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Chow Oakland Tour on Saturday, 9/24

AIA East Bay will be hosting a tour of Chow Oakland, our project currently under construction on Piedmont Avenue. Lowney’s Tony Valadez will lead the hard-hat tour, offering insights and a preview of this exciting new project before it opens to the public – part food market, part restaurant and café and part commercial bakery. More information and a link to register can be found here

Tour of the Orchards Just Days Before Grand Opening

On September 8th, the Urban Land Institute hosted a project walkthrough and discussion just days prior to the Grand Opening of the Safeway at the Orchards. The design team, including Lowney Architecture, Jett Landscape Design, Miller Starr Regalia Legal and Terramar Retail Centers led two dozen participants through a two-hour tour of the new retail center. Thanks to Steven Lawton, Chair of the ULI Programs Committee for this informative opportunity.



























Trivia Night at Lowney Architecture Supports ARE Candidates

Lowney Architecture hosted the inaugural AIA East Bay ARE-prep Trivia Night at its downtown Oakland office on Tuesday, August 30th. Four teams of candidates tested their SPD, PPP, and CDS knowledge in five rounds of friendly competition with emcee Mark Donahue, Design Director, and "Vanna" Winston Win, Project Manager from Lowney. Winston serves as the AIA East Bay 2016 Vice President and 2017 President-Elect and hopes to plan more events like this in the future.

Stay tuned for our next Trivia Night event!

Lowney Architecture to Host AIA East Bay Trivia Night

You are invited to the AIA East Bay's Trivia Night, hosted at the office of Lowney Architecture, in Oakland, CA.

Who: Anyone who is studying--or thinking of studying--for their Architect Registration Examinations, specifically SPD, PPP, and CDS. Or anyone who has already taken the exams and wishes to brush up on their knowledge of the field. We won't discriminate.

What: Trivia Night! Questions will include content from the SPD, PPP, and CDS exams. Come show off your knowledge of effective environmental design, space programming, and architecture best practices. 

Where: Lowney Architecture's brand new office, located at:

360 Seventeenth Street
Suite 200
Oakland, California

When: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Why: Because competition is an effective learning tool.

How much: *$15 before 8/25, $20 after 8/25.

*The registration cost includes dinner. There will be prizes for the winning team.


You can follow this link to register online.


Hope to see you there!



Lowney Architecture

Kwik Way Plans Receive Broad Community Support

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle
By Rachel Swan
Photo: Michael Short

After years of scrapped plans and benign neglect, Oakland’s moldering Kwik Way Drive-In is on the brink of demolition.

The midcentury diner, which over the last decade has intermittently shuttered and reopened on Lake Park Avenue, may soon be replaced by a five-story housing and retail development that will stand as tall as the nearby Grand Lake Theater. Though the project is still in its early stages, it appears to have near-unanimous support from a neighborhood where residents have quibbled for 12 years over what to do with the site.

“This site has been pretty controversial in the past,” said Councilman Abel Guillen, who represents the Lake Merritt district. “But you fast-forward to now, and we’re in this housing crunch, and this (property) is way underutilized.”

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Ken Lowney and Creative Development Partners vie for Kaiser Convention Center Project

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle
By Rachel Swan
Photo: Michael Short

The Henry J. Kaiser Con­ven­tion Cen­ter — a crum­bling, or­na­mented build­ing that once hosted Grate­ful Dead con­certs and housed vic­tims of the Span­ish flu — has long been a piece of lost his­tory in Oak­land.

Now it’s be­come a po­lit­i­cal bat­tle­front.

“If you don’t have roots here, you don’t un­der­stand why that build­ing is so im­por­tant,” said Ran­dolph Belle, vice pres­i­dent of Creative Devel­op­ment Part­ners, a group that’s vy­ing for rights to ren­o­vate and re­open the Kaiser cen­ter prop­erty. Belle, who is 47 and grew up in San Fran­cisco, rat­tled off all the mem­o­ries he had of Kaiser cen­ter events be­fore the build­ing

shut­tered in 2005: Christ­mas pageants, bas­ket­ball games, an MC Ham­mer con­cert in 1987 that he de­scribed as “epic.”

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Plank wins Real Estate Deals of the Year 2014 (Restaurant)

Publication: San Francisco Business Times

Winner, Restaurant: Plank
Oakland has seen dozens of restaurants open in recent years, but it’s never had anything like Plank. The project is nearly 50,000 square feet and it’s a lot more than a restaurant. There are two bowling alleys, a game arcade, a big beer garden and a space for corporate events. Operator Trifecta Management Group’s timing was perfect, opening right into the upswing at Jack London Square.

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Lowney Architecture Stays Profitable by Design, Lands ‘Best Year Ever’

Publication: San Francisco Business Times
By Richard Procter
Photo: Spencer A Brown

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Architects Reign as Grocery Kings

Publication: San Francisco Business Times
By Richard Procter
Photo: Spencer A Brown

For Ken Lowney, 2012 was “the year of hell.”

He had to buy out his business partner and his longtime girlfriend died.

His firm, Lowney Architecture, had been bringing in around $1.3 million in revenue annually since he founded it in 2003. After a grueling 2012 and 20 years as an architect, Lowney had to decide: Either double down on his gig specializing in designing grocery stores and pre-fab housing, or do something else, like real estate development.

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