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Monthly Newsletter of the AIA Santa Clara Valley Chapter AIASCV

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AIA Santa Clara Valley Corporate Partners play an important role in our Chapter. All of these local companies are proven leaders in their fields and provide continuing support to our local Chapter and our architects.


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Bernardo Grijalva Professional Affiliate AIA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER

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OBITUARY

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INDUSTRY NEWS

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2013 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

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- DAVID W. LAKAMP FUND

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- ERLICH ROMINGER FUND

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- LEO AND TRINIDAD SANCHEZ FUND

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- WILLIAM R. HAWLEY FUND

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AIASCV MENTOR PROGRAM

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2013 PORTFOLIO SHOW

2013 AIASCV SOFTBALL LEAGUE

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SLATTER CONSTRUCTION

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A totally new business concept demands the same from design. -Donna Pohlad, co-owner, dpHue

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dpHue Concept Store Maple Grove, Minnesota Julie Snow Architects | juliesnowarchitects.com


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Steve Sowa, AIA President

Britt Lindberg, AIA

Vice President/President Elect

Ed Janke, AIA Secretary

Samuel Sanderson, AIA Treasurer

Chuck Campanella, Associate AIA Associates Director

Passion for Construction We love what we do. The buildings we choose to build can change lives. From research centers that eliminate diseases to institutions that educate tomorrow’s leaders, our work

Kay Mascoli

Executive Director Directors

Brigitte Williams, AIA Eugene W. Ely, AIA Thang Do, AIA Brian Mah, AIA David Regester, AIA Baraka Al Ramah (Keko) AIAS Student Liaison

makes a difference. There is pride in all that we do, continually strengthening our commitment.

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Rudolph and Sletten’s work ethics are one of the highest in the industry.� Jerry D. Jordan

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Jeff Current, AIA Past President

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Summer is Here The April 24 Scholarship Chapter Meeting at the Historic Del Monte Building in Sunnyvale Building was quite a gala event! Four students were recognized at the evening and received scholarships for their outstanding portfolio submissions. Representatives from each of the four funds acknowledged the students who then spoke about their own dreams and Kay Mascoli aspirations in AIA SCV Executive Director becoming future Photo: Bernardo Grijalva Photography architects. Student’s family members also joined in the celebration. Portfolios from all students who submitted for the 2013 Scholarship program had an opportunity to “show off ” their work via their portfolios that were displayed during the evening and through visual images that ran on displays throughout the evening. Paul W. Welch, Jr., Hon. AIA, joined the AIA California Council gave an encouraging talk on the future of architecture for these young students. Paul has a long history with the American Institute of Architects, having held positions at both the National and State levels. Because of his his unwavering belief in the power of the architectural license a scholarship program was created in his name that recognizes the significant contributions of California interns at early stages in their careers and encourage them to complete the licensure process by covering the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

A BIG THANKS TO OUR MAY CHAPTER MEETING SPONSORS! Chapter Meeting Sponsor

AIASCV Chapter Member & supporter from the community of Palo Alto Hors D’oeuvres Sponsor

Green Roof Specialists – provided garden roof solution for the project Bar Sponsor

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AIASCV UPCOMING EVENTS: All Chapter Meetings are scheduled to be held on a Wednesday, unless otherwise noted! June 14: Annual Golf Tournament, Coyote Creek Golf Club, 12:30 pm Shotgun, Prizes, Golf “Prize Drawings”, food and fun! July 17: The Roundhouse, Residential Tour, Los Altos Hills

Provided metal wall & roof panel systems for the project

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Michael Cervantes

Born: November 23, 1974 Passed: Wednesday, May 15th 2013 of natural causes. Michael graduated from UC Berkeley in 1996 and was married to Martha. Together they have a nearly two year old son named Mateo. During his career, Michael worked at Anderson Brule Architects from 2000 to 2002 and at Steinberg Architects from 2002 to 2009 here in San Jose. Michael was the also the Co-Editor and Contributing Writer and Photographer for AIA Santa Clara Valley Chapter’s Tracings Newsletter from 2005 to 2006.   On his LinkedIn profile, this is how he described himself:

He was all that he describes professionally, and as a person, many agree that he was passionate about life, about architecture, about the environment. He was a loving husband, proud father, and amazing friend – quick with a helping hand, a joke, a laugh and a smile. He has touched so many people and the world is truly a darker place without him. Michael's friends and co-workers at have set up a Memorial Fund. www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/honor-thememory-of-michael-cervantes-husband-fatherfriend-/60148

“I am a forward thinking, architect and BIM technology specialist who believes strong listening and communication skills are an essential component to successfully delivering high quality, energy efficient buildings. In every work setting, I strive to foster a team oriented work environment, and keep an eye toward leading edge technology while constantly working to develop creative and flexible solutions that aim to exceed client expectations at every stage of a project.”

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sustainable design.

wwwStudioCurrent.com Architectural Furniture Interior Design


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HMC Architects Announces new President by HMC Architects

San Francisco, Calif.—June 10, 2013: HMC Architects is pleased to announce the appointment of Beverly J. Prior, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C to president of the 330-person firm. As president Prior will be responsible for the growth, strategy and development of the core practices at HMC. She will operate in a dual leadership structure alongside the firm’s CEO, Brian Staton. Staton will continue to be responsible for the business operations and management of the firm. With more than 30 years of experience, Prior brings to the position leadership experience that is rooted in developing a unified vision, team building and driving toward excellence. In 1986, she founded Beverly Prior Architects, a nationally renowned architectural firm that was consistently listed in the top l00 womanowned businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. During her tenure she led the design of numerous award-winning and groundbreaking projects, including the Oakland Unified School District’s New ACORN Woodland and EnCompass Academy Elementary Schools; City of Los Banos Community Center; and the County of Alameda’s New Juvenile Justice Complex, which was the first LEED Gold-certified juvenile justice facility in the nation. In 2009, Prior’s achievements as an architect, entrepreneur and contributor to the profession earned her election into the AIA’s College of Fellows; and her contributions to the profession continued as she served on the National AIA Board of Directors from 2011-2012. Prior served as president of Beverly Prior Architects for 25 years until 2011 when the firm merged with HMC Architects. Since joining HMC, Prior has been a visible leader within the firm, serving as the civic/justice practice leader and chair of the firm’s Practice Forum, which oversees the four core practices of civic/justice, healthcare, higher education and K–12 across nine offices. She is a proven collaborative leader and has built a national reputation in partnering with clients in the strategic planning and design of educational, civic and justice facilities. Prior and her team are continually recognized as innovators in sustainable justice—in May 2013, HMC received an AIA Academy of

Architecture for Justice honor award for the San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility.   “Today’s complex business environment requires a new leadership model. At HMC we are reassessing our value proposition to clients as well as the way we produce work internally,” said Brian Staton, CEO of HMC. “It takes a high level of focus to drive our firm in the right direction and to raise the caliber of our service to clients. To best accomplish both, we’ve split the role of president and CEO to delineate between growing the business and producing the work. Beverly Prior brings the strategic skillset needed to lead the firm as president. As president, she will continue to be actively engaged in the practice of architecture to stay relevant and make informed choices about the firm’s direction.”   Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, president of HMC, commented, “It is an exciting time to be an architect. Advances in technology, greater partnering opportunities with clients and builders, and an uncertain economy are factors that are reshaping the A/E/C industry and presenting new challenges to firms. I have never been one to shy away from challenges, and I believe now is the time to position HMC to thrive in this new business climate. As president I will focus on our market strategies and outcomes, as well as on creating a unified vision that builds the firm’s culture. I look forward to listening, adapting and innovating while building from the strength of HMC’s long history as a client-focused design firm.”


Scholarship Event Overview by AIASCV Scholarship Committee On the evening of April 24th the scholarship committee had the honor of participating in awarding four student scholarships from the Chapter's annual funds. With the inclusion of these four individuals, our Chapter has now awarded over $200,000 since the scholarship program began. The current scholarship committee members are Craig Blackhurst, Rica Lakamp, Donna Musselman, Gail Price, Crystal Sanderson, Gil Sanchez and Mary Ahearn Tang. Our liaison to the Board is Brigitte Williams. A brief history of the Chapter's funds: The original AIASCV fund awarded its first scholarship in 1972. In 2004 the fund was renamed to honor William Hawley and his years of service to the Chapter. The Sanchez Fund was started in 2000 by Gil Sanchez and Darryl Allen to honor Gil's parents Leo and Trinidad Sanchez. The Lakamp Fund was also created in 2000 with an initial donation from CAS Architects to honor David Lakamp and his support of our profession and specifically our Chapter as a professional liability expert. The Ehrlich Rominger Fund was established in 2009 with donations from both Joe Ehrlich and Jack Rominger. The name of the scholarship was originally intended to recognize the firm that Joe and Jack created, but also now serves as a legacy to both men.

The winners: For the David W. Lakamp Fund Noni Pittenger Noni is in the masters program at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciArc). She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and also completed one year at the New School of Architecture. Noni was unable to attend the award dinner since she was preparing for her move to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a summer internship. For the Ehrlich Rominger Fund Alexander Siegel Alex is currently a senior at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale who will be attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall. While he hasn't had any formal education in architecture yet, Alex impressed the selection committee with his interests in problemsolving, ceramics, physics and structures. Alex would like to one day work for Disney Imagineering. For the Leo and Trinidad Sanchez Fund Gabriela Osias Gabriela is currently attending West Valley College. She is considering attending Cuesta College this fall and then will transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Gabriela participated in the 2013 Poly Canyon Design Village. For the William R. Hawley Fund Angineh Aghakiant Angineh currently attends West Valley College. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature, but after attending the "Jumpstart" summer program at UCLA decided to pursue a career in architecture. She hopes to one day teach and have an architecture firm. Congratulations to all the award winning students and thank you to all the fund donors.

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David W Lakamp Scholarship Fund by Rica Lakamp, Hon. AIASCV AWARD RECIPIENT:

I was very much looking forward to introducing Noni Pittenger, this year’s David W. Lakamp Scholarship Award recipient. Unfortunately, Noni can’t be here tonight. She lives in Los Angeles and is in the middle of a move. Noni is in the Masters Program at SciArch, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Policy and also completed one year at the New School of Architecture in San Diego. We were very impressed with Noni’s portfolio, and even more with her presentation of it. Her eloquence and ability to articulate complex design concepts were nothing short of extraordinary. Noni takes great pride in her work. In order to do and give her best, she keeps seeking out academic challenges. Confidant and ambitious, she is also courteous and thoughtful, all important and desirable leadership qualities. This summer, Noni will intern at “Carney Logan Burke Architects” in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. No doubt, a perfect fit for Noni, at least at this point. The firm’s aim is, and I quote: ”to set an example within the profession by addressing the gap between aesthetic goals and responsible building.” Wherever Noni’s path may lead, I could see her excel in an academic career, as well as advancing to a leadership position of a global design firm. In short, I see a bright future ahead for Noni. In absentia: “CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO YOU, NONI!” My best wishes also to our other award winners and students in the audience tonight, and a heartfelt thanks to all those without whose generosity this wonderful program would not be possible.

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Erlich Rominger Scholarship Fund by Michael Roanhaus, AIA, LEED AP BD+C AWARD RECIPIENT:

ALEXANDER SIEGEL

It was with great pleasure that I was able to present this year's Ehrlich Rominger Scholarship to Alexander Siegel a graduating senior at Fremont High School in Fremont. In attendance at the Scholarship dinner was Alex's Family which made the presentation that much more special. Alex will be attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall. To be accepted directly out of high school speaks highly of Alex's school achievements, attitude and goals. The Scholarship Committee stated that they were highly impressed w/ Alex's interests in problem solving, ceramics, physics and structures. Alex stated that he would like to one day work for Disney Imagineering! We wish him all the success in his years at Cal Poly and beyond! Clamp Sketch Alexander Siegel

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Leo and Trinidad Scholarship Fund AWARD RECIPIENT:

Gabriela is currently attending West Valley College. She is considering attending Cuesta College this fall and then will transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Gabriela participated in the 2013 Poly Canyon Design Village.

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William R. Hawley Scholarship Fund AWARD RECIPIENT:

ANGINEH AGHAKIANT

Angineh currently attends West Valley College. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature, but after attending the "Jumpstart" summer program at UCLA decided to pursue a career in architecture. She hopes to one day teach and have an architecture firm.

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SPEED MATCH 2013 The Chapter’s new Mentoring Program is off to a very successful start. Modeled after AIA San Francisco’s program, for this inaugural year, there are ten groups of four ‘mentees’ each, with each group member having a different experience level in the profession. Some groups have also taken on a fifth, student member. Now that this year’s groups are formed, each will be able to meet whenever and wherever they like, as frequently or infrequently as their schedules allow. Though we should note, there are also plans in the works for another group-wide event later this year, so do stay tuned! Our first event was a ‘Speed Match’ style event, held just before the February Chapter meeting at Stanford University. Participants were rotated through ten tables in 6-minute increments, giving each a chance to meet with other participants, and see who they might most like to be grouped with. Responses to twelve survey questions also helped facilitate discussion and set group preferences. After this event, program leaders Chuck Campanella, Britt Lindberg, and Stephanie Silkwood met to formulate the groups, which were announced at the

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May 1st ‘Group Announcement’ event. This was held at the Sonoma Chicken Coop on Skyport Drive in San Jose, and a portion of the night’s food and drink purchases were graciously donated to the West Valley College AIA Students group. One of our goals in launching this program was to provide a more structured opportunity for emerging professionals to meet more experienced members of the chapter. So far we believe this has been a great success. But don’t take our word for it, read here a few testimonials from this year’s program participants. And if you missed signing up for the program this year, keep a lookout for the launch of next year’s program, or email the program leaders at aiascv.epc@gmail.com


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“I really enjoyed the first meeting and could see the potential benefits from being part of a committed small group with diverse backgrounds and experience levels. I believe every participant will realize value from being involved in this new program.” - Lee Salin I have joined the AIASCV mentor program because, as a soon-to-be architecture major, I am just beginning to learn what I am getting myself into. Knowing that this program will surround me with individuals who have experienced the architecture route that I have dreamt of following, I know I will be able to learn from them and have their support throughout my future endeavors.” - Alex Siegel “I see the mentor program as a wealth of resource in terms of personal and career growth in a holistic waybuilding a strong team culture and learning and advocating the right direction towards growth in the field of architecture.” - Anu Vaddadi “Mingling with more experienced professionals in the industry, it's inspiring to see the different options and paths I can take in my career. I enjoy hearing their stories of how they got to where they are now, and any advice they have for a young unlicensed architect just starting out.” - Shayan Saghari A program of this size is the work of many. We would like to thank the following for their contribution to the program:

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AIA San Francisco Mentor Program committee members Gene Pena and Peter Mueller for their guidance

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Cupertino Electric for the pens at the Speed Match

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Curtis Finger of Finger Photography for capturing the Speed Match event

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Bernie Grijalva of Grijalva Photography for capturing the Group Announcement event.

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Anu Vadaddi of Designed Spaces for compiling and formatting all the survey results.

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The Customer Experience Begins with Construction by Slatter Construction

New Leaf Pleasanton Artists Rendering

The expanding role of a General Contractor. It began just the way construction issues do—an innocent observation about clearances in the field set off a cascade of changes and, three months into construction, the entire storefront wall had to move. The façade of the New Leaf Community Market in Pleasanton, designed to support new glazing, automatic and air doors, security systems, etc., was too close to the checkout counters for a comfortable neighborly shopping experience. The front of the store had to move at least two feet towards the parking lot. What about the Grand Opening? It never wavered, even when no one knew exactly where the front doors would be when that day came. Construction rolled on. General contractor Slatter Construction, known for making steady progress no matter what the circumstance, took on the bulk of construction management and simply built around the problem until new plans, permits and materials could be sorted out.

“Our focus is to keep the work moving forward and pay attention to every detail,” said Sid Slatter, president of Slatter Construction. “Each New Leaf store offers a great customer experience, and it’s our job to deliver them a smooth, well considered construction experience.” Over time the relationship has grown and by necessity has assumed a broader role with each New Leaf store; from consulting on voltage and transformer location during lease negotiations, to working with store management and the local health department to enable on-site staff training in the final phases of construction. Each contribution saves money for New Leaf – reduced power costs or an earlier grand opening – and improves their overall construction experience. New Leaf design director Sarah Miles agrees. “This is our fifth project with Slatter Construction. Pleasanton New Leaf has been particularly


challenging and rewarding because halfway through design Slatter and New Leaf began to collaborate directly without intermediary consultants. We all rose to a new level of commitment and teamwork.” A Smooth Experience The market in Pleasanton is Slatter’s fifth store for New Leaf, whose mission is to nourish and sustain the local community for each of their locations. Grocery store design centers on the way it feels to shop, and New Leaf strives to incorporate innovative, eco-friendly finishes and locally sourced materials in each project. Every detail contributes to the pleasures (or pains) of pushing a cart through the aisles and checkout. As plans were finalized to move the front wall and add a trash enclosure at the rear of the building, Slatter and New Leaf project management organized meetings with the neighboring homeowners associations. Together, they described the proposed plan changes, answered questions and asked for letters of approval prior to re-applying for permits, which avoided months of delay, or worse, a denial. “We are being not only treated fairly by Slatter but championed on all levels,” Miles added, “We faced numerous hurdles, most glaringly that our permitted plans did not provide an operable facility. Slatter incorporated changes neatly into the existing timeline, and remained on budget throughout. We worked side by side and put our hearts into the job.” The May 15 ribbon cutting for the New Leaf Pleasanton store was a festive community event, held exactly on schedule. The ultimate measure of success is that the customer experience is earning warm reviews. Local press reported, "Inside the store, customers discovered an attractive interior created with green building practices and a rainbow of color created by a large array of fresh, locally grown, organic produce." Store Interiors, Westside Santa Cruz Location Photos: Slatter Construction

Slatter Construction specializes in the construction of grocery stores, medical facilities, hotels and entertainment venues. To contact Slatter Construction and learn more about their work, visit www.slattcon.com

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2013 West Valley College Portfolio Show By Bernardo Grijalva, Professional Affiliate AIA

West Valley College's 2013 portfolio show was partly an exhibition of the creative talents the college is producing, and partly a re-education of what architecture school is really like. Having been an architecture student at West Valley back in 2005 and having not visited the campus since then, the student portfolio show served as the perfect opportunity to visit the old campus. Known as being one of the few junior colleges that offers an architecture program in California, West Valley College looks like a typical community college campus scattered throughout an area that was probably an old orchard. The campus is far from what it used to look like when I was attending; most notable is the administration buildings updated façade. Appropriately, the show took place inside the Campus Center, whose extreme makeover from the dark, dreary, institution-like cafeteria to its

open airy light filled interior resembles that of a contemporary terminal or convention center. The bright, naturally lit space served to be an ideal setting for learning a little bit of what it’s like in the world of academia. The following are excerpts from interviews with a faculty instructor from the college, an alumnus who is currently working for a reputable firm, and a West Valley student whose design for the new Viking Grove came to fruition as a real working plaza and outdoor amphitheater on campus.


CC: Yes. BG: Have you heard of other architecture programs offered by junior colleges? Because I know they're pretty rare. CC: I believe there's one down in Southern California in Orange County that I have heard of, but that's the only one that I'm familiar with in California. BG: What did you love most about going to school here at West Valley? CC: Having not been in school in 25 years, it was interesting being around younger people. I always find it very enjoyable being around younger people and watching them learn; it was a great experience. I like to learn, not having to go to work, then coming to class instead. It was a nice change after working for all of those years. Chuck Campanella, Associate AIA, designer at Niles Bolton BG: You went to West Valley back in ‘06, so how would you summarize your education? CC: It was very good; I wish I would've focused more on architectural classes. I had applied to UC schools and they required physics and calculus classes and since it been 25 years since I'd taken them, I had to retake them, so I was mostly focused on those classes while I was here. I took some art classes and some architecture classes. I was here four semesters. BG: Did you research other architecture programs other JC’s that offered architecture? CC: No, because I lived right here in the Bay Area, Sunnyvale. It was easy because I was here, in that way it gave me a feel for what architecture was going to be like. Then I had applied to UCLA, UC Berkeley and then Cal Poly Pomona because they all had masters programs. I had gotten accepted to Cal Poly Pomona for the Masters Program. BG: Is that where you finished your education?

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CC: The problem-solving: finding and running into issues, solving problems, trying to do something aesthetically rather than in engineering. In engineering you don't always have to figure out problems aesthetically, rather you just try to figure out something that is easy to produce. So, architecture is a little different in that respect.

Richard Smith, AIA, faculty professor West Valley College BG: You’ve been an instructor here for a while, at West Valley. RS: Yes, I think you were in my first class. BG: Right, that was I think in ‘05? What was one of the things that motivated you to teach architecture? RS: You know, I always like dealing with students. So I think it's that, and you can get caught. You know, you do it once and then you want to improve upon it the next time and the next time. It's sort of like architecture: you work on a project and then it carries over for the next time and the next time. And you get better at it, because I think when you took the class we did tours but, I think there were optional. BG: Yeah, we did some tours and they were optional. I believe we toured the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. RS: And those were fun but they had to be done on a Saturday, we would get two or three students. And now they are part of the class, so we’ll get


five tours and it's fun to watch them. We'll go up to Villa Montalvo were the resident artists are and they’ll open up their studios. You're invited to go any time. BG: Thank you RS: You’re an alumnus; it's part of the rules. BG: What do you think is best about West Valley College? What do you think sets West Valley apart from other architecture programs or construction management type programs? RS: I think it kind of gets you into the profession, but you're not so in. It's a two-year program and you can kind of make up your mind. Where I just don't see how, as an 18-yearold, you can make a commitment to a program and that’s your career path and you really don't have any options because your education is so dictated. You know, it's like you have three electives in the five years and then you have to take all these classes. West Valley gives you a chance to take this subject and another subject and kind of explore without the commitment. It's hard to transfer it's hard to transfer from high school and it's even really hard to transfer from a JC. BG: Really, even more so now? RS: Yes, with all the impacts, the pushing down of the number of students going up in architecture schools, so it's hard. I think part of the obligation that we have is that we have to make our students better and actually give them a

superior education here than they would get the first couple of years at a five-year program, so that they can come into that five-year program and really be the stars of it. That is sort of the goal. That's hard to do. BG: So, where do you think the future of the program here at West Valley is headed? RS: Sort of the optimist: right now our enrollment is down over the last year. It's funny, you sort of see the traces in the increase in fees in the community college units. We went from $26 a unit to I think two years ago $36 and last year to $46, which is a pretty big burden to switch on the students. That's almost like doubling the fees in two years. It's really hurt the ability of the students that you know are working to take a lot of units. It's kind of funny, it's contrary to the state, because the state wants you to push the students through and spend two years here taking 18 units

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a quarter or semester. But they're working, and unit prices are so high that it's hard to do, and you can't make it balance. So, people are taking fewer classes and going at it a little slower. That's only reasonable, but the expectations don't match the decision-making from the state. But it's realistic that it can be more expensive to take classes in California. The burden is more and more on the students to pay for it. I think in the future more students are going to go to community colleges, because the UC's really aren't going to be able to afford to have someone in for five years, so they’ll be in for three years. I kind of see that as the future. Is photography like that at all? What was your education? BG: It was an art education, plus there is no licensing for photography so, pretty much anybody with a camera phone can call themselves a photographer. RS: Yes, because ours is very strictly regulated so, we have to pair up with the programs that we’re transferring into so, that's the other thing. With our students, if they are going into Berkeley, they need to get credit for the first two years at Berkeley; if they go to Cal Poly they have to get credit for Cal Poly, but the schools have different classes so we have to make sure our classes cover both. BG: So, there's lots of overlap. RS: Yeah, but I think it makes our classes better.

BG: On a fun note, what you love most about architecture? RS: I like - and I think I talked about this on the tours that we go on - I like the material that you can see and walk around and experience. I think I have a problem with the other engineering profession that's not really making something. You don't feel satisfied that you've accomplished something if you're writing code, right, I mean you have pictures, sort of like objects, but we have buildings that you can experience. You know the people who designed this building are here, and they can walk around and say, “You know, I think I did a really good move with these windows and how the natural light comes in and lights up the high part of the space.” Maybe you can get that from writing code?


I also work part-time in San Francisco. I do office layouts, but it's in that contract furniture industry that has given me realistic expectations. As students, we really don't realize the word “budget”. We go a little bit overboard, but knowing how real-life experiences work, I'm able to create a design that is functional and within the parameters of what people are required to have or they need. BG: What you love most about the West Valley College campus?

Isaac Domench, architecture student at West Valley College BG: Can you talk a little bit about the entry you did for the Viking Grove design competition?

ID: It's a small campus. In the Department of Architecture you learn a lot from what they teach you here, but not only that, it's a foundation for the next few years and continuing studies. I think the majority of students that have gone through here and are in the four year schools have a really good foundation and understanding of what architecture is. It's simply that it's a very small, centralized community and you learn from one

ID: The Student Council raised money for this plaza, so they wanted to create an open plaza for the West Valley college campus. They raised a million dollars from what I know. We were given a budget and they wanted the students to participate with the design, so a competition was held in 2010. Eleven design entries came up. My idea was to bring the students to this area. As a student, I know that we want to meet people. We also like to eat and we also like to relax, so those are three main activities that we do. So I came up with this idea where we are able to relax and are able to meet people all at the same time. If you follow the layout, you’ll see that it is very simple, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but it is functional. BG: Talk a little bit about West Valley College. Are you currently a student here? ID: This is actually my last semester here at West Valley College. I have one more class, which is actually an online class, and I’m finishing up my Associates in interior design and my Associates in architecture and a Certificate in architecture. I'm hoping to transfer to CCA to continue my education in architecture.

another. It's a nice campus to be a part of. BG: What was the firm that you were partnered with that helped design the project? ID: IBI group. They used my schematics and implemented all of the requirements. They knew everything that needed to be done but they followed the concept and the layout of my design idea, so I think it was a good experience. BG: What you love most about architecture?

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ID: You know, that's a question that came up. I like buildings. As a kid I used to love to play Legos, but I think it's also the fact that your design can effect people, can effect the community, hopefully in a positive way, and you can see this is a result. I hope my design in the future will have a positive impact on the community. I have a long way to go but, I think this is actually a stepping stone in real life that it is actually possible. I think that's one of the reasons why I like architecture – it’s the impact that you have on society. All photographs are courtesy of Bernardo Grijalva Professional Affiliate AIA. Bernie is an architectural photographer and artist based in San Jose, CA www.bgpix.net Ed. note: The College of San Mateo also has a two-year program.


AIA/SCV Chapter Registration Information 2013 Adult Co-Ed Recreation Softball League The AIA/SCV Softball League is celebrating its twenty seventh year anniversary. Many architectural firms, along with our friends from the construction and other allied industries, have enjoyed participation in our league over the years. We are looking forward to another great season! If you do not have enough people for a team, feel free to combine forces with another firm or consultant(s). The AIA/SCV Chapter Softball Season will start July 9, 2013. The regular season will run 8 weeks with the top 8 teams making playoffs. Complete schedules, rules, cost, etc. will be sent out once we confirm the number of teams wishing to participate. Questions? Contact Kurt Krueger, at 650.623.1812 or kkrueger@apidesign.com. League Information Registration Deadline Managers Meeting Start Date: Game Locations: Game Times: Teams: League Fees:

June 28, 2013 TBD July 9, 2013 Lakewood Park, Sunnyvale 6:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm 12 Teams Maximum $500 per team

TO APPLY:

Team managers must submit the following: 1. 2013 Adult Softball Application. 2. An official team roster due one week prior to first game 3. League Fee: Payable to: AIA/SCV, 325 S. First St., Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95113

PRIORITY 1:

All returning teams that played in the previous AIA/SCV Chapter Softball League.

PRIORITY 2:

New teams or past AIA/SCV Chapter Teams priority will be based on a 1st come/ 1st served basis. This means that the faster your turn your paperwork in, the highest priority you shall receive. In this priority, paperwork must be submitted by the priority registration deadline. We cannot guarantee a spot into the league until after the final registration date. 2013 Adult Softball Team Application

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Arborists Consultants Monarch Consulting Arborists LLC Richard Gessner (831) 331-8982 rick@monarcharborist.com

Acoustics Consultants Charles M. Salter Associates Erika Frederick (408) 295-4944 erika.frederick@cmsalter.com Charles M. Salter Associates Philip Sanders (408) 295-4944 philip.sanders@cmsalter.com Colin Gordon & Associates Michael Gendreau (650) 358-9577 michael.gendreau@colingordon.com

Audio / Visual Consultants Adio Visual Design Group Stephen Spears (415) 455-9913 stephens@avdg.com

Chandler Building & Development Will Chandler (408) 730-5626 will_chandler@comcast.net Dolan Development, Inc. David Dolan (408)846-9930 dave@dolandev.com Hillhouse Construction Co., Inc. Kenneth Huesby (408) 467-1000 kenh@hillhouseconstruction.com Level 10 Construction Paul Moran (408)747-5000 pmoran@level10gc.com Lundquist Construction Management Keith Lundquist (408) 280-2081 keith@lcm-inc.net

Attorney

Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders Inc. Billy Lee (415)652-4704 blee@matpelbuilders.com

Law Offices of Jonathan J. Sweet Jonathan Sweet (408) 356-0317 jonathansweetlaw@comcast.net

Mehus Construction Paul Mehus (408 )395-2388 paul@mehus.com

Construction / General Contracting

Milroy Construction Samuel Milroy (650) 625-0300 smilroy@milroyinc.com

Barry Swenson Builder Steve Andrews (408) 287-0246 sandrews@barryswensonbuilder.com Bauman-Turley Builders, Inc. Craig Bauman (408)376-0488 craig@baumanturleybuilders.com BCI General Contractors, Inc. Michael Buller (209) 835-1370 mbuller@bcigcinc.com Tracings

David Brett Company, Inc. David Brett (650) 364-0456 davebrett@davidbrettco.com

PH Winters Construction Peter Winters (831) 239-8327 peter@phwinters.com Q Builders, Inc. John Olsson (650) 321-9110 john.olsson@qbuilders.net San Jose Construction Erin Conte (408) 566-1502 administrator@sjconstruction.com

Slatter Construction, Inc. Matthew Slatter (831) 425-5425 mslatter@slattcon.com Tico Construction John Marmesh (408) 487-0700 john@ticoinc.com Valli Construction, Inc. Chad Lanza (408) 377-5000 angela@valliconstruction.com Builders Exchange of Santa Clara County Michael Miller (408) 727-4000 mm@bxscco.com Dome Construction Company Melody Spradlin (408) 938-5770 mspradlin@domeconst.com Blach Construction Michael Blach (408) 244-7100 mike.blach@blach.com Turner Construction Company Jeff Clifton (408) 295-7598 jclifton@tcco.com XL Construction Steve Winslow (408) 240-6000 steve@xlconst.com

Curtain Wall & Panel Subcontractor Walters & Wolf George Chrisman, III (510) 490-1115 georgec@waltersandwolf.com


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Electrical Contractor Rosendin Electric Larry Hollis (408) 286-2800 lhollis@rosendin.com

Engineering (Civil) Carroll Engineering Bryce Carroll (408) 261-9800 bryce@carroll-engineering.com

Engineering (Geotechnical) Murray Engineers, Inc. Andrew Murray (650) 326-0440 andrew@murrayengineers.com

Engineering (Multi-Service) Alfa Tech Reza Zare (408) 436-8300 reza.zare@atce.com BKF Engineers Herica Assilian (650) 482-6433 hassilian@bkf.com PM Greene Engineers Christopher Greene (408) 200-7200 chris.greene@pmgreeneengineers.com Walter P. Moore & Associates William Andrews (415) 963-6300 bandrews@walterpmoore.com

Engineering (Structural)

Hohbach Lewin Douglas Hohbach (650) 617-5930 dhohbach@hohbach-lewin.com Riddle Group Jeff Tarter (408)261-4176 jtarter@IESEngeering.net Rinne & Peterson, Structural Engineers Patrick Chow (650) 428-2860 patchow@rpse.com Underwood & Rosenblum, Inc. Mark Sorenson (408)453-1222 mark@uandr.com

Event Planning Celine Marcipan (510) 645-2574 cmarcipan@16500.com

Food Facility Planning Breit Ideas Arnold Breit (408) 996-9362 abreitidea@yahoo.com

Furniture Dealer

HMH Engineers Bill Sowa (408) 487-2200 bsowa@hmh-engineers.com Verde Design, Inc. William Drulias (408) 850-3402 bill@verdedesigninc.com

Materials Supplier / Construction Svc Graniterock Steve Bosco (408) 210-0766 sbosco@graniterock.com RMS Supply, Inc. Emery Smith (408) 271-8017 emery@mssupply.com

Millwork Standards Woodwork Institute Dick Cavanaugh (916) 214-9330 thomas@woodinst.com

One Workplace Donna Musselman (408) 263-1001 dmusselman@oneworkplace.com

Photography

Insurance

Bernardo Grijalva Photography Bernardo Grijalva (408) 891-3358 archpix@sbcglobal.net

Dealey Renton & Associates Richard Gibson (510) 465-3090 rgibson@insdra.com

Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. Mark Cardosa (408) 296-5515 mcardosa@biggscardosa.com

Hefferman Insurance Brokers Young Suk (714) 997-8100 marshb@heffins.com

Duquette Engineering Steven Duquette (408) 615-9200 spd@duquette-eng.com

Interior Design

Landscape Architecture

AP + I Design, Inc. Carol Sandman (650) 254-1444 csandman@apidesign.com

Reprographics Hackley Architectural Signage Dr. Richard Chambers (510) 940-2610 rchambers@hackley.net Arc Rick Ferry (408) 736-7912 rick.ferry@e-arc.com

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Specification Services JKB Architectural Specification Julie Brown (408) 778-0633 julie@jkbspecs.com

Stone Surfaces Pacific Interlock Pavingstone Dean Tonder (408) 257-3645 dtonder@pacinterlock.com

Windows & Doors Associated Building Supply Scott Thurber (916)874-2997 sthurber@absnorcal.com Murray Window & Door, Inc. Carole Murray (408) 871-6990 carole@murraywindow.com Viking Door & Window Chris Beaumont (408)294-5546 www.vikingdoor.com


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ADDRESS: 325 South First St., Suite 100        San Jose, CA 95113 Phone: (408) 298-0611 Fas: (408) 298-0619 OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday   9am to 4pm

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June 2013 Tracings  

monthly newsletter of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the AIA

June 2013 Tracings  

monthly newsletter of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the AIA

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