Newsletter | Sep/Oct 2011

OWA Annual Business Meeting, October 18, 2011, 6 - 9 PM
by Gabriela Chamu

Location: San Francisco Design Center Showplace
2 Henry Adams Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Please contact Gabriela Chamu @ or via phone (415) 722-1303 for any additional information about this venue.

Plan to attend the annual meeting. Meet old friends and make new ones. We will be voting on new members to the steering committee, the annual operating budget for 2012, and the venue for the 40th Anniversary Gala in 2013 as well as discussion on programming you would like to see for 2012. Here’s the agenda and information on the nominees. (Any questions or additions to the agenda, please contact Joanne Winship)

1. Approval of the addition of 4 New Steering Committee Members
2. Discussion and Approval of 2012 Operating Budget
3. Discussion and Approval of Venue and Operating Budget for 40th Anniversary Events in 2013
4. Status Report on Activity with the State
5. Discussion on Program Goals for 2012
6. Report out on activity of the committee pods: public service, media, business development, eco-village, book circles, mentoring program, and the 40th anniversary.
7. Other Business

Steering Committee Nominees
The following four members have volunteered to serve for the next two years, 2012 -2013: Eliza Hart, Rosemary Muller, Rachel Slonicki and Cameron White. They will be replacing Leslie Golden, Karlene Gullone, Gilda Puente-Peters and Joanne Chow Winship who have served for the past two years. Those Steering Committee members remaining for another year are Susan Aitken, Dede Tave, and Gabi Chamu.

ElLIZA HART, Architect, Planner

In addition to being a licensed architect, Eliza is expert in sustainable design and is a Green Point Rated™ Advisor. She is also skilled in urban design, geographic information systems, and computer modeling. Before forming Hart Wright Architects, Eliza was employed at Studio Bergtraun Architects, and before that at Sagan Piechota Architecture. She has worked on a variety of residential and commercial projects, including both remodels and new construction (supervising the latter from schematic design to construction documents to construction). She received her Master of Architecture and Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eliza’s Statement: I would like to serve on the steering committee as the newsletter coordinator. I believe being active in such a group will help with my resume of volunteer work. I also wish to get to know fellow members and to understand how the organization works. I am very organized and already am secretary and on the board of directors of a family company outside my architectural practice. I will use some of the skills developed from this endeavor for this organization.

ROSEMARY MULLER, Architect FAIA, Civil Engineer

Rosemary is a licensed Civil Engineer as well as Architect. Along with general expertise in architectural design and design team organization, she has special expertise in the following areas: Green Design (LEED™), Pre-design and Master Planning, Site Analysis and Design, Seismic Upgrade, Historic Preservation and K-12 Schools. She is president of Muller & Caulfield Architects. Rosemary is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of California, Berkeley. Current projects include the East County Hall of Justice and new fire station in Alameda County, and a master plan for 3 park buildings in Kensington. She has served on the State Seismic Safety Commission, and the Oakland landmarks Preservation Advisory Board.

Rosemary’s Statement: Now that I am finished serving on the Oakland Landmarks Board, I look forward to becoming active in the OWA again. I hope to get to know more members, as well as catch up again with the old timers. This will be my 3rd time on the OWA steering committee. The first was in 1973 or '74.


My name is T. Rachel Slonicki. In response to a request to recruit new steering committee members for the upcoming two years, I am volunteering to serve. I am licensed to practice architecture in the State of California and am a sole proprietor of Little Elephant Architecture. My architectural practice focuses on alterations, additions, remodels, repairs, and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. I became a member of the OWA, approximately in 1992, after moving to the San Francisco Bay area in the fall of 1991. I served on the steering committee between the years of 1994-1996 and acted as a liaison between the OWA and LEAADD between the years of 1997-2001. Cameron White and I currently co-chair the service pod.

My motivation to serve on the committee is to reciprocate the good will, knowledge, and opportunities that I have benefited from as a member of the OWA. I believe in supporting women and men as they pursue careers in the design and construction industry. Through collaboration with the other members of the committee, I hope to develop programming that members will find stimulating, educational, and promote creativity.


I am a Senior Project Manager working for Kaiser Permanente for the last 12 years. I went to UC Berkeley and got a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and I'm a Registered Architect in California. I've worked on primarily health care related projects, including hospital additions and new medical offices. In the last few years, I've focused on infrastructure projects and community involvement. In my work, I'm presently very involved in working with community groups, in efforts to improve diversity and in tracking our project's sustainable features. I'm working on Kaiser's Oakland Replacement, and I work with the City of Oakland a lot. I serve as a mentor to high school students as part of my work. I'm married and have two grown children and one grandchild. I've been in a jazz vocal group, and I like music and dance. I live in Berkeley.

I'm interested in being on the OWA Steering Committee because OWA has been an important influence in my life. It has shaped my view of architecture and how my work fits in. I've met many contacts and mentors, and have gotten jobs through OWA contacts. I love the annual retreats. I've been on the Steering Committee twice before, in the '70's and '80's. I'm interested in expanding mentoring. Working with students has been rewarding for me, and I see it as a way to increase women's participation in architecture and related fields.

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