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tracings AIA Santa Clara Valley

January 2012

Art by Architects Plus & 2011 Holiday Party

Jim Fox Golden Nail Awards

COTE: 2012 Call for Entries Top Ten Green Projects

TRACINGS CORPORATE PARTNERS & SPONSORS AIASCV CORPORATE PARTNERS Alfa Tech Blach Construction Company Graniterock One Workplace Walters & Wolf XL Construction 16500 Inc.

AIASCV Major Sponsors AEDIS Architecture and Planning Biggs Cardosa Associates Blach Construction Company Barry Swenson Builder Branagh, Inc. Devcon Construction Gensler Hawley Peterson Snyder Rudolph & Sletten Rosendin Electric San Jose Blue Steinberg Architects Walters & Wolf XL Construction

AIA SCV BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Vice President/President Elect Secretary Treasurer Associates Director Executive Director Director Director Director Director Director Student Liaison Past President


Jeff Current, AIA Steve Sowa, AIA Walter Rask, AIA Samuel Sanderson, AIA Chuck Campanella, Associate AIA Gail A. Price, AICP Ed Janke, AIA Hari Sripadanna, AIA Thang Do, AIA Brian Mah, AIA Britt Lindberg, AIA Marcel Barboza Linder Jones, AIA JANUARY





President’s Letter


AIASCV Calendar of Events


Jim Fox Golden Nail Award Winner


Cover Story: Art by Architects Plus & 2011 Holiday Party


AIA National News


COTE Top Ten Green Projects


News, Events & Classified Ads


Chapter Information




Tracings editor: Scott Smithwick, AIA

ON THE COVER AIASCV Holiday Party Collage Photos by Scott Smithwick, AIA

TRACINGS is underwritten by Rudolph & Sletten, Inc. 2012


PRESIDENT’S LETTER Welcome to 2012! I am excited to begin this New Year and encouraged to be able to work with all of you in making AIA Santa Clara Valley effective in our mission of supporting the practice of architecture and design. Our new Board of Directors is in place and prepared to roll up our sleeves and accomplish great things! We rely on each of you to let us know how we

can assist you and on your participation with us in this New Year. Q: What do these dudes have in common? A: The rule of 10,000 hours In Malcolm Gladwell’s best selling book “Outliers – The Story of Success” (2008Little, Brown & Co.), he proposes a theory that those who are successful have more going for them than just intelligence and ambition. Gladwell maintains that birthplace, birth year, family, culture and opportunity play into the equation as well. Alluding almost to a mystical combination of science and serendipity, practice and providence.

Jeffrey R. Current, AIA

.... The Rule of 10,000 have settled on 10,000 hours as the number of hours of practice and preparation that it takes to achieve greatness. Examples are given of Bill Joy (co-founder of Sun Microsystems), Mozart (composer & musician), and Bill Gates (Microsoft) as individuals who compiled the compulsory hours amongst other things to achieve this milestone. But the Beatles were just another high

school band from Liverpool when they were given the chance to play in Germany …and “PLAY” they did! Their performance schedule included playing in the clubs 7 days a week… with 8 hour gigs! Wow! ...That’s a lot of time on stage! It forced them to learn new music and develop new styles to keep things entertaining. They began to experiment with American blues and with rockabilly. They traveled to Hamburg five times from 1960 to 1962 to play: the first trip continued on page 9

Chapter 2 of Outliers is titled: “The 10,000-Hour Rule” and it cites the Beatles gigs at Hamburg, Germany in 1960 as one example to prove his point. Researchers 4



New Year’s Holiday - AIASCV Office Closed


CES Noontime Seminar - 12 to 1pm at HMC Group, San Jose


CES Noontime Seminar - 12 to 1pm at Hawley Peterson Synder, Mountain View


AIASCV Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30 to 9am, AIASCV Office


Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series - “Speaker: Robert Steinberg” 6 to 7pm at The Los Altos Neutra House, Los Altos,


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - AIASCV Office Closed


AIASCV Monthly Chapter Meeting “Passport to 2012” - 6 to 9pm, Location to be determined




Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series - “Speaker: Craig W. Hartman, FAIA” 6 to 7pm at The Los Altos Neutra House, Los Altos,


CES Noontime Seminar - 12 to 1pm at HMC Group, San Jose


CES Noontime Seminar - 12 to 1pm at Hawley Peterson Synder, Mountain View


President’s Day - AIASCV Office Closed


AIASCV Monthly Chapter Meeting - 6 to 9pm, Location to be determined


JIM FOX NAIL WINNER A STAND OUT San Jose Marriot hotel acknowledged for architectural excellence The San Jose Marriott hotel, 301 S. Market St., is the distinguished recipient of the 2011 Jim Fox Golden Nail, awarded by the San Jose Downtown Association for extraordinary contributions to the character of downtown. Renamedin 2009 in honor of late developer Jim Fox for the focus he placed on downtown design quality, the Jim Fox Golden Nail is the highest honor the Association bestows.   The Marriott, an upscale 26-story, 506room full-service hotel with 21,000 square feet of meeting space plus fine-dining restaurant, is only the second building to be acknowledged with a Jim Fox Golden Nail.   “This project really stood out as one of the city’s finest modern-era buildings,” said Kent Mather, FAIA, chair of the Association’s Downtown Design Committee.   Mather complimented architect Hornberger + Worstell for its use of colors, materials, forms, spaces and detailing to give the overall building a look of strength and elegance.   “The tower punctuates the city’s skyline and acts as a way-finder to convention goers from almost any downtown vantage point – especially looking south down Market Street,” Mather added.   The Marriott opened in April 2003 on a one-acre site adjacent to the ConventionCenter at South Market and San Carlos streets. It is on the site of a former gas station and the original location of


SJDA-produced Downtown Ice winter skating rink (1995-99). Mather presented the award this morning at the Downtown Association’s year-end public meeting to Steve Speach, representing the Marriott; Jack Worstell, AIA, of Hornberger + Worstell; and Jeff Bennett, representing Hensel Phelps Construction Company, which built the project.   “We’re identified as a San Francisco firm, but I want to set the record straight – I’m a


Rick Jensen

Valley boy,â€? Worstell said.  “I’ve lived here for 36 years and have seen the transitions in this wonderful city.   I’m very proud, personally, to receive this award.â€?   The Golden Nail Awards are now presented in two other categories:     • The Beautification Golden Nail for outstanding contributions to downtown beautification and/or historic preservation; • The Elements of Distinction Golden Nail, recognizing unique attributes of downtown projects. Previous award winner in 2009 was the Wilcox Block Buildings at 93-99 South First Street.

The Downtown Association is a non-profit organization that has represented business and property owners and enhanced the vitality and livability of downtown for 25years. Rick Jensen Communications Director San Jose Downtown Association 408-279-1775 x318

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COVER STORY The December 2011 AIASCV Holiday Season included many events. During the month of December, the art show, Art by Architects Plus, was held at the Graniterock Design Center in Cupertino. The art show, sponsored by Devcon Construction, was on display during the entire month of December 2012. The exhibition included 70 works from 20 artists/architects/friends of architecture. The show was wonderful and displayed the many and varied artistic talents of our members and staff. Graniterock, one of our Corporate Partners, and AIASCV hosted a reception for artists on Saturday, December 10th, which was well attended. Attendees had a good time and I heard many wonderful comments about the artwork on display. The Annual Membership Appreciation and Holiday Party took place on December 15th at the Graniterock Design Center. The presenting sponsor of the Holiday Party was Riot Color/ARC. The Bar Sponsor was HDR Architecture and the Networking Sponsor was Niles Bolton Associates. Thank you to all of the generous sponsors of this event. We also appreciate everyone who contributed to the Toys for Tots campaign this year. The Toys for Tots volunteers acknowledge our generosity and they look forward to AIASCV participation each year. Thank you!

Gail A. Price, AICP

Art by Architects Plus and 2011 Holiday Party Committee Chairs and Special Event Coordinators who have actively participated throughout 2011 at our next Chapter meeting on January 19, 2012. The success of the chapter depends upon the engagement of members to create and implement a wide range of programs and events. We have numerous volunteer opportunities, including committees, special events, and, in 2012, we will have the Design Awards, which requires an active Design Awards Committee of many devoted volunteers. The Co-Chairs of the 2012 Design Awards Committee are David Regester, AIA, and Gary Crosman, AIA, of Hawley Peterson & Snyder Architects. We have a long tradition of providing strong programs associated with the Chapter. Thank you also to Arnold Breit who was the photographer for the Holiday Party. Arnold enjoys being the photographer and always does a great job. As you can see, we have many example of Arnold’s work in this article. Have a Happy New Year and a productive and successful 2012. I will miss working with you!

The party was very festive and attendees also enjoyed the artwork on display. There were over 120 attending which was great. In order to keep the party flow, we decided that the AIASCV Board President Linder Jones, AIA, and Jeff Current, AIA, President-Elect and Gail Price, Executive Director, will acknowledge the sponsors and acknowledged the work of AIASCV 8


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included 106 nights of performing with 5 or more hours on stage per night. By the time they were done with their year and a half in Hamburg, they played 270 nights and thousands of hours. It’s no wonder that when they arrived in the USA in 1964 they were ready to rock in Sold Out auditoriums. Most architects understand the rule of 10,000. We learned it through late nights in the studio honing our skills of design, planning and presentation: beginning in school and continuing with our professional work. In fact, many of us actually began compiling our 10,000 hours during childhood by playing with blocks, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, Erector Sets and Legos. It just came naturally. Putting in the time is only the beginning though. The real question is: “How do you use your gift?” Is your passion for Architecture & Design driving you to pursue excellence? Is it causing you to create things that really improve the lives of those who use them? We have this ability to bless our audience, but sometimes we merely go through the motions of playing our music without heart and soul.

PRESIDENT’S LETTER Let’s raise the bar in 2012 and make this a year to pursue design excellence! We have such an opportunity at AIA Santa Clara Valley to begin fresh as an organization providing design and planning leadership to our community. We live in the middle of a valley that defines creativity and cutting edge technology. We create the products that drive the world’s economies. If we will engage in the process of planning homes, buildings, campuses, communities and cities that make people’s lives better, we are doing our job. It only takes 5 years working a full-time job to compile 10,000 hours. (Many of us can do this in 3 years) … Let’s make our talent count! Please check in with us. Let us know what programs, topics, lectures, exhibits or tours will assist you in making quality design a priority. Let’s connect with some of the other organizations in our community that truly care about these same things. Contact our AIASCV office and plug in today! 2012 is a Design Awards year! …We’re already planning for Wednesday, October 17th at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for a tremendous event showcasing the top design projects in our valley. Stay tuned for application & ticket information. …And please join us at our January 19th Event where we will kick-off our new year of activity and honor Gail Price for her 4 years of dedicated service as our Executive Director. It’s going to be a fun evening that you won’t want to miss. See you there!

Jeff is Vice President + Director of Architecture for Barry Swenson Builder. He may be reached via email at




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COTE - 2012 TOP TEN GREEN PROJECTS Call for Entries    The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and its Top Ten Green Projects awards program recognize the benefits of sustainable design and acknowledge architects as leaders in the creation of environmentally responsible design solutions. COTE encourages architects and their teams to submit projects for the Top Ten design competition. Now in its 16th year, the program is one of the best known sustainable design recognition programs in the nation. Winning projects will be recognized with an AIA/COTE award certificate and acknowledged in the national press, on the AIA Web site, and at the AIA National Convention in Washington, DC May 17-19, 2012. SCHEDULE January 23, 2012 February 2012 April 2012 May 17-19, 2012

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S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y L o s A l t o s N e u t r a H o u s e A r c h i t e c t u r e S p e a ke r S e r i e s Chuck Davis is the senior partner of the San Francisco architecture firm, EHDD. Among his many projects are the restoration of History Corner on Stanford Quad and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium for clients David and Lucile Packard. EHDD is now recognized for its expertise in aquarium design and Chuck has designed aquariums all around the world. EHDD is also known for its expertise in sustainable design with the latest example being the new Packard Foundation building now under construction in downtown Los Altos.

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charlesDAVIS Thomas Hines is a professor emeritus of history and architecture at UCLA, where he taught cultural, urban and architectural history for many years. A prolific writer, Hines is the author Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner, Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture, Irving Gill and the Architecture of Reform, and Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism, 19001970. Hines is a premiere scholar on Richard Neutra’s architectural legacy.

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thomasHINES Steve Glenn is an entrepreneur committed to social change through both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He is currently the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, a developer and builder of modern, prefabricated homes, designed by world-class architects such as Ray Kappe, FAIA, and KieranTimberlake. The first LivingHome, designed by Kappe and assembled in eight hours was the first home ever to be certified LEED Platinum. Eight other LivingHomes have been certified Platinum since. LivingHomes recently completed a prefab triplex in Los Altos on Lassen Street which is expected to be certified LEED Platinum.

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Goody Steinberg (1922-2010) was a long time resident of Los Altos Hills and designer of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Los Altos History Museum, and the Tech Museum in San Jose. Goody established the Steinberg Group in 1953. Over his 50-year career, Goody designed hundreds of buildings, including homes, corporate campuses and houses of worship, most notably Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills and Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Goody’s son, Rob Steinberg, principal of Steinberg Architects, will talk about his father’s legacy.

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robertSTEINBERG Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, is the Design Partner for SOM San Francisco. His work ranges from entire urban districts to singular works of architecture, addressing issues of contemporary place and time, the poetics of light, and the sustainability of urban and natural ecologies. His work has been recognized with over 100 interdisciplinary design awards, which, in addition to 8 national AIA Honor Awards for Architecture, Interior Design and Urban Design, includes California’s Maybeck Award for an individual oeuvre, of which he is the youngest recipient.

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craigHARTMAN Ray Kappe is a well published, internationally recognized architect, urban planner and educator. His work is considered to be an extension of the early Southern California modern masters: Wright, Schindler, Neutra and Harris. Among the many design and lifetime achievement awards he has received are the AIA/Los Angeles Gold Medal and the AIA/California Council Maybeck Award. National AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture have honored him with the Topaz Medalian for having founded and directed the Southern Califonia Institute of Architecture SCI-ARC.

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2012 Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design - Call for Applications SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, is pleased to issue a call for applicants for a twelve-week fellowship in the summer of 2012. The Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design is a hands-on position for a current graduate student or 2010/2011 graduate in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field. The fellowship provides the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working in the urban design and planning field on a project that will have a positive impact on the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Projects are intended to provide career-related work experiences that will challenge graduatelevel students, contribute to San Francisco, contribute to SPUR's mission and reflect the values of Piero N. Patri. SPUR will cooperate with the fellow in obtaining academic credit, if his or her institution allows. The selected fellow will be based in the San Francisco office of AECOM Design + Planning, where desk space, computer resources and professional mentorship will be provided. San Francisco expects a significant increase in waterfront visitors during America始s Cup 34 in 2013. This year始s fellow will develop a program to engage visitors and neighbors with a visioning project about the San Francisco southeast waterfront. Drawing upon the findings of past Patri Fellowship projects (see links to past projects below), the fellow will study the history and development of the southeast waterfront and analyze opportunities to increase public access and awareness to further San Francisco始s Blue Greenway projects. Use of case studies will provide inspiration for the development of an interpretive strategy for providing tangible and intangible connections to this important area of San Francisco. The final deliverable will be an informational, web-based, multi-media tool with accompanying print component. The fellow will refer to past and potential plans and designs as benchmarks of progress and will create a project that will entice visitors and neighbors to better understand the potential future of the southeast waterfront. Priority will be given to candidates who have a combined background in planning and social history/research or a related field and strong multi-media skills. Experience working with stakeholders in the southeastern neighborhoods is preferred. Fellow Selection Schedule _Applications due via e-mail by 5 p.m., Friday February 3, 2012. _Notification of fellowship winner: March 2012 _Start of fellowship: June 4, 2012 ._Conclusion of fellowship: August 31, 2012_The committee may communicate with candidates by e-mail, telephone, or in person during

the evaluation period.__Stipend_$6,000__ How to Apply_ Submit applications via email to fellowship@spur.org_Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2012 _Format: One PDF file (10mb maximum file size. 8.5 x 11 page size only)_Items to include:_     Completed application (download the application)_     Letter of interest (1 page)_     Portfolio of work samples (20 pages maximum)_     Resume_     Writing sample (10 pages maximum)_     Optional: Video or multi-media presentation sample __Work Product _SPUR will publish the work resulting from the fellow's project, and the fellow will present the results of the project in a public presentation.

CSI West Region Conference Specifiers Forum Sponsored by SCIP Continental Breakfast Date: Sunday sponsored by Draper, Inc. April 29, 2012 Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: Dolce Hotels & Resort Hayes Mansion 200 Edenvale Avenue San Jose, CA Conference Room TBA

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In-house specifiers welcomed! RSVP: Please indicate your plans to attend by March 15, 2012 Julie Brown 408.778.0633 Linda Stansen 650.570.6411

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