Streets as Important Civic & Public Space


How a high quality public realm can improve community vitality. The appearance and condition of our public realm can inspire, invigorate, frighten or deflate us. Transportation infrastructure that is designed to be aesthetically rich, and offer a variety of social and community experiences, can foster civic engagement, encourage social connection, and strengthen community identity.


re:Street Reclaiming the Public ROW: West Capitol Ave


West Capitol Avenue is a major east-west, 3.5-mile long arterial and commercial spine running through West Sacramento. The Urban Design and Streetscape Master Plan focused on creating a Complete Street to serve as the heart of the community. This involved redesign of the public-private interface, signage and wayfinding, traffic and circulation, infrastructure, financing strategies and overall streetscape standards. Sustainable infrastructure plans were developed to assure underground utilities like sewer, water and storm drainage are adequate for new development. The extensive community participation program included a series of stakeholder interviews and community workshops. Since Phase One improvements, the city has seen investment by a hotelier, bank and small businesses and the street has welcomed a college, community center, an updated library and remodeled transit centers.

From Competition to Practice: The Case Study of UCLA’S Green Hall


From conception to implementation, architectural designs change over time, but the process of that change often goes unseen. SOM Design Director Javier Arizmendi will reveal how and why designs may evolve, in a lecture that will highlight the case study of Geffen Hall—UCLA’s new teaching and learning facility for the David Geffen School of Medicine. He will show how SOM’s initial winning competition design was transformed through the multidisciplinary design firm’s collaborative process together with the university and their stakeholders.

Landscape & Hospitality Design


Reflections on the relationship between Landscape and the profession of hospitality architecture

By the following two designers:

SPEAKER(1): Ryan Doone – Associate Designer at HKS

Ryan is a California native and has been with HKS Hill-Glazier Studio since he returned home to Palo Alto in 2011. Prior to that, he earned professional design degrees from Harvard and MIT. His primary focus is on conceptual and schematic design for new and current hospitality projects with an emphasis on beach resorts, and his interest in the intersection between landscape and architecture make for elevated client satisfaction and guest experiences.

SPEAKER(2): Ryan O’Rourke –Designer at HKS

Ryan is a California native and has been with the HKS Hospitality Group since he moved across the bay to San Francisco in 2014. Prior to that, he earned a design degree in architecture from Cal. His primary focus is to assist in the full service delivery of a construction set. He also leads a team of individuals in the creation + implementation of programs with the goal to promote cultural diversity + inclusion throughout the studio. These programs are critical to the development of an effective + efficient workforce.

Neighborhood Design on Steep Slopes


The talk is about Potrero HOPE SF Public Housing Master Plan and the Kirkham Project in San Francisco.  The Potrero HOPE SF Master Plan is a transformative project that will take recreate a 38 site with 606 public housing units that has been separated from the rest of the city  socially, economically and physically into a truly mixed-income and mixed-use community reintegrated into the urban fabric with up to 1,700 new homes including 606 public housing replacement units, additional affordable housing and market-rate development.  The Kirkham Project will transform an aging 86 unit, 6 acre property into a vibrant new community with up to 400 new units.  Both of these projects required a complete transformation of the existing conditions to create a place that is unique, vibrant and integrated into their urban environments and the neighborhoods around them.


Building Authenticity in the Landscape


Inspired by the existing modernist façade, the new courtyard at IBM Victoria Ward tower showcases a landscape expression of modern Hawaiian architectural motifs and powerful cultural history. The  historic IBM tower was designed by Vladimir Ossipoff—Hawaii’s quintessential modernist. The new landscape is a distilled expression of Hawaiian identity and serves as an introduction to a larger mixed-use master plan of over 60 acres in central Honolulu.