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AIA Trivia Night

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Lowney Architecture in collaboration with AIA East Bay hosted the second joint "Trivia Night" - an event put together to foster a sense of support and comradery for ARE exam candidates. The evening was hosted by the always entertaining, Mark Donahue - the firms Design Director, who was assisted by Project Manager and AIA East Bay President, Winston Win.

"It is a great opportunity to support our local architecture community and younger colleagues" - Winston Win

For upcoming events held at Lowney Architecture, email us.

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Spotlight: Winston Win, President of AIA East Bay

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In December of last year, Lowney employee Winston Win was officially pronounced president of AIA East Bay. After seven years of involvement in AIA, Winston has moved up the ranks to 2017 Board President of AIA East Bay. He has been a board member of AIAEB since 2014 and served as the Board Vice President last year. Winston's dedication to the organization shows through his capability and eagerness to organize and coordinate events, a quality that has been invaluable to Lowney Architecture.

Winston's goals for AIA in 2017 are to bring AIA programs to a wider audience, increase transparency and access for members of AIA, promote expanded participation, invigorate committees, and, of course, have fun! Winston stated in his President's letter to the community, "My goal is to continue successful programs, improve upon them and test new ideas this year. I am dedicated to an accessible, transparent, and engaging chapter for our community; a chapter that reflects our shared values, celebrates our diverse voices, and advocates well for architects and architecture." And we at Lowney Architecture have no doubt that he will do just that. 

Congratulations Winston!

The Future of Oakland

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This month, Ken Lowney spoke at a forum hosted by Bisnow regarding Oakland development trends. Along with other prominent industry experts, Ken explained the Bay Area's shift from traditional construction of multifamily housing to more compact housing with shorter construction times.

Ken explained that as construction and living costs continue to rise, so too does the popularity of modular housing in the industry. The resulting trend is the repositioning of living room space from inside to outside. Apartments have a smaller focus on living rooms, tenants have lower expectations of living spaces, and public space is more meaningful as a result. Shared workspace, open space, and semi-public space serve as substitutes to personal living rooms. In other words, as individual living spaces get smaller, not only are there increased pressures on public resources, but developers are paying more attention to the amenity portion of the program. Developers are more likely to include these spaces in the program while also becoming more creative in their programming.

This harmonious relationship between public and private space is creating a strong demand for mixed-use buildings in Oakland, thereby furthering the opportunities for unique design of public space. An example of this can be found at The Hive on Broadway as well as on the servers of Oakland architecture offices everywhere.

For more information on the discussion, you can follow this link.

Hale Mahana Groundbreaking and Blessing

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Today, the project site of Hale Mahana Collegiate Apartments had its groundbreaking ceremony and a traditional blessing from a Hawaiian Kahuna. Lowney Architecture's Ken Lowney and Brian Nee visited the site along with the Honolulu City Manager, University of Hawaii president, city council members, Laconia, and EDR.

The project, located at 2615 South King Street in Honolulu, Hawaii, will be home to nearly 600 students attending the University of Hawaii. At 14 stories high and with student amenities on the top floor, the project will have unparalleled views of the rest of the island. Additionally, the public will have access to retail shops on the first floor, as well as the 6,000 square feet of on-site public landscaping.

Foundation work is slated to begin in the next week or so. For more information and updated time-lapse pictures of the site, you can visit https://app.oxblue.com/open/EDR/skingstreet.

Mahalo!

Now Presenting: New Parking

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Yesterday, Neil Gray from the City of Oakland came to our office to present the recently adopted revisions to the City of Oakland's off-street parking requirements. The Bay Area development community, including real estate agents, developers, brokers, and funders, gathered at our office to hear the presentation and ask questions about the new revisions.

A summary of these changes can be found on the City of Oakland's website, or by following this link.

We plan to host more events like this at our office in the future. You can find information about upcoming events on our Facebook page or here on our website.

 

Another Successful Tour

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Lowney Architect Tony Valadez led a hard hat tour of Lowney's Chow Oakland on Saturday, September 24th. Participants learned about this unique project which includes a hybridized program: part food market, part restaurant, part café, and part commercial bakery, and which intentionally blurs the line between interior and exterior. The project is an adaptive re-use of and addition to an existing building with (almost) every type of construction represented: masonry, cast in place concrete, original wood and sheathing, new dimensional and engineered lumber, and existing and new steel. Construction is slated to be done in January 2017.

Chow Oakland Tour on Saturday, 9/24

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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

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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.

 

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Trivia Night at Lowney Architecture Supports ARE Candidates

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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

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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!

 

Sincerely,

Lowney Architecture