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Holiday Party in Sonoma

Thank you to Paul Berger and his wife for hosting the AIARE Holiday party at their newly renovated home in Sonoma.  The house is gorgeous and was a great setting for kicking off the holidays.  It was also a time to say thank you to all the hard-working board members who kept the organization moving ...

CRAN Symposium Opening Reception

AIA Redwood Empire and our CRAN guests were hosted by No. 8 Lighting at Zephyr Ranch for a beautiful wine country evening. The weather was perfect for a stroll down a country lane and then to be greated by the beautiful views of vineyards and olive groves in the rolling hills of Western Sonoma County.  Attendees …


AIA Redwood Empire Wine and Architecture Tour – Westside Road

What a fun day tasting wine and showing our CRAN guests some wonderful wineries.  The rich history and broad variety of architectural styles made for an interesting and memorable tour.  There were architects from D.C., Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Honolulu just to name a few.  There are many photos from the day which can be …


New Member Reception at TLCD

                                            The New Member Reception was hosted fittingly enough at the new, modern offices of TLCD.  They are located at 520 Third Street in downtown Santa Rosa and it was as great opportunity to meet …


Spanish Stone & Tapas

The Andalusian Trade Council from Andalusia, Spain sent a trade group of 7 manufacturers of Spanish marble, limestone, fireplaces and fountains to talk about their products and manufacturing capabilities.  Basically any stone element an architect can imagine, they can do.  Do you want a replica of the Alhambra Palace?  They've done it! Portalais, Inc. sponsored the ...

November Membership Lunch/Elections 2014

November Membership Lunch Elections were held at the lunch meeting and Carl Servais was elected as the new President of the Chapter for 2015.  There are a couple of open positions remaining on the board, so this is your chance to serve and ensure that the chapter remains the best in the west.  You can …


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 ...

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 …


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 ...

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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