Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Postponed: International Work, a Panel Discussion

This program has been postponed; a new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

AIA East Bay will feature Bay Area Firms of all sizes including Dahlin Group, Debbas Architecture, Perkins + Will and EDAW as they present their most recent international work and s
hare their experiences. This fantastic panel is sure to create an fascinating discussion. The program will be followed by wine, cheese, and informal networking. Don't miss out!


Chip Pierson, AIA

Chip Pierson, AIA, Principal/General Manager with the Dahlin Group, Pleasanton, entered the world of international architecture and planning in 1996 with a master planned community in Spain. Later on during in 2001, Chip was hired to design a community of homes near Beijing. This included a trip to Beijing to present the project to journalists and prospective buyers. Dahlin Group opened an office in Beijing in 2002 with projects in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. That small office of 4 has grown to 2 offices (Beijing and Hangzhou) and a full time staff of 44. Over the years Dahlin Group’s expertise in planning and architecture has brought them to Russia, Libya and the United Arab Emirates.

Charles Debbas

Debbas Architecture is an award winning Architectural firm with projects spanning many countries and cultures. Principal Charles Debbas’s body of work encompasses a great variety of projects in the Bay Area, around the country and the world. His firm engages in a variety of product design and design partnerships with companies like BIC and others. Recent projects include homes in Hillsborough and the Berkeley hills as well as homes and cafes in Los Angeles. Foreign achievements include a very unique state-of-the-art Pre-School in Dalian, China for which Charles will travel to this June and for an inauguration in September, pre-schools in Zimbabwe, a memorial and high-rise residential tower in Lebanon, and a residence in Curacao.

Todd Kohli

Todd Kohli is a Landscape Architect and Managing Director of EDAW’s San Francisco/Walnut Creek offices. His International work experience has included development of urban design guidelines and master planning of multi-residential communities, mixed used, university, hospitality, retail and entertainment projects in major Asian and Middle Eastern cities including Tokyo and Okinawa, Japan, Cairo, Eqypt, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. EDAW’s 34 worldwide offices include locations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Lisa Fisher, AICP

Lisa Fisher, an urban planner and Associate for EDAW AECOM is currently managing master planning projects in Vancouver, Mexico City, and Santiago, Chile. These mixed-use projects feature unique public-private partnerships, urban regeneration, ecological frameworks, water sensitive urban design, and sustainability modeling.

Russ Drinker, AIA

Russ Drinker, AIA, Principal at Perkins + Will, San Francisco, has led project teams in architecture and planning on a broad range of large-scale, innovative, technically challenging projects with an emphasis on sustainable design around the world. Work has included academic campuses for Genentech in Singapore, a new Medical Sciences campus for King Saud University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; The Princess Noura University in Saudi Arabia, a new 30 million square foot campus for 40,000 full-time female graduate and undergraduate students, including a College of Medical Sciences and a 300 bed hospital; and United States Embassies in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Damascus.

6/24/09 Postponed

Monthly Program: International Work, a Panel Discussion

Time: 5:30pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Contact: 510/464-3600

Cost: $10 for AIA members and their guests; $15 for non-members

This program has been postponed; the new date will be announced in the coming weeks.


For more information: 510/464-3600

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