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Volume 46:4
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In this issue:

Interview with Cindy Li, ACE Scholarship award recipient

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Tell us a little bit about your background.
I attended Oakland Charter high school for three years, and then I transferred to Oakland high because I wanted to experience what it was like to go to a public high school. Oakland high gave me many opportunities that I would not have gotten if I stayed at my previous school. I am glad that I transferred, because I had the opportunity to take a class called Civil Engineering Architecture. This class gave me a taste of what it was like to be an architect. I got to use software apps such as Revit to create a house from scratch using the tools provided. I've learned a lot from this class, and I hope to continue my education by taking as many course as I can to figure out which career path in the fields of design is suitable for me.

How did you come to design? And why did you decide to study this field?
I chose to study design, because this field allows me to explore the creative side of me. This field opens doors to countless opportunities for students like me that are passionate about design and want to explore what it have to offer. I knew I wanted to study this field, because I know that I am a creative individual and I want to be able to design and construct things that would one day improve the living space that we inhibit.

Madison Park's project that she did with her group members

What are your general interests and goals in design?
My general interest in design is to create what have not been created yet. What I mean by this is, I want to design and create something that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but also very useful. My goal in design is to improve the living space we inhabit so that we feel safe and secure. I also aim to design buildings that uses as much reusable materials as possible to somehow lessen the amount trash that is produced by us at a day to day base.

What have been the challenges in this process as a woman?
To begin with, being a woman is really hard especially since there are social norms set forth for us to follow. Most of the jobs that are considered suitable for our counterpart are less sought by after by women, because there is no female representative in that field. I aim to change that, because I believe that if you are passion driven than anything is possible as long as you have the support and guidance from family and friends. Woman like me, who want to pursue this career can be challenging because men make up majority of this career and it is intimidating to be the entering in this field knowing that it is comprised of men.
How did you hear about the scholarship and how did you feel when you heard you are nominated for that?
I heard about this scholarship during the time I attended ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) program. I felt exhilarated, when I realized that I was nominated for this scholarship, because I never had much luck when it comes winning a scholarships. If it wasn’t for ACE, I would have never gotten this opportunity to explore the different career paths that one can pursue in the fields of design and construction.

How do you see your future in design field and specifically as a women in this field?
As a women in this field, I see myself inspiring others like me to pursue this career. I believe that there are others like me that want to pursue a career in the design field, but they do not have the guidance or support to move them in the right direction. My high school teacher saw how passion driven I was in her Civil Engineering Architecture class, that she recommend me to sign up for this program called ACE. Through this program, I’ve gotten the chance to interact with professionals who worked in the fields of design and construction. I’ve learned valuable lessons from the mentors, and I hope to pass on this knowledge to the younger generations in hopes of inspiring them to pursue this career. My hope is that there will be an equal representation of women and men working in the fields of design and construction.

OWA EVENT: Somatic Design: How the Body Makes Marks: Toward a Somatic Shift in Architecture

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Galen Cranz, who is retiring from her long-standing position, Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, accompanied by Chelsea Rushton presented a Somatic Design workshop to a group of12 attendees on a Summer's Tuesday evening, in the mainly abandoned Wurster hall, College of Environmental Design. This workshop falls within a body of work and research for Galen.

Galen and Chelsea led the group in two drawing exercises that simply instructed that a building be drawn on one piece of paper and that a plaza be drawn on the other. This exercise was repeated, but importantly, punctuated by working in pairs. Couples took turns to gently touch the liver of one-another, from the back. Suddenly and quite deliberately, a loud noise was created, and participants felt and sensed the liver retreating.

Photo By Conyee Chan

Photo by Conyee Chan

In the drawing exercise that followed, the group observed that their drawing was more confident and sinuous; the page more full and often the perspective shifted, or became more focused on subject. I.e. there was a noticeable difference from the first attempts.

Photo By Conyee Chan

Photo by Conyee Chan

The evening was capped by visiting Galen's design-build project that is nearing completion this summer.

For anyone interested in reading more, please see Galen's paper, "Design and Somatic Experience: Preliminary Findings Regarding Drawing Through Experiential Anatomy" published in the Journal of Architectural Planning and Research (Winter 2014).

Galen Cranz is Professor Emerita of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago and is certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She teaches social and cultural approaches to architecture and urban design. Emphasizing ethnography as a research method, she brings users' as well as creators' perspectives to our understanding of built environments. Currently, she is publishing a new text on the use of ethnography for designers, Ethnography and Space. Her teaching includes the point of view of different American cultures, as part of Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement. In 2011 she received the Career Award, the highest award of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

Chelsea Rushton holds a BFA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Calgary, and she is certified at the 500 hour level as a yoga instructor. She is the developer and instructor of Art of the Soul: Creative Process as Spiritual Practice, a special topics lecture, seminar, and studio course that profiles 20th century modern and contemporary artists who engage in art-making as a method of spiritual inquiry and practice. Her creative endeavors have been supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the University of Calgary’s Centre for Research in the Fine Arts, and Calgary Arts Development.

Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity

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Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity
Symposium and Book Launch

September 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street
San Francisco

In the face of persistent social inequities worldwide, how can architects make a meaningful contribution? Housing’s primary position in our lives, economies and the built environment makes it a natural site of intervention in the complex fight against systemic injustices.

Bringing together housing experts from New York, Kigali, and the Bay Area, this program examines how housing projects, and the design processes behind them, can be interventions towards greater social equity. The event also marks the launch of the volume of Architectural Design (AD) of the same title, edited by Karen Kubey.

Fatou Dieye, Regional Project Coordinator, Skat Consulting
Karen Kubey, Guest-Editor, Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity, Architectural Design (AD)/Wiley; Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
Michael Pyatok, Principal, PYATOK architecture + urban design
Antje Steinmuller, Associate Professor, California College of the Arts; Associate Director, Urban Works Agency

Charise Fong, Chief Operating Officer, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

Free and open to the public.

More information at here!

Image credit: Copyright John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

In memory of Lois Davidson Gottlieb

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We have received a notice from one of our member, Inge Horton, that architect Lois Davidson Gottlieb passed away.

Lois Davidson Gottlieb was a residential designer based in San Francisco, California. She was born on November 13,1926 in San Francisco and attended Stanford University from 1944 to 1947, where she studied art and engineering and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She served as an apprentice to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright from 1948 to 1949 as part of the Taliesin Fellowship in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona. She did her graduate work at Harvard University's School of Design from 1949 to 1950.

Wright started the Fellowship in 1932 during the depression era when he had little or no work and thought it a worthwhile idea to train young architects. The apprentices came from all sorts of backgrounds and many different countries. Some of them joined the Fellowship because they had seen Wright's work, others because they had read his autobiography. All of them wanted to be involved with his new architecture and to emulate his approach, which was to make all aspects of living more beautiful and compatible with the environment. Taliesin was Wright's home and farm and Taliesin West in Arizona was his escape from the severe Wisconsin winters. Taliesin was operated as a self-contained working community where the apprentices became self-sufficient while continuing their architectural education.

A Way of Life is an extraordinary record of that eighteen months.

OWA Annual Business Meeting

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Save the Date!

The Annual Business Meeting and Steering Committee Elections is coming up on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

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.
More information coming soon!

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

Location: TBD

AIASF Equity by Design fifth Symposium on November 3, 2018

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#EQxDV : Voices, Values, Vision

AIA San Francisco Equity by Design (EQxD) Committee is proud to present our 5th Symposium, #EQxDV - Voices, Values, Vision, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8:30 – 5:00 pm at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Registration for #EQxDV open August 22 thru October 31
Click here to find out more and register!

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. We are looking for Thought Leaders who are content experts, passionate advocates, and those willing to shape portions of the day’s program. As with years prior, you will, together with our leadership group, be deeply involved in the design of the day’s experience.

Equity by Design [EQxD]

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