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December 2013 Newsletter

In this issue: Home Tour November Membership Lunch Wine & Learn NXNC Lecture Series President’s Letter AIACC Updates Emerging Professionals Holiday Party CRAN  - Design Showcase Happy Holidays President's Letter Happy Holidays. As the year draws to a close, I would like to share my reflections on 2013. Our Executive Director and the Board of ...

House Tour of Christopher Alexander Designed Home

This magnificent artisan estate was designed by renowned architect Christopher Alexander whose talent created a masterpiece of profound beauty in Sebastopol.  The home uses passive solar design and its thick walls are built of shot-crete. The house is designed to last for several hundred years.  Recycled and sustainable materials were used as much as possible ...

November Membership Lunch

The popular series, Citizen Architects, had a great panel of local AIA Redwood Empire Architects/leaders in our community consisting of: Scott Bartley, AIA, Mayor City of Santa Rosa Mitch Conner, AIA Julia Donoho, AIA Doug Hilberman, AIA The open dialog about leadership and the profession of architecture touched on areas such as how community service ...

Wine and Learn

The addition to Sonoma Cutrer’s wine facility is extensive, both in terms of scale and scope. The new stainless steel fermenting tanks hold 100,000 gallons and weigh about a million pounds each when full. The tanks and the site is heavily engineered to withstand earthquakes. The tanks were all built on site and took about ...

NXNC Lecture Series

Mark Sexton is a founding principal of Krueck+Sexton Architects. Together with Ronald Krueck, he designs and manages all of the firm’s work. Mark is responsible for the development and execution of design ideas and for the coordination of the project teams. He works on every level of a project, ensuring that his history with and ...

October Membership Lunch Meeting

Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations presented by Leisl Morell Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is gaining importance as a sustainability tool for practicing design professionals.  LEED Version 4.0 has adopted LCA language into material resource credit categories.  The design and manufacture of products that take into consideration the environmental impact of producing them is …


October Newsletter 2013

AIA State & National From Michael Malinowski, AIA - AIA Core Principals endorsed by the AIA National Board The AIA Redwood Empire chapter put a Resolution on the floor of the convention last year that helped lead to the work of the Member Services Resource Task force.  This body includes among it's members our own ...

September Membership Lunch with Dennis Fagent, S.E.

Dennis Fagent, S.E.  and Bryan Osborn Prefabrication, Panelization & Modularization Initially when you hear about prefabrication, panelization and modularization, they all sound very similar and bring to mind big boxes, stacked on top of each other to create a structure.  Dennis took us through the meaning of the terms and how new processes are being ...


The REBECC Committee The third annual Redwood Empire Built Environment Collaboration Committee (REBECC) event was fantastic!  With eight professional organizations and well over a hundred members in attendance, this event continues to gets better and better each year.  The sponsoring organizations included the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the North Coast Builders Exchange, the American ...

Francis Ford Coppola Hospitality Tour

By Jordan Lebovich, JBL Photography Demae Rubins, a Project Manager at Summit Engineering led a tour of the new hospitality area of the Francis Ford Coppola Event Center in Geyserville.  We learned about Francis Ford Coppola's attention to detail and the reasoning behind the many design choices that were made.  One of his pet peeves ...
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