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Beyond Repositioning: It’s time for Reconstruction!

Beyond Repositioning: It’s time for Reconstruction!

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As many of our readers know, AIA National has been on a campaign to “reposition” the architectural profession in response to a sense of overwhelming dissatisfaction as expressed by a majority of it’s constituents. Unfortunately, many of us, including the entire Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chapter, feel that the repositioning effort is not effective at best, and likely an attempt at bureaucratic self preservation.

Friday, December 20, 2013 | | Add a Comment

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The Summer Architectural Tour 2013:  Dublin (Ireland, part 1)

The Summer Architectural Tour 2013: Dublin (Ireland, part 1)

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This summer, Mark, Anne, Kent & Bruno, (all architects) wandered across Ireland and France, enjoying life, landscape and architecture. We had all spent plenty of time in France, but had managed to reach our fine middle years having missed the Emerald Isle.

Monday, September 23, 2013 | | Add a Comment

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Karin Payson wins the Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize 2013

Karin Payson wins the Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize 2013

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The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco presents the Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize every year to a small San Francisco architectural firm for design excellence. This year the prize has been awarded to Karin Payson for her work on the new Bayview Public Library.

Thursday, June 06, 2013 | | Add a Comment

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Constructed Realities Awards Program 2013

Constructed Realities Awards Program 2013

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Constructed Realities is a biennial awards program established at the behest of the Small Firms Committee, AIA San Francisco.

Saturday, June 01, 2013 | | Add a Comment

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The Joy of Mentoring a High School student:  The Build San Francisco Institute.

The Joy of Mentoring a High School student: The Build San Francisco Institute.

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The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco has created the Build San Francisco Institute, a half day high school program for students interested in design, construction, engineering and architecture. The Build San Francisco Institute is a unique community educational partnership, involving AFSF, San Francisco Unified School District and more than two dozen major San Francisco firms.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | | Add a Comment

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GREENBUILD 2012 San Francisco: A personal take.

GREENBUILD 2012 San Francisco: A personal take.

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“When I first visited the Greenbuild website to sign up, I became very excited: The prospect of spending three days in educational sessions at one of the world’s largest conferences dedicated to green buildings with building professionals from around the world sounded thrilling.” – Benjamin Todt

Monday, November 19, 2012 | | Add a Comment

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Modern on a shoestring: How to spend less than $75,000 and completely change your home.

Modern on a shoestring: How to spend less than $75,000 and completely change your home.

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Last summer, I purchased a home in Napa with my partner, Anne Fougeron. Most of the existing style choices were an abomination to our modernist sensibilities.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | | Add a Comment

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Amy Eliot on Women in Architecture

Amy Eliot on Women in Architecture

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“Women forget that we CAN go with our instinct, we can trust our intuitions. Sometimes women at big firms or competitive work situations take the attitude that “I can make it work… I have to make it work… I’ll do whatever it takes, suck it up without complaint”. For women and men alike, it’s important to have control over our own destiny. Follow your passion, and don’t assume there’s only one right way to do, or think about, architecture.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | | Add a Comment

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