Monday, September 30, 2019

We're hiring! We are looking for a Project Architect/Project Manager to join our team dedicated to sustainable building.

SIEGEL & STRAIN ARCHITECTS has an opening for a Project Architect/Manager

Siegel & Strain Architects is a vibrant, award-winning, 21-person East Bay firm with a diverse range of projects. We are a design- and research-oriented practice with a national reputation for advancing sustainable design. We work with innovative sub-consultants and use forward-looking materials and systems. Our portfolio includes civic and educational projects, camps and retreat centers, schools, recreational buildings, custom homes and historic buildings. Our work can be viewed at Current projects include:
  • A family camp in Tuolumne County for the City of Berkeley.
  • A new visitor center for Save the Redwoods League and National Park Service.
  • Two youth camps: a masterplan in Sonoma County, and a dining hall in Southern California.
  • A youth community center for Boys & Girls Club.
  • Civic and community facilities for the City of Berkeley.
  • Several National Park Service projects.
  • Facilities at San Francisco Parks.
  • Several community-serving projects under construction including a new library, a new community center, and an environmental education youth camp.
We typically work in collaborative teams of two or more people each with specific roles and responsibilities on individual projects. We are looking for a self-starting project architect to work on projects from pre-design through construction.

  • Minimum B. Arch.; Master of Architecture preferred
  • 5-8 years of experience in architecture offices
  • Strong design skills
  • Ability to research and problem solve
  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Sketch-up, Rhino and Adobe Suite
  • Strong organizational, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with California building codes
  • Experience in project management and consultant coordination is a plus
  • Experience preparing construction documents and details, particularly for Type V construction
  • Experience in construction administration is a plus
  • Experience on community-serving projects is a plus
  • LEED accreditation, green design experience is a plus
  • Experience working on historic buildings is a plus
  • Proficiency in rendering and parametric programs is a plus
  • Proficiency in energy, daylighting or similar modeling/analysis is a plus
  • Licensure or progress toward licensure is a plus
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation and retirement contributions.

How to Apply:
Please e-mail cover letter, resume, references and work samples.
Format: PDF format required. No compressed files please.
Address to:
Subject line: Project Architect/Project Manager


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Getting to Zero Forum, October 9-11, 2019

Marriott Oakland City Center, Oakland, California

Bishop O'Dowd High School Center for Environmental Studies (Photo: David Wakely)

Getting to Zero Forum is a solutions-focused event dedicated to zero energy and zero carbon buildings. The 2019 Forum will bring together more than 550 leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners, systems manufacturers, commercial real estate representatives and others working to define a new energy future for the built environment.

Getting to Zero Forum highlights and recommendations include:

OCTOBER 9, 2019 | 10:45am-1:00pm | Cost $35
Bishop O'Dowd High School Center for Environmental Studies Tour
This award-winning project is home to the school's environmental science and engineering program. Designed to complement the Living Lab—a 4.5-acre hillside restoration site, ecological study area, and wildlife habitat at the perimeter of the campus--a new building along with landscape elements tie the Living Lab to the campus core. The new academic building features two large laboratory classrooms, a faculty office and prep space, restrooms and storage. Sustainable building systems and materials—locally sourced, renewable building materials; roof-mounted photovoltaic panels for renewable power; on-site collection and treatment of storm water, and rainwater harvesting—are easily accessed to serve as teaching tools. Lunch on campus is included in the fee. Separate registration for the Getting to Schools Workshop is required. CEUs pending.

OCTOBER 11, 2019 | 8:30-10:00am
Session 3: A Global Call to Action for Zero Embodied Carbon

Getting to zero requires targeting both operating and embodied carbon. Buildings are responsible for 39% of global carbon emissions—28% attributed to operational carbon, and 11% to embodied emissions from materials and construction processes. As the industry responds to the challenge of eliminating operational carbon emissions from the energy consumption of buildings through design improvements, standards and regulations, embodied carbon becomes even more significant. This session will present a theory of change with case studies that aim to be zero embodied carbon discussing the feasibility of building density goals on embodied and operating carbon and explain the role that building reuse plays in achieving a zero carbon future. (1.5 AIA LU|HSW CEUs)

Moderator: Tony Saracino (Autodesk)
A Global Call to Action for Net Zero Embodied Carbon
Victoria Burrows (World GBC)

Thinking Small, Not Tall, to Get to Zero Carbon 
Ann Edminster (Design AVEnues LLC) & Larry Strain (Siegel & Strain Architects)

Embodied Carbon & High Performance in Landmark Structures: The Transformation of Fort Mason Pier 2
Marsha Maytum & Ryan Jang (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects)

OCTOBER 11, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am
Jolt Session 2: Essential Technologies for Getting to Zero

The U.S. building industry is creating new products, advancing manufacturing techniques, and altering construction approaches to meet the needs of zero energy and carbon goals. This session will show attendees how building envelopes have evolved and how they progressed to achieve zero energy goals; evaluate three key standard HVAC design features that are outdated and not supporting zero energy; and understand how off-site, modular construction can overcome productivity and help zero energy buildings adoption issues in the national construction market. (1 AIA LU|HSW CEUs)
Moderator: David Reynolds (ERS)
Inserting Zero Energy Design into the Growing Offsite Prefab Construction Market
Stacey Rothgeb & Shanti Pless (NREL)

Design for Off: Decarbonization of Existing Buildings
Jonathan Heller (Ecotope)
Building Envelope for Net Zero Buildings Lessons Learned Over Twenty Years
Henry Siegel & Nancy Malone (Siegel & Strain Architects). 

For more information and registration, please visit:
Getting to Zero Forum
Workshops & Tours