by Mui Ho
The OWA Steering Committee and the 30th Anniversary Celebration committee are finalizing the event dates for the coming year. To offer advance notice of these events, tentative dates and topics are listed on the right hand side of this page. In addition to the regular bi-monthly meetings, special events are listed as well that various groups of members may consider organizing around. We hope that this information will entice you to join the various activities that pique your interest.
Our newsletter is a forum for members to raise issues regarding our practice, to create dialogue or discourse between members, and to share our insights or interests. We encourage our members to give us feedback on the newsletter. Members who love to write, please consider submitting articles on architecture, women or any subject that may interest our membership. I am also interested in books on related topics that you may recommend to OWA members. Please forward articles or titles to Mui Ho
Upcoming OWA Events
Holiday Benefit Party at Laura Eichel's house 3828 High Street, Oakland 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Come and start our holiday season with our traditional benefit event for the homeless shelter. Bring unwrapped gifts for men, women or children. Gifts will be donated to local shelters in time for the holidays. Since last year, the shelters prefer that we do not wrap the gifts. This will aid them to distribute them appropriately.
Tuesday 30 Feb.: OWA Program - Wall Finishes. Speaker Tricia Felber. At Tricia's studio 46 Idaho St., Point Richmond. 6:30 pm
Saturday 8 Mar: 30th Anniversary Gala Party with Friends at Casa de la Vista, Treasure Island. Dinner, music and dance. 5:30pm to 11pm
Tuesday 22 Apr: OWA program - Visit to Clift Hotel. Sunset. San Francisco 6:30pm
Sunday 25 May: 30th Anniversary Run - Bay to Breakers
Wed 18 Jun: OWA Program - Co-Housing Project: Swan's Market - guided by Joani Blank. 930 Clay Street, Oakland. 6:30pm
19 Jun to 1 Jul: 30th Anniversary Trip to Ecuador Led by G.Puente-Peter and M.Strothers
Tuesday 19 Aug: OWA Program - Berkeley Library Tour. Cynthia Ripley, Architect 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 6:30pm
Saturday 13 Sep: 30th Anniversary Symposium. Wurster Hall Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley. 10am to 5pm
19 Sep-21 Sep: 30th Anniversary Retreat Westerbeke Range, Sonoma, California
Tuesday 21 Oct: OWA Program - Annual Business Meeting. Location to be announced. 6:30pm
Tuesday 16 Dec: OWA Program - Holiday Benefit Party. Location to be announced, 6:30pm
Trip to Ecuador
Our trip to Ecuador is filling up: at the last retreat 11 members signed-up and an additional five are on the maybe list out of 12 spaces. The group includes architects, planners, landscape architects and engineers. The group also encompasses diverse cultural backgrounds which will enrich the experience.
The $500 deposit is due at the end of October, sent to Marda Stothers at 2600 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94704. Call her at (415)977-8031. Marda is the overall trip coordinator and our member Gilda Puente-Peters from Ecuador will be leading the trip. The trip budget is expected to be around $ 2,000.00. This will include round trip tickets to Quito, lodging, and in some cases breakfast and local transportation. We are currently contacting local architects in Quito to plan some activities together and visit some offices. We also plan to visit the Colegio de Architectos, equivalent to the AIA, and will share a "parrillada" (barbecue) with Gilda's colleagues at a colonial farm outside of Quito.
We will be visiting several Andean cities and small villages. One of the highlights will be viewing the colonial architecture in downtown Quito, dating to the 1600s, with its many churches, cloisters, museums and civic buildings. The modern northern part of Quito has many places of interest; we will enjoy the culture, local cuisine and scenic views. The trip starts at 9,000 feet and only goes up from there!!
Ecuador is a small Andean country with a large architectural and cultural diversity. We will be visiting the Avenue of the Volcanoes, staying overnight at different colonial haciendas, tasting the local food, meeting artisans. We will take side trips to local markets, natural hot springs, folklore clubs. You will have the opportunity to stand on both hemispheres at the Equator.
The weather is spring-like, so dressing in layers is the best bet since temperatures fluctuate daily due to the altitude. Members who wish to extend their stay in Ecuador may consider also visiting the Rain Forest, the Coastal Region (beaches) or the Galapagos Islands
Please refer to the Sep/Oct Newsletter for complete trip itinerary.
30th Anniversary Gala Party
Symposium Speaker Profiles
by Tricia Felber
Liliana Beltran has recently finished a stint in Kuwait working as a UNESCO consultant. While in Kuwait, Liliana, Sheikha Hussah al-Sabah, and a team of UNESCO multi-disciplinary experts worked on the restoration of the Kuwait National Museum. The scope of work included security upgrades and architectural and interior design. The museum houses the largest collection of Islamic Art in the Arab world. The original museum was designed by Echochard, a French architect, in the 50's, but was not completed until the 70's. Liliana has found a new position at Texas A&M, teaching Ph.D., Masters and undergraduate students at the College of Architecture.
Hope Coffin has a cross-disciplinary practice incorporating architecture and landscape design. Her business, Delightful Gardens, was established in 1994. Prior to her landscape work, Hope worked as an architect for Bennett Christopherson for seven years. In her landscape design she focuses on the effects of the shape of space. She is interested in people's kinesthetic response to hills, valleys and ridges.
Hope came from a landscape tradition with her mother and stepfather landscape architects, and her sister a horticulturist and garden designer. While touring Europe for a year during her Masters at UC Berkeley, she worked with a firm on the design of a mosque for the King Fahd Academy for Muslim Children.
The newsletter archive on the website now reaches back to mar/apr 2002 issue. We will post Latest Newsletters for your convenience. We will be launching the 30th Anniversary Celebration calendar, with all the details. For the most current information on OWA events, please refer to the website.
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