Lectures convene leading minds on issues in architecture, design and urban planning. From design trends to addressing spatial challenges in the Bay Area, experts share their ideas, creativity and visions for our local built environment.

Building a New Neighborhood: Designing within the Market-Octavia Area Plan (2 LUs) SOLD OUT!

September 4, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
$15 AIA Member | $25 General Admission
StoreFront Lab, 337 Shotwell St., San Francisco



Anne Fougeron, FAIA (Fougeron Architects), Owen Kennerly, AIA (Kennerly Architecture and Planning), Stanley Saitowitz (Natoma Architects, Inc.) and Daniel Simons, AIA (David Baker Architects) discuss the opportunities and challenges of designing an emerging neighborhood for San Francisco. The Market-Octavia Neighborhood Plan addresses a swath of parcels in the center of the city freed by the removal of the former Central Freeway. Image © Bruce Damonte.

Coast Modern Film Screening + Talk (2 LUs)

September 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Free, registration required.
Zinc Details, 1905 Fillmore Street, San Francisco



Zinc Details hosts a screening of the documentary Coast Modern by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome with introduction by Catherine Nueva Espana. The film showcases the pioneers of West Coast modern architecture and the homes that have become their legacies. Q&A to follow after the film. Image © Zinc Details.

Tiny House Panel (1.5 LUs)

September 11, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
$30 AIA Member | $45 General Admission
AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco



Moderated by Sunset ® magazine’s Home Editor Joanna Linberg, designers and residents share their stories and perspectives about the opportunities and challenges of living simply in smaller spaces. Lunch will be provided. Image © E. Spencer Toy/Sunset.

Speaker Bios

Kevin Casey
Founder and CEO | New Avenue Homes
Embracing accessory dwelling units as a valuable extension of home, New Avenue Homes believes secondary units create opportunities to stay more connected to others, reassures privacy and independence, promotes healthier and sustainable lifestyles while at the same time generating financial stability.

Vern Sneed
Designer and Founder | The Q Cabin by Design Horizons
Q Cabin Kits are the new concept in sustainable micro housing. With five models ranging from 120-1,400 sq.ft., the Q is designed to be at home in the mountains, the desert, the beach, or even a modern metropolitan environment and allows for modular spaces that can change with season, site orientation, number of occupants and whim.

Catherine Zola Allen
Self-taught Builder
Catherine “Cat” Zola Allen has been engaged in all things “Tiny House” for 5 years. It took Allen three years to save money and figure out a practical and beautiful design using Google SketchUp software. For her, it was an experiment to see if she could afford to own a home and live sustainably.

Joanna Linberg
Home Editor | Sunset Magazine
Each month, Joanna scours the West for inspiring, innovative homes to feature in the magazine. Prior to coming to Sunset, Joanna was an editor at Better Homes and Gardens. She lives in San Mateo with her husband.

Leo Marmol, FAIA: Modernism and the Bay Area (2 LUs)

September 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$15 AIA Member | $25 General Admission
Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th Street, San Francisco

Leo Marmol, FAIA, principal at the design-build firm Marmol Radziner, explores what makes a home modern and how modern living applies to the climate and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. Image © Joe Fletcher.

Dreaming Domesticity through Julius Shulman (1.5 LUs)

September 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Visit www.thecjm.org for admission details.
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco



The photographs of homes, by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman, became the symbols of an idealized life filled with comfort and possibilities. Architect and scholar Pierluigi Serraino reveals how Shulman manufactured the visual mythology of West Coast modern architecture. Image © Pierluigi Serraino.

Visit www.archandcity.org/exhibitions for more details on the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibition Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modern, on view through October 6, 2014.

Home Matters® The Future of Affordable Housing (1.5 LUs)

September 12, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
$30 AIA Member | $45 General Admission
AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco



Not only has affordability become a key barrier for access to homes in San Francisco and across the country, but individuals and families who can afford to buy or rent a house still lack basic community services or live in neighborhoods that can hardly be called Home. At the same time, the American Dream as we know it has lost relevancy – family structure has transformed, preferred living settings have changed and generational differences prevail in the housing market.

In addressing these issues, Home Matters seeks to redefine the meaning of Home by identifying the core elements that comprise a safe, healthy Home that is affordable and provides individuals with the opportunity to reach the American Dream. By turning to issue experts in diverse fields, we aim to develop a multidisciplinary approach to housing in the 21st century.

How do we create affordable housing beyond just shelter? During this panel, the affordable housing conversation will shift beyond shelter to enhancing and meeting emotional needs to improve quality of life, mental health and personal success. Designers, scientists, housing and social opportunity non-profit organizations discuss. Lunch will be provided. Image ©Gelfand Partners Architects and Mark Luthringer.

Speaker Bios

Susan J. Neufeld
Vice President of Resident Programs and Services | BRIDGE Housing Corporation
Ms. Neufeld joined BRIDGE Housing in 2012 as Vice President of Resident Programs and Services, where she is managing the evaluation and expansion of services and programs that serve residents in BRIDGE communities. BRIDGE is a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing.


Lisa Gelfand
Founding & Managing Principal | Gelfand Partners Architects in San Francisco
Principal | Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects in San Diego
Both practices are leaders in sustainable, energy-efficient design, affordable and special needs housing, educational facilities, and commercial projects. At Gelfand Partners, Ms. Gelfand has designed over 40 education projects, as well as over 2500 units of affordable housing created primarily through the adaptive reuse of existing or historic buildings.


Russell Krumnow
Managing Director | Opportunity Nation
Russell guides the strategy for Opportunity Nation’s diverse mix of initiatives including coalition engagement, events, policy advocacy, and grassroots initiatives. He also leads the campaign’s work on the Opportunity Index, regularly presenting it to diverse audiences as a tool to drive positive change in communities and serve as an innovative frame for the opportunity movement in America.


Pireeni Sundaralingam
Cognitive Scientist
Educated at Oxford, Sundaralingam has held science research posts at MIT and UCLA, as well as fellowships in interdisciplinary thinking at several institutions, including Berlin’s Institut Für Raum Experimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments, Academy of Art). Her research focuses on human visual and spatial perception; she has held residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, the de Young Fine Arts Museum, among others, and spoken on the intersections between the brain, art, and the environment at MOMA, The Exploratorium, and at Studio Olafur Eliasson. She is currently writing a book on Creativity & The Brain.



Martin Sundquist
Senior Vice President | Wells Fargo Home Mortgage , Wells Fargo & Company
Martin Sundquist is senior vice president of Customer & Community Programs and Relationship Management at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFHM). In this role, Sundquist oversees national initiatives, community outreach and enterprise integration efforts to promote our responsible lending and servicing practices and a One Wells Fargo approach to helping customers succeed financially. In addition, Sundquist also serves as the Executive Director for Leading the Way Home®; a national effort focused on promoting sustainable homeownership through consumer education, grants, home preservation efforts, and other initiatives. The Leading the Way Home® program has more than 30 active ground teams in Wells Fargo markets throughout the country.As Executive Director, Sundquist also leads the suite of Wells Fargo LIFT programs: NeighborhoodLIFT®, CityLIFT®, and UrbanLIFTSM – which to date, have delivered over $200 million in grants and commitments in more than 25 market communities nationwide. Working with various nonprofits nationwide, these grants are focused on the goal of helping first time homeowners reach the dream of homeownership as well as helping communities with local initiatives related to housing.



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AIGASF Design Lecture Series: Roman Mars

September 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
$20 AIGA Professional Member | $30 General Admission | $15 Student
Adobe, 601 Townsend Street, San Francisco



Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 20 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of 100 Most Creative People in 2013. The 2012 season three fund raising campaign for 99% Invisible broke all previous records for a journalism project on Kickstarter. He is also the host and program director of PRX Remix, a 24-hour, innovative public radio story stream broadcast on XM 123 and public radio stations across the country and a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking story-driven podcasts. Image © Raymond Ahner.

Architects’ Forum

September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$20 General Admission | Included with the purchase of a home tours ticket
AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco



Firms featured in the 2014 San Francisco Living: Home Tours include Azevedo Design, Feldman Architecture, Garcia Tamjidi Architects, Malcolm Davis Architecture, George Bradley Architecture + Design, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects with Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, Studio VARA, Todd Davis Architecture, Zack | de Vito Architecture + Construction. Image © AIASF.


September 19, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
$15 General Admission
fuseproject, 1401 16th Street, San Francisco


Public reception to follow, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
DZINE Showroom, 128 Utah St., San Francisco
Free, registration encouraged.
Lecture is sold out! Public reception is still open.

DZINE is honored to host the exhibition 1:1 Piero Lissoni of the internationally renowned architect and designer. The multi-media exhibition explores the designer’s architecture, furniture, products and graphic design through models, sketches and video. On this evening, Piero Lissoni, co-founder of Lissoni Associati, as well as the creative director of Boffi, Living Divani, Glas Italia and Porro, will give a lecture on the exhibition and give insight to all of his recent work. Image © G. Gastel.

All proceeds benefit the Center for Architecture + Design.

Visit www.archandcity.org/exhibitions for more details on Piero Lissoni’s exhibition, on view September 1 to 22, 2014.

Mapping the Home: The Roles of Subjective and Objective in the Design Process (2 LUs)

September 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Free for students with valid ID, $10 General Admission

Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco


This panel curated by Síol Design will explore the latest developments in neuroscience, ecology, environmental psychology, physiology and technology revealing our capacity for a more complex relationship with the built environment. This expert panel from divergent fields will explore and provide insight to these critical issues. Image © Siol Design.

Kevin Hackett – Siol /Academy of Art

Dr. Zachary Miller – Neurologist at UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Ken Kornberg AIA – Architect/Board member of ANFA/Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture
Mark Belinsky – Founder & CEO, Birdi. Smart Air Monitor
Steve Fernholz – Founder & CEO, Droplet. Robotic Sprinkler
John Lucchesi AIA – Architect/Academic
Ross Levy AIA LEED – Architect/Sustainable strategist

Frida Escobedo, Her Works and Insights (2 LUs)

September 22, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Registration information coming soon.
California College of the Arts, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco



Architect and urban planner, Frida Escobedo was born in Mexico City and founded her Mexico City firm in 2006. She received her undergraduate education at the Universidad Iberoamericana de la ciudad de México and holds a Masters of Art, Design, and Public Domain from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Image © Rafael Gamo Fassi.

Co-presented by SFNOMA, NOMAS, CASA, and LiA.

The Designer and the Chef 2.0 (2 LUs)

September 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$15 AIA Member | $25 General Admission
AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco



What is the relationship between design, food, and dining? How does the aesthetic of a space, the layout of the furniture, and the flow of the restaurant affect the guest experience? This panel will offer unique insight into the chef/designer relationship and about concept development from idea to realization. Image © Aidlin Darling Design.

Panelists include:
Douglas Burnham (envelopeA+D) with Craig Stoll (Delfina Restaurant Group)
David Darling (Aidlin Darling Design) with Corey Lee (Benu)
Olle Lundberg (Lundberg Design) with Charles Phan (Slanted Door Group)

Historic Sprawl: A History of California Suburbia (2 LUs)

September 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$15 AIA Member | $25 General Admission
Crome Architecture, 905 4th St., San Rafael



Come join Crome Architecture for a discussion on the history of suburban sprawl presented by Alan Hess, architect, historian and critic of the San Jose Mercury News. He has written nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century. Image © Crome Architecture.

On The Map: Designing South East SF (2 LUs)

September 30, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Check www.sfmcd.org for admission details.
Museum of Craft + Design, 2569 3rd Street, San Francisco



The South East waterfront is a rapidly changing area and the Museum of Craft and Design is an integral part of its growth. Join us for a lively discussion moderated by Marcel Wilson, Principal of Bionic. Hear from Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects, Inc., Craig Scott and Lisa Iwamoto of IwamotoScott, Michael Yarne of Build Inc., and Laura Crescimano from SITELAB, on the development of Dogpatch, from public spaces, to architecture and housing, infrastructure and transit, to planning and urban design. Enjoy a visual presentation of current and future design projects in the Dogpatch neighborhood and beyond. Image © SFMCD.