The Climate of Public Architecture-Expanding equitability for community resilience

When:  Jun 7, 2023 from 08:45 AM to 04:45 PM (PT)
Associated with  Public Architects Committee

The Climate of Public Architecture-Expanding equitability for community resilience

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, San Francisco, CA

The symposium, held in conjunction with AIA Conference on Architecture 2023,  will examine how meaningful public facilities flourish from the character of their communities. Public architecture should be open and inclusive in their forms and respect the histories of all community members. Public facilities are critical not only for the services they provide but must also address community members of all demographic and socioeconomic levels. The symposium will gather experts working in the field of public architecture to explore issues of engagement, inequity, and justice as they influence design, community, and practice. Working within the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence, the symposium will highlight projects that seek to engage issues of resilience, access, and engagement.

How to register 

  • Are you already attending A'23? Register for the full conference (platinum/gold/silver pass) registration package at A'23, then use the code PA100 for no additional cost in order to add this all-day event to your registration!
  • Are you only planning to attend this event? You can register for only this one day of A'23 - When selecting your pass, scroll down and select "Knowledge Community Symposium" registration package, then use the code for PA100 for no additional cost! You will also be welcome to visit the Expo on Thursday and Friday.
  • Whichever level you choose, all registrations should be done on conferenceonarchitecture.comPlease note that prices will go up after the early bird deadline of April 5!


8:45-9am           Opening remarks

  • Jeffrey Scott, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, WELL AP; Page Southerland Page, Inc., Project Architect, 2023 Chair AIA Public Architects
    Jeff Scott, AIA is an architect with Page Southerland Page, Inc. With more than 15 years of design and management experience, he plays a key role in some of the firm’s prominent civic, community, cultural, and higher education projects. Jeff has focused on public sector and institutional projects for much of his career and continues to be involved with various civic and community organizations locally and nationally. Jeff’s passion for bettering the built environment through public involvement and advocacy plays a major role how he approaches the design process. He has worked on projects throughout the country with a client list that includes Rutgers University, the UNC System, and various local and state municipalities in the southeast and mid-Atlantic.

9-1030am          The History of the Bureau of Architecture and the Public Works Department
For centuries, Civic Buildings have been pillars of excellence, the best architecture civilization has to offer. This is exemplified, from the Parthenon to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in NYC. Not only must our Civic Architecture stand the test of time, but it must also be on the forefront of design, innovation, technology, and sustainability and it must have strong advocacy to ensure this happens. San Francisco Public Works has one of the oldest and largest architectural groups in the country that provide full service design for the various city departments. These designs include Fire Stations, Libraries, Recreation & Community Centers.   This session will cover the history of San Francisco's Bureau of Architecture, a unique 110+ year old organization, steeped in rich San Francisco history and how it provides in house design while at the same time collaborates with the private sector.

  •  Julia Laue, AIA, LEED AP; San Francisco Public Works- Principal Architect and Bureau Manager for the Bureau of Architecture
    Julia Laue, AIA, is the Principal Architect and Bureau Manager for the Bureau of Architecture at San Francisco Public Works. Her focus is excellence in Project Delivery and Design for the City's great Civic Projects.  She joined Public Works from the private sector in 2013 and oversees 68 Architectural staff to deliver Civic Projects for the City & County of San Francisco, including Recreation Centers, Libraries, Fire Stations, & Health Clinics, to name a few.

10:45-12:15pm Achieving California's Climate Action Goals through Sustainable Public School Construction
In 2019, Governor Newsom issued Executive Orders requiring California agencies to redouble their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  These mandates have profound implications for statewide infrastructure and facility planning, especially for California public schools which number close to 10,000 campuses. What is the role of public schools as models of climate action and how can the State inspire, educate, and engage district facility planners in prioritizing the sustainability and resiliency of their facilities, especially for schools in disadvantaged communities facing the challenges of extreme heat?  The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has established an education program that advances a roadmap to district sustainability planning, and through regulatory development has implemented carbon reduction requirements for schools including building decarbonization, shade trees, and electric vehicle charging. Working collaboratively with NGOs, design professionals, and school stakeholders, DSA will highlight its plan for public schools in achieving the State’s climate action goals.

  • Ida A. Clair, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CASp , California Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect, State Architect
    Ida A. Clair, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CASp, was appointed State Architect by Governor Newsom and has been in the role since January 2019.  Ida leads four regional offices and a headquarters office in providing design and construction oversight of public K–12 schools and community colleges, and regulatory development for building standards for state and school facilities, including building standards for accessibility and sustainable school design and construction.
  • Eric Driever, AIA, CASp  State of California, Division of the State Architect, DSA Principal Architect
    Eric Driever, AIA, CASp, is the DSA Principal Architect in headquarters where he manages the accessibility, sustainability, and fire & life safety programs for public K-12 schools and community colleges, directs CALGreen regulatory development for public school facilities, and access compliance regulatory development for the state’s public accommodations, public buildings, commercial facilities, and public housing.

12:15-1:00pm    Lunch

1:05-2:05pm      Infrastructure as Parkland
This session will look at the overarching planning and design that guided the development of the Battery Bluff Tunnel Tops park (BBTT) and associated Parkway and reinforced the Trust’s strategic goals on environmental leadership, access and social equity. A major habitat restoration of native Presidio plants is a central element of the new Park. The BBTT creates more than 6 acres of new parkland atop the highway 101'ss western tunnels. The new park provides picnic and recreation spaces with a series of vista point overlooks that frame views to the Golden Gate and allow new and engaging and immersive access to historic batteries and naturale. The BBTT park project also restores and interprets four historic coastal military batteries, educating the public about the Presidio history and creating new multi-use trails that connect to the Presidio and Bayfront trail network.

  •  Andrew Sullivan, Dir of Landscape Architecture, Page Southerland Page, Inc., Director of Landscape Architecture
    Andrew consistently creates transformative, engaging environments that connect users to place through sustainable design. Andrew’s experience has included a broad spectrum of project types: from urban design and master planning, to detailed design and construction of private and public spaces. Andrew is adept with projects of significant scale while addressing multiple stakeholders. His work is rooted in the belief that beautiful design and the environmentally sensitive creation of place contribute to healthy and prosperous environments.
  • Michael Boland, FASLA , Presidio Trust, Chief Park officer
    Michael Boland, FASLA (Chief Park Officer, Presidio Trust) For three decades, Michael has focused on the future of parks as vehicles for addressing social and environmental challenges of our time. As a parkmaker, his work focuses on the transformation of the GGNRA, and the Presidio of San Francisco, into an innovative urban national park. His project work includes Crissy Field and the Tennessee Hollow watershed, Presidio trails system, Alcatraz, and the new Presidio Tunnel Tops.

2:10-3:10pm Goldsboro & Greenville: Public recreation centers in rural areas support aging adults and high-risk youth
This session addresses the broad and beneficial impacts of building recreation centers in rural areas and guidelines for socially responsible, ethical design. Presenters Kristen M. Hess, AIA and Elizabeth Caliendo, AIA will use examples of two recreation centers in eastern North Carolina to frame the positive effects of recreation resources on building users, especially teens and older adults. Presenters will discuss stakeholder engagement best practices that can be used from the RFP process through ribbon cutting and beyond. These methods bring forward healthful, accessible, and equitable recreation center design. Providing nuance around the definition of inclusive design, presenters will analyze the relationship between community identity and the importance of recreation centers as wellness resource hubs. Attendees will learn about designing for positive outcomes for teens and older adults in regions with new or improved recreation resources and assess common challenges and solutions architects may face when working on these projects.

  • Kristen M. Hess, AIA , HH Architecture, CEO
    Kristen M. Hess is Founder and CEO of HH Architecture, the 2022 AIA North Carolina Firm of the Year. Beyond her role as a business owner, Kristen has received the Marshall Memorial and Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellowships, was named the 2022 NC Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration, and is a Gold Award Girl Scout. Kristen graduated from the NC State University College of Design.
  • Elizabeth Caliendo, AIA, HH Architecture, Senior Architect
    Elizabeth Caliendo is a Senior Architect at HH Architecture with over 25 years of experience designing meaningful and innovative spaces across North Carolina. An active member of her local architecture community, Elizabeth has served AIA Triangle in several positions, including as 2022 Chapter President. She is also a current member of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission Design Review Advisory Committee. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the NC State University College of Design.

3:35-4:35pm      Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Workforce: A Look at San Francisco Public Works Racial Equity Initiative
How does a city department identify, understand, develop, and implement a racial equity plan to help rectify the systemic racism that has been prevalent in our history and built environment? San Francisco has been shaped by a history that has included bias, discrimination, and systemic racism. Confronting these issues is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Constructing a new anti-racist foundation for our 121-year-old department, San Francisco Public Works, will not happen overnight and it will not be smooth. Not only must we overcome bureaucratic hurdles, but also deeply personal ones. This webinar will review the steps our department has taken in the formation and implementation of our Racial Equity Initiative, the lessons we are learning, and where we hope to go to create a more equitable city.

  •  Jumoke Akin-Taylor, CCM, DBOA, PMP, San Francisco Public Works, Project Manager
    Jumoke Akin-Taylor is a Project Manager with SF Public Works where she has worked for 8 years. She has 30+ years experience in public and private projects. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Design Build Institute of America Professional (DBIA) and a Certified CMAA trainer. She recently got elected to CMAA National Board of Directors and serves as a Juror on DBIA yearly National Award Jury Committee.
  • Julie An, PLA, LEED AP , San Francisco Public Works, Landscape Architect
    Julie An is a licensed landscape architect who graduated from USC and worked in the private sector in Southern California before joining the SF Public Works. Since then, Julie has worked on many impactful public projects in streetscape design, urban parks, and City facilities. In addition to being an active member of the Public Works Racial Equity Committee, Julie is dedicated to promoting racial equity, diversity, and inclusion within the department and public projects.
  • Matt Jasmin, AIA, LEED AP, San Francisco Public Works, Architect
    Matt Jasmin is a licensed Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with over 20 years of experience working in the private sector on academic, institutional, and residential projects. Since joining SFPW, Matt has devoted his time to applying his planning, design and technical skills to facilities for the SFPD, Homeless and Supportive Housing,  SF Library and SF Arts Commission. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley.
  • Patty Solis, AIA, LEED AP, San Francisco Public Works, Senior Architect and Section Manager
    Patty Solis is a licensed Architect and Urban Planner. After 20+ years working in the private sector, including her own firm, she has found her calling working as a municipal architect, working on several award-winning City projects. As a Senior Architect at SFPW, Patty seeks to integrate her experience and technical skills to develop sensible approaches to the design and planning needs of the City and its diverse community.
  • Julia Laue, AIA, LEED AP, San Francisco Public Works, Principal Architect and Bureau Manager
    Julia Laue, AIA, is the Principal Architect and Bureau Manager for the Bureau of Architecture at San Francisco Public Works. Her focus is excellence in Project Delivery and Design for the City's great Civic Projects.  She joined Public Works from the private sector in 2013 and oversees 68 Architectural staff to deliver Civic Projects for the City & County of San Francisco, including Recreation Centers, Libraries, Fire Stations, & Health Clinics, to name a few.


San Francisco Public Works
49 South Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
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