When: September 21, 6-8pm

The goal of “EPIDPN” is to support the new generation of practitioners in public interest design through knowledge sharing, collaborative learning opportunities and partnerships. In addition, we hope to
- generate a path for meaningful and sustainable work
- enrich and expand the skill-set of emerging leaders through professional development
- develop a strong understanding of the public interest design through dialog and guest speakers
- create a cross-sector professional network
- engage in interdisciplinary opportunities to collaborate
- supporting diversity and equity

Based on your responses from the google pre-survey, we will discuss
- structure of the group
- areas of capacity-building
- schedule and commitment of meetings
- a name for the group

Please rsvp and complete this pre-survey by 9/19:

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

OWA Annual Retreat


September 29 - October 1, 2017

Theme: Equity Resilience Power

The main program will be a workshop which will use techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed to explore the topic: Equity Resilience Power. Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by Brazilian Augusto Boal, is based on the work of Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire. As a teaching technique, Theatre of the Oppressed trains the audience to take action and explore critical thinking, analyzing current social issues. Our presenter, Elizabeth Gore, worked for a decade with Theater of the Oppressed groups in the U.S. and abroad. She trained directly with Theater of the Oppressed founder, Augusto Boal. Ms. Gore has a B.S. in Radio, Television and Film from Northwestern University (2003), an M.A. in Anthropology of Education from Stanford University (2007), and a M.A. in Teaching from Brown University (2008). After teaching drama at a high school in Richmond, CA, Ms. Gore will join the Industrial Areas Foundation as a community organizer.

View retreat details here

Wed, Oct 18, 2017
6:00 pm

The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race - Book Reading


Wed. Oct. 18 6-9pm by New Village Press the published arm of (ADPSR) Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility

Location: Impact Hub in Oakland


The pre-registration, which is free, says it cuts off by Oct. 3.

October Release - The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

New Village Press is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of our Fall lead title by social and environmental justice leader Carl Anthony -- Earth City Race cover The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race. This much-awaited work interweaves urban history and racial justice with the author's personal experiences as an African-American architect and environmentalist. Carl Anthony connects the logics behind slavery, community disinvestment, and environmental exploitation to address the most pressing issues
of our time.

If you want to understand why today's intersections between environment, race and class are so crucial, then this is the book to read. And if you want to learn how to make change, then it's the book to dog-ear and underline!
-- Bill McKibben

The book will launch at the Impact Hub in Oakland, California, Wednesday, October 18th and at The New School in New York, Wednesday, November 15th. Carl Anthony will also be presenting and signing books at additional events this fall including: California Vision 2020, Sacramento, 9/21; Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, 10/21; Green Apple Books, San Francisco, 11/7; 25th Anniversary of the Universe Story, Oakland, 11/9; and Bluestockings Bookstore, New York, 11/16.

Apparently California Vision 2020, Sacramento, 9/21 is a three day conference in Davis.

Wed, Nov 8, 2017
6:30 pm

Annual Business Meeting + Elections


Save the Date!

The Annual Business Meeting and Steering Committee Elections is coming up on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

We will review the budget from this past year, pass the new budget and hold elections for new steering committee members. Food and drink provided.

Time: 6:30pm

MH Architects
2325 3rd Street, Studio 426,
San Francisco, CA 94107

Tue, Nov 14, 2017
6:00 pm

Accessory Dwelling Units


The realtor and residential designer, Loni Gray, will speak about The Accessory Dwelling Law and collective living.
Architects will share their process of design, permitting and/or construction and pricing of a few ADU projects. Each Planning and Building Dept. has developed slightly different guidelines on how to implement the CA mandate for ADU's to be allowed in all jurisdictions that went into effect in Jan. 2017.

From real-life, local experience, a few Architects will share the extra steps these kinds of projects require before and after the new ADU regulations were mandated in all jurisdictions in CA.

The event will take place on Tuesday November 14, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Rockridge Library (5366 College Avenue, Oakland 94618).

As place-makers and creators of our dwellings, we have a direct impact on how well our communities fare. And as women, we can bring a unique eye, mind and heart to nurturing today's real families and their real needs.

* Can we come to the table without assumptions about how to house
people, and grow beyond the cultural assumption and expectations?
* Can we use the needs of today's families to drive new design?
* Is it time for a new American Dream of housing, and what might
that look like?
* How can we use existing laws and policy to advantage, and do
meaningful work?

Loni Gray will talk about her champion clients and what they've taught her about how they want to live. She will explain how she uses existing policy and works to create financing and acceptance for new housing forms. Loni began in the 80's redesigning and rehabbing small condemned homes. During the recession she transformed single family housing into collaborative living environments, while also advocating for better shared housing policy. Loni looks across many industries for solutions.

Sun, Dec 10, 2017

OWADP Holiday Party


Location: East Bay

Time: 4-7pm

Gilda's House
1076 Arlington Blvd
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Please join us for the OWADP 2017 Holiday Celebration! Check back soon for additional information.

OWADP 2017 Steering Committee: Carol, Conyee, Cynthia, Hannah, Helen, Rebecca and Spring


Mon, Jan 1, 2018

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 Rebecca Friedberg, Carol Mancke, Aziza Zare, and Cynthia Bathgate. New members starting their terms will be Maryam Moayery Nia, Bridget Basham, and Leslie Golden. Conyee Chan, Hannah Chatham, Helen Vasquez, and Spring Friedlander will continue their terms for another year. We look forward to a productive meeting and serving our members in 2018.

*Steering committee members met on 12/19/17 at a request from new steering committee member.

Sat, Jan 13, 2018
5:00pm - 6:30pm

An Evening with Julia Morgan


An Evening with Julia Morgan
A Portrayal by Betty Marvin

Saturday, 13 January @5:00-6:30pm

Join us for an evening with Julia Morgan, as portrayed by historian Betty Marvin. Hear about Julia Morgan’s work, local buildings, life, travels, relationships and even her impact upon Rockridge, specifically through the building of College Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1917.

Appropriate for all Ages
Free event/donations accepted
Followed by a Reception

This is part of our year-long centennial celebration!

5951 College Avenue (in Rockridge)
Oakland CA 94618

Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Women's March - Saturday Jan. 20th Oakland CA


Join other OWA + DP members in kicking off 2018 at the Women's March in Oakland this coming Saturday!

Gathering Time: 9:45am
Gathering Location: Oak Street Entrance of the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

Directions: It is recommended that you take BART to Lake Merrit Station and walk to Museum Entrance.

Gathering Departure and Route: At 10am the our group will head to Lake Merrit Amphitheatre along Oak Street, turning right along 12th and settling at the NW corner of the Lake Merrit Amphitheatre and March Starting point.

For information regarding 'Unity Principles or Why We March?', Rally and March route, what to wear, what not to bring etc. please visit this page:


We anticipate rain.
We anticipate there will not be any cell phone reception the day of the event.

Please feel free to contact OWA + DP Program Coordinators Bridget Basham on 510-919-9312 or at bbasham@hkit.com & Spring Friedlander on 510-652-7600 or at SpringF.Remodeling@sbcglobal.net

We look forward to seeing you there!

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