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      What Makes a Successful Partnership? Working with Other Small Firms (2 LUs) in San Francisco

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      August 29, 2013

      Thursday   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      101 Henry Adams Street
      San Francisco, California 94103

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      What Makes a Successful Partnership? Working with Other Small Firms (2 LUs)

      Join Cary Bernstein, AIA (Cary Bernstein Architect), Eliza Hart, AIA (Hart Wright Architects), Tom McElroy, AIA (McElroy Architects), and Alex Bergtraun, AIA (Studio Bergtraun) for the August panel on Growing a Small Firm. Mark Cavagnero, FAIA will moderate.

      About the Speakers

      Alex Bergtraun, AIA, a Bay Area native and CalPoly SLO graduate, has combined extensive international study and work experience in Denmark and Italy designing a wide array of projects in Milan, Tuscany and Sardinia. These years abroad greatly influenced his architectural sensibility and continued worldly travels augment and enrich his design vocabulary. Upon his return from Italy in 1988, Alex established Studio Bergtraun, AIA, Architects in Emeryville, with a focus on high-end residential, religious and educational facilities in the Bay Area and beyond. Maintaining a five-person firm throughout this journey has been possible through a willingness to collaboratively work with a variety of team structures enriching all those involved with the process from design through construction.

      Cary Bernstein, AIA, LEED AP received a B.A. in Philosophy and Russian from Dartmouth College and M. Arch from Yale University. She started her practice, Cary Bernstein Architect, in New York in 1991 and opened a San Francisco office in 1995. Work includes residential, commercial, civic, pro-bono and arts-related projects. The firm has won numerous design awards and is regularly featured in local, national and international publications. In addition to practice, she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts, the former Chair of the SFMOMA Architecture + Design Forum and a member of Public Architecture’s 1% Solution. The recently completedHill House will be featured in the 2013 AIASF San Francisco Living Home Tour in September.

      Tom McElroy, AIA, LEED AP received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and spent three years in NYC before answering the call of the west coast, settling in San Francisco. He enjoys the challenge of combining modern California design with the memory of rural upstate New York’s old farms and woods. After working with Feldman Architecture, obtaining licensure and LEED accreditation, he started his practice in 2009. The small firm looks for ways to create bright open spaces with tangible warmth, collaborating with clients on projects throughout the Bay Area. The main focus is residential work with diversions into small commercial projects. Tom carves out free time to pursue other interests such as junked furniture restoration and repurposing items hauled out of construction projects.

      Eliza Hart, AIA is partner and founder of Hart Wright Architects, a full-service San Francisco architectural firm. Hart Wright Architects specializes in modern sustainable design with an emphasis on providing excellent service to their clients and collaboration with the general contractors they work with. Eliza is a member of the AIA, a LEED Accredited Professional and also a Green Point Rated Advisor.Prior to forming Hart Wright Architects, principal architect Eliza Hart worked on a variety of residential and commercial projects, including both new construction and renovations for various San Francisco firms, most notably Sagan Piechota Architecture. She received her Master of Architecture and Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.



      Growing a Small Firm is a monthly series created by AIA San Francisco and Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, with panel discussions specially designed to help architects who have recently branched out on their own, have a growing firm or are considering starting their own business These best practice lectures will bring together some of San Francisco’s leading architects, contractors, engineers, and other design professionals for evenings of focused conversation and invaluable insight.

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