Thursday, February 20, 2020

Looking for a Project Designer/Project Architect

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

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 in design include:
  • A new visitor center for Save the Redwoods League and National Park Service.
  • Several National Park Service projects.
  • A girl scout camp Innovation Center.
  • Support facilities for a wastewater treatment plant.
  • A youth camp in Southern California.
  • Civic and community facilities for the City of Berkeley.
  • Facilities at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
  • Several community-serving projects under construction including a new library, a camp community center, a new family camp, and renovation of a Boys & Girls Club.
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
  • 3-7 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 preparing construction documents and details, particularly for Type V construction 
  • Experience working with California building codes
  • Experience in project management and consultant coordination is a plus
  • 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 Designer/Project Architect


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Julia Morgan Hall wins 2020 US WoodWorks Wood Design Award

By The Editors, February 5, 2020
Architect's Newspaper

Adaptable and Durable Wood Structures

Project: Julia Morgan Hall
Location: Berkeley, California
Architect: Siegel & Strain Architects
Structural Engineer: Bluestone Engineering
Contractor: James R. Griffin
Photography: David Wakely

Designed in 1911 by California architect Julia Morgan (who also designed Hearst Castle), this Senior Women’s Hall at UC Berkeley is an elegant redwood bungalow with exposed wall and roof framing and a natural-finish interior. The building served as a gathering place for female students until 1969, when it was converted into a childcare center. First relocated in 1946, it was moved again in 2014—to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. To extricate the structure from its site and negotiate a winding road with overhanging trees, the building was divided into four segments, which were reassembled at the Garden, rehabilitated and upgraded to meet current accessibility standards. All of the work—including cutting, installation, subsequent removal of temporary shoring and protection, and reassembly—had to be carefully executed to avoid damage. The exposed interior wood components required only minimal staining to conceal wear and tear, while the rich wood floors were refinished. the redwood siding was replaced as required and painted, and the team added a new wood porch. 2,255 square feet / Type V-B construction.

For more winners and information, visit: 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Getting to Net Zero: A Discussion on Low Carbon Construction

6:00-7:30 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104

The construction industry, through building construction and building use, contributes roughly 40% of total anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions to the environment. Embodied carbon (emissions from building materials and construction) makes up over 25% of this total. The design decisions we make as structural engineers and architects directly impact these emissions. This gives us a vital role to play in reducing the environmental impact of the built environment. This panel session will discuss advances the structural engineering profession is making toward net zero embodied carbon structures, discuss the top three actions structural engineers and architects can take to reduce the embodied carbon in their projects, and discuss how structural engineers and architects can work better together to effectively reduce the embodied carbon of their projects.

Panelists include Brad Jacobson (Principal, EHDD), Bruce King (Founder, Ecological Building Network), Nicholas Miley (KPFF Consulting Engineers), Larry Strain (Principal, Siegel & Strain Architects), Megan Stringer (Associate Principal, Holmes Structures), Vaclav Hasik (LCA Analyst, Urban Fabrick).

This session will be of interest for all building professionals and will raise awareness among architects and structural engineers about how they can make wiser design choices to reduce emissions. Attendees will leave with an idea of sustainable strategies that can be implemented on their projects. This session includes panelists who helped develop the first Low Carbon Concrete Building Code in the U.S. as well as panelists who are involved in the Structural Engineering movement, SE2050, to get to net zero embodied carbon structures by year 2050. The session will be interactive, so come with your questions and ready for discussion! (1.5LU/HSW)

For more information and to register, visit: Events at AIA San Francisco