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Architects' Forum

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant Street

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

Free: Home Tours ticket holders



Be part of a lively conversation and meet this year's architects whose projects will be showcased in this year’s San Francisco Living: Home Tours.

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Moderated by Zahid Sardar, Editor-in-Chief, SPACES magazine
Zahid is a San Francisco curator, editor and writer specializing in architecture, interiors and design and the editor-in-chief of SPACES magazine. His work has appeared in national and international publications including the New York Times, Dwell, Form, Interiors, Interior Design, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley magazines, and the San Francisco Chronicle for which he served as architecture and design editor for over 20 years. Mr. Sardar has lectured on the history of interiors at the California College of the Arts (CCA) for four years, and the 2015 exhibition he curated, titled Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft, was shown in San Francisco at the Museum of Craft and Design and during Eindhoven’s Dutch Design Week in The Netherlands. He is also the author of several architecture and design books, including San Francisco Modern, New Garden Design, West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors and Design, 100 Best Bikes, The Dutch Bike, and his most recent, In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights. 

Karen Curtiss, AIA | Principal, Red Dot Studio

Born and raised on the East Coast, Karen Curtiss studied in Scotland and lived in Hungary when the iron curtain fell, while training in the sport of fencing, before settling in San Francisco in 1995. Her time overseas gave her an appreciation for old and new architecture rubbing shoulders with each other and informed her respect for cultural context, and improving the human experience. Karen holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a MA in Interior Architecture and obtained her architecture license through apprenticeship. 


Eric Dumican Founder, Dumican Mosey Architects

Eric Dumican is an Architect, Partner & Co-founder of Dumican Mosey Architects in San Francisco. He has been practicing architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 20 years after beginning his career in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His practice is characterized by the strong balance between a rigorous, iterative design process with a keen understanding of professional practice. His expertise and experience range from large complex commercial projects to smaller scale detail-oriented custom homes; with a particular focus on tightly organized designs of a modernist nature.


John Maniscalco, AIA | Principal + Founder, John Maniscalco Architecture

John is the Founding Principal of John Maniscalco Architecture. Since receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in 1989, he has practiced architecture in San Francisco, designing a wide range of projects, including master-planning, commercial office buildings, academic buildings, civic centers, transportation complexes, and wineries, as well as multi and single family homes. Since founding jmA in 2000, he oversees all phases of design and construction on jmA projects from conception to completion. With a particular focus on the development of unique, site-specific, and client-centric solutions, the firm has built a broad portfolio of projects throughout the Bay Area, Coastal and Wine Regions, Tahoe, Utah, and Montana. The firm's work has received multiple design honors and has been featured in a wide range of regional, national, and international publications.

Casper Mork-Ulnes, AIA, MNAL | Principal, Mork Ulnes Architects

Norwegian born, Casper was raised in Italy, Scotland and the United States, which has brought a broad perspective to his eponymous firm’s work. In 2015, Casper was named one of “California’s finest emerging talent” by the American Institute of Architects California Council. He was selected by the Norwegian National Museum as one of “the most noteworthy young architects in Norway” with the exhibit “Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013.”

In his almost 20 years of design experience, Casper has worked on projects for clients including BMW, Swatch, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dominican University, property developers, and private residential clients. Casper holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from California College of the Arts. Casper was also a founder of Modern Cabana (2005-2012) and of SFOSL Architecture (2012). Modern Cabana was acquired by BluHomes in 2012.

Rudabeh Pakravan | Principal, Sidell Pakravan Architects

Rudabeh is an architect and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a principal of Sidell Pakravan Architects, an architecture and design firm. Sidell Pakravan's work includes a wide range of commercial and residential and civic projects such as the 19th Street Residence, Google's Shorebird Campus, and the award-winning proposal for the Siprosa School in Nairobi. The firm leverages architecture’s primary language, form, in response to a critical exploration of context to create viscerally compelling architecture that is rooted in intellectual rigor . Rudabeh is on the design faculty at the University of California Berkeley, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate studios. Rudabeh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (M.Arch '00) and the University of California, Berkeley (B.Sc, Civil Engineering, 1995)

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