American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA)

BAYA connects designers, students and newly licensed architects for networking, volunteer opportunities and social events. With over 1500 members, BAYA is the most active AIA committee for young architects nationwide. Our goal is to involve young aspiring architects from school to licensure with the architectural community. We have monthly firm tours where we announce our activities, other architecture related events, volunteer opportunities and to discuss topics relevant to the architecture profession.

Each month a local architecture firm hosts and gives a brief presentation of their work. This is an opportunity for young architects to learn about the different practices in the city, as well as a chance for the hosting firm to present itself and attract new talent. We also organize monthly mixers around the city and a number of special events throughout the year.

BAYA firm tours are $5 & mixers are free for all members. The $5 ticket for firm tours assures adequate attendance & sponsors future BAYA events. Our membership is open to all non-licensed professionals and architects licensed for less than 10 years in the Bay Area whether or not a member of a local AIA chapter.

  • Firm Visits: 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm (location varies; mixer following)
  • Mixers: 2nd or 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm, (location varies)

If you are interested in hosting a future BAYA event or have any questions, please contact us at baya@aiasf.org.


Past Events

Year Month Event More
2015 July BAYA July Firm Tour: Gensler View
2015 June AIASF Mentorship | BAYA Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day View
2015 March BAYA March Firm Tour: Walker Warner Architects View
2015 February BAYA: Emerging Technologies in Architecture View
2014 December BAYA 2014 Holiday + Appreciation Party View
2014 November BAYA November Firm Tour + Elections at WRNS Studio View
2014 October SOLD OUT: Oktoberfest View
2014 August BAYA August Firm Tour: Steinberg Architects View
2014 July BAYA July Firm Tour: Office of Charles Bloszies View
2014 June BAYA Presents at Knoll Showroom View
2014 May Firm Visit: STUDIOS Architecture View
2014 May BAYA and YMF SEAONC: Spring Social View
2014 April BAYA + AIAS Mixer: What's Next? From School to Practice View
2014 April Firm Visit: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc. View
2014 March Firm Visit: Van Meter Williams Pollack View
2014 February Firm Visit: Flad Architects View
2014 January Firm Visit: John Lum Architecture View

Events

  • Event

    BAYA + Mentorship Committee | Habitat for Humanity

    Mentorship Program 2016 members and current BAYA members are encouraged to sign up for a joint Habitat for Humanity volunteer day on Saturday July 23th or July 30th. Please sign up only if you are absolutely able to attend. We have committed to bringing 20 volunteers between Mentorship and BAYA and want to fill every position.

    Please note that spots are limited and participation is on a first come first serve basis.

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    BAYA + Mentorship Committee | Habitat for Humanity

    Mentorship Program 2016 members and current BAYA members are encouraged to sign up for a joint Habitat for Humanity volunteer day on Saturday July 23th or July 30th. Please sign up only if you are absolutely able to attend. We have committed to bringing 20 volunteers between Mentorship and BAYA and want to fill every position.

    Please note that spots are limited and participation is on a first come first serve basis.

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  • JULY FIRM TOUR | INTERIOR ARCHITECTS

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    JULY FIRM TOUR | INTERIOR ARCHITECTS

    Join BAYA for a tour of the firm, a brief presentation on recently completed projects and the culture at IA, followed by networking and light refreshments.

    Founded in 1984, IA Interior Architects is the first and largest global architectural firm focused exclusively on interior architecture and workplace strategies. IA collaborates with clients in diverse markets worldwide, aligning their business strategies and core values with the dynamic use of space. IA has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston ...

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  • JUNE MIXER WITH AIA EAST BAY | MAD OAK

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    JUNE MIXER WITH AIA EAST BAY | MAD OAK

    BAYA organizes monthly mixers around the city and a number of special events throughout the year. BAYA meetings are free to attend for everyone in the architecture profession. Our membership is open to all non-licensed professionals and architects licensed for less than 10 years in the Bay Area whether or not a member of a local AIA chapter.

    Come join us for a casual night of networking with local professionals spanning across the design profession at the Mad Oak with ...

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  • BAYA JUNE FIRM TOUR | Future Cities Lab

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    BAYA JUNE FIRM TOUR | Future Cities Lab

    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a tour of the firm, a brief presentation, and networking.

    Future Cities Lab is an experimental design studio, workshop, and architectural think tank operating globally out of San Francisco, CA. Since 2005, founding principals Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of art and design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems, and public space. Future Cities Lab is an interdisciplinary studio employing ...

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  • BAYA MAY FIRM TOUR | Heller Manus Architects

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    BAYA MAY FIRM TOUR | Heller Manus Architects

    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a tour of the firm, a brief presentation, and networking.

    Please note that there is a 30 person maximum for this tour.

    Spanning more than three decades, Heller Manus has continued to expand the reach of the practice, designing buildings in San Francisco, the greater Bay Area, the nation, and in China. Today, the firm continues to lead in signature sustainable urban infill architectural projects, urban master planning, and design having a profound role ...

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  • BAYA SPRING SOCIAL | The Wreck Room

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    BAYA SPRING SOCIAL | The Wreck Room

    Come join us for a casual night of networking with local professionals from SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) and ASCE SF YMF (Young Member Forum) at The Wreck Room. Welcome architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape designers, vendors, planners, and those who may have left the profession but still hold it close to their hearts.

    Pizza, drink tickets, and game tokens will be provided on a first come first served basis.

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  • BAYA APRIL FIRM TOUR | BCV Architects

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    BAYA APRIL FIRM TOUR | BCV Architects

    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a tour of the firm, a brief presentation, and networking.

    BCV Architects is a San Francisco and New York based design firm known for the diversity of scales at which it works, from the master planning of large urban projects to the china used in our restaurant designs. The firm’s principals pursue this range of work because they believe that the conceptual ideas of architecture and design are refined and made meaningful by ...

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  • Featured Event

    BAYA PRESENTS - What’s Next: Getting Out There!

    Even though the design industry is doing well today, finding a job can be a long and brutal process for some. Having a great resume and portfolio is not enough. In today's Millennial age, when technology and information have overwhelmed us; it's important for Students and Emerging Professionals to use these tools to their advantage and 'Get Out There'! Getting recognized for your ideas requires as much work as work itself! This BAYA event hopes to expose you ...

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  • BAYA MARCH FIRM TOUR | Mithun Architects - SOLD OUT

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    BAYA MARCH FIRM TOUR | Mithun Architects - SOLD OUT

    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a tour of the firm, a brief presentation, and networking, followed by a social at a nearby bar. Ticket sales end 48 hours before the event.

    Mithun’s architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners are working to inspire a sustainable world through leadership, innovation and integrated design.

    A national leader in sustainable design and urbanism since 1949, we look for and find connections — the universal in the specific, and ways to ...

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  • BAYA MARCH MIXER | 111 MINNA GALLERY

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    BAYA MARCH MIXER | 111 MINNA GALLERY

    Come join us for a casual night of networking with local professionals spanning across the design profession at the Minna Gallery. Welcome architects, interior designers, landscape designers, vendors, planners, and those who may have left the profession but still hold it close to their hearts.

    BAYA organizes monthly mixers around the city and a number of special events throughout the year. BAYA meetings are free to attend for everyone in the architecture profession. Our membership is open to all non-licensed ...

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  • BAYA MARCH MIXER | 111 MINNA GALLERY

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    BAYA MARCH MIXER | 111 MINNA GALLERY

    Come join us for a casual night of networking with local professionals spanning across the design profession at the Minna Gallery. Welcome architects, interior designers, landscape designers, vendors, planners, and those who may have left the profession but still hold it close to their hearts.

    BAYA organizes monthly mixers around the city and a number of special events throughout the year. BAYA meetings are free to attend for everyone in the architecture profession. Our membership is open to all non-licensed ...

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  • BAYA FEBRUARY FIRM TOUR | MBH Architects

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    BAYA FEBRUARY FIRM TOUR | MBH Architects

    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a tour of the firm, a brief presentation, and networking, followed by a social at a nearby bar. The Marina Village shuttle will pickup from in front of the Marriott near the 12st BART station. It departs at 6:19 pm. MBH is the second stop. Please contact patrycjad@mbharch.com if additional pickup capacity is needed before 6:30 pm.


    MBH Architects is pleased to welcome members of BAYA to our office for ...

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  • FEBRUARY BAYA MIXER | ROMPER ROOM

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    FEBRUARY BAYA MIXER | ROMPER ROOM

    BAYA organizes monthly mixers around the city and a number of special events throughout the year. BAYA meetings are free to attend for everyone in the architecture profession. Our membership is open to all non-licensed professionals and architects licensed for less than 10 years in the Bay Area whether or not a member of a local AIA chapter.

    Come join us for a casual night of networking with local professionals spanning across the design profession at the Romper Room. Welcome ...

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  • BAYA January Firm Tour: Nicole Hollis

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    BAYA January Firm Tour: Nicole Hollis

    NICOLEHOLLIS is a design firm based in San Francisco that explores the possibilities between curatorial imagination and dark glamour to create luxury interiors. 35+ designers with multidisciplinary backgrounds in architecture, fine art and industrial, interior and textile designs collaborating with a raw, neutral palette, rich textures and organic materials evoke the natural world transformed through artistic and technological innovation. NICOLEHOLLIS has completed projects throughout the country and has been honored with dozens of awards since its establishment, including the 2015 ...

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  • Party

    BAYA Holiday Party

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  • BAYA November Firm Tour: BAR Architects

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    BAYA November Firm Tour: BAR Architects

    BAR Architects has remained a leading San Francisco design firm for close to 50 years. Beginning with their first project, the Woodmont apartment complex in Belmont, CA -which was widely published and received an AIA Award - the firm's emphasis on design continues today. With a staff of 80, BAR's current work spans numerous market sectors including multifamily and mixed-use, custom homes, hospitality, arts and education along with retail and commercial commissions. Projects are located throughout the Western United ...

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  • UC Berkeley Solar Decathlon 2017 Presentation (1.5 LUs)

    AIASF Mentorship and BAYA are pleased to host the UC Berkeley Solar Decathlon 2017 presentation. Come and learn about the Solar Decathlon competition and how you can participate.

    The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

    UC Berkeley (UCB) is ...

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  • CCA + BAYA presents: Path to Licensure

    Come join BAYA and the California College of the Arts for a collaborative and informational session regarding everything you need to know about Architectural licensure and your path for success.

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  • Fellowship for Emerging Professionals

    Lecture

    Fellowship for Emerging Professionals

    FAIA might seem like a distant possibility, or simply a title to emerging professionals, but it is more actively a guide to a career well practiced.

    "Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level." -- The American Institute of Architects

    Join BAYA as we host fellowship consultant Tim Culvahouse ...

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  • BAYA October Firm Tour: Charles M. Salter Associates

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    BAYA October Firm Tour: Charles M. Salter Associates

    Charles M. Salter Associates, founded in 1975, consults in acoustics, audiovisual, telecommunications, and security systems. With offices in San Francisco and San Jose, Salter has a staff of 55 and are involved in over 900 projects per year worldwide. They completed a LEED-Gold certified office expansion in the historic Hallidie Building -- one of the first LEED for Commercial Interiors™ projects to achieve an Innovation in Design Pilot Credit for acoustical performance and occupant satisfaction. The design not only focuses on ...

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  • BAYA Firm Tour: Aidlin Darling Design

    Tour

    BAYA Firm Tour: Aidlin Darling Design

    About Aildin Darling Design:

    With a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines, Principals Joshua Aidlin and David Darling started Aidlin Darling Design in 1998. Based in San Francisco, the firm has a broad focus including institutional, commercial and residential architecture, as well as furniture, landscape and interior design.

    Aidlin Darling’s emphasis on designing for all of the senses has cultivated a diverse and collaborative studio that acts as the creative hub ...

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  • Generational Perspectives: Home

    Lecture

    Generational Perspectives: Home

    Part three of three

    This three-part series presents a multigenerational panel of designers as they discuss topics that reflect the shifting architectural and cultural landscape of the region. Join us for a look at how generations of architects have approached the design of urban living, its impact on the housing crisis and how residential design continues to impact the lives of everyone in the Bay Area. Co-presented by Bay Area Young Architects.

    Image courtesy of Flickr user Joe Wolf.

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  • BAYA Sketch Tour Day

    Committee

    BAYA Sketch Tour Day

    A relaxing way to jump-start the weekend. We will begin the day grabbing coffee and some pastry at Caffe Greco in Little Italy and slowly make our way through the streets sketching people, nature and the urban environment. Eventually we may wander over to a cafe or park to share our sketches and just chat.

    If you're interested in joining us, here are a few good items to bring with you:

    • Sketch Pad/ paper
    • Sketch medium (pencil, pen, watercolor ...

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  • Generational Perspectives: Culture

    Lecture

    Generational Perspectives: Culture

    Part two of three.

    This three-part series presents a multigenerational panel of designers as they discuss topics that reflect the shifting architectural and cultural landscape of the region. Join us for a conversation about how decades of commercial, civic and institutional work across the Bay Area has created an energy that has shined a spotlight on struggle, infused our neighborhoods with life and has been awarded national attention. Co-presented by Bay Area Young Architects.

    Image courtesy Sergio Ruiz.

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  • Generational Perspectives: Urban

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    Generational Perspectives: Urban

    Part one of three

    This three-part series presents a multi-generational panel of designers as they discuss topics that reflect the shifting architectural and cultural landscape of the region. Join us for an exploration of how generations of urban morphology, infrastructure and landscape efforts have transformed the Bay Area, and how this work will continue to shape our lives over the next century. Co-presented by Bay Area Young Architects.

    Image courtesy Sergio Ruiz

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  • Tour

    BAYA: JUNE FIRM TOUR | SOM

    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a tour of the firm, a brief presentation, and networking, followed by a social at a nearby bar.


    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, with a 79-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research ...

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  • What's Next? Alternative Paths in Architecture

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    What's Next? Alternative Paths in Architecture

    Architectural education has always attracted those from a diversity of backgrounds. Graduate School admissions attempt to maintain a balanced ratio of individuals with a background in architecture and those with none at all. This diversity leads to an educational environment which generates dynamic creative thinking, and many who leave architecture see the world has a highly fecund place for opportunity, not just within architecture. The What’s Next: Alternative Paths in Architecture event aims to reveal the many opportunities which ...

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  • Featured Tour

    BAYA Firm Tour: Handel Architects


    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a firm tour, a brief presentation, and networking complemented by some light snack and drinks.

    Handel Architects is proud to host BAYA's monthly firm tour in May! We invite members of the Bay Area Young Architects to come visit our office and learn more about our practice. We will be sharing with you our numerous award-winning projects as well a collection of stories of our project practices as well as our member's ...

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  • BAYA April Firm Tour | Perkins + Will

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    BAYA April Firm Tour | Perkins + Will

    Join Bay Area Young Architects for a firm tour, a brief presentation, and networking complemented by some light snacks and drinks.

    In 2015, Fast Company ranked Perkins+Will among “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.” The San Francisco Bay Area office is proud of our distinguished history and portfolio of diverse award-winning projects throughout the region, across the nation and around the world. Having designed some of the Bay Area's most transformative projects, we are ...

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  • BAYA March Firm Tour: Walker Warner Architects

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    BAYA March Firm Tour: Walker Warner Architects

    Walker Warner Architects welcomes members of BAYA to our office to enjoy some refreshments and small bites. We’ll do a lap around our studio and then speak a little about our recently completed projects and provide a sneak peak of what we currently have on the boards. We’ll describe our process and the roles of project team members during the different phases of a typical project. The size of our studio is somewhat limited, so we ask that ...

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  • BAYA: Emerging Technologies in Architecture

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    BAYA: Emerging Technologies in Architecture

    Come join BAYA for our February Panel Event where we will explore the emerging technologies changing the way we work in architecture. This event will be held at HKS, Inc. and will feature presentations from 3 innovative leaders in the industry. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.


    Heath May | Director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration (HKS LINE) | Biosemiotic Encoding
    Heath is an architect with 10 years of professional experience including commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare, he is ...

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  • BAYA January Firm Tour: William Duff Architects

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    BAYA January Firm Tour: William Duff Architects

    William Duff Architects is passionate about serving clients through the creation of innovative, sustainable architecture delivered through excellent project management. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation in residential, retail, restaurant, and commercial projects. Built around creativity, collaboration, and communication WDA’s practice is dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals.

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  • BAYA Presents: Equity By Design (1.5 LUs)

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    BAYA Presents: Equity By Design (1.5 LUs)

    Join Rosa Sheng and Lilian Asperin Clyman of The Missing 32% Project for a presentation on equality and quality in the profession. The presentation will cover some of the key findings from the 2014 Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! symposium, early results of the Equity in Architecture Survey, and why it's so important that we change the way our profession works. Following the presentation, we will have an open discussion about equity in architecture.


    More on the Missing ...

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  • BAYA 2014 Holiday + Appreciation Party

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    BAYA 2014 Holiday + Appreciation Party

    Come join the Bay Area Young Architects at the Steelcase showroom in SOMA as we say thank you to all the firms and sponsors that helped make 2014 amazing. In addition, we will be introducing the 2015 BAYA Officers and will be celebrating those who recently became licensed this year. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

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  • BAYA November Firm Tour + Elections at WRNS Studio

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    BAYA November Firm Tour + Elections at WRNS Studio

    WRNS Studio is a 70-person architectural firm headquartered in San Francisco. We help create places for work, play, education, transit, and civic engagement. This diversity sets us apart: we bring to each new project a point of view informed by all of the other work in which we engage, resulting in fresh ideas that push our clients and ourselves to imagine what’s possible. Place, mission, context, technical innovation and resource conservation compel our every move.

    WRNS has been honored ...

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  • Featured Committee

    SOLD OUT: Oktoberfest


    Come join BAYA, SEAONC, YMF, and ASCE for our annual Oktoberfest party!

    Connect with good friends and leading vendors in the ACE industry while enjoying beer from Ale Industries and food from Bi-Rite catering. World-class venue, great food and drink, exciting products, 3D printer, sponsor raffle, and more. It's going to be a great night!


    Oktoberfest Sponsors:

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  • BAYA August Firm Tour: Steinberg Architects

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    BAYA August Firm Tour: Steinberg Architects

    BAYA is having their monthly firm tour on Thursday, August 21st at 6:30 pm. The firm tour will be at Steinberg Architects.

    Steinberg Architects is a third-generation architectural firm founded in Silicon Valley with offices throughout California and China, which blends sustainable initiatives with a thoughtful, innovative approach to design. With a focus in public interest, education and urban mixed-use projects, we create environments that Sculpt Space and Shape Life.

    We pay unique attention to the interstitial spaces between ...

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  • BAYA July Firm Tour: Office of Charles Bloszies

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    BAYA July Firm Tour: Office of Charles Bloszies

    The Office of Charles F Bloszies is a highly specialized firm engaged in urban infill design. Our work is at the forefront of the emerging trend to repurpose existing buildings rather than tear down and rebuild anew. We fuse refined modern forms onto and into existing structures of all types and ages. Our projects are mostly in San Francisco on highly visible sites.

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  • BAYA Presents (SOLD OUT)

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    BAYA Presents (SOLD OUT)

    Please join BAYA and KNOLL to learn how design professionals are shaping the profession from a diverse lineup of speakers giving brief presentations on a broad range of interests. From how contemporary San Francisco’s streetscapes and urban interiors are being rethought, to how designing can be enhanced through photography and writing, as well as why NCARB is yet again evolving what it means to get your license.

    This even is SOLD OUT, but a WAITLIST has been created on ...

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  • BAYA May Firm Tour at STUDIOS Architecture

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    BAYA May Firm Tour at STUDIOS Architecture

    BAYA is having their monthly firm tour on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30PM.
    The firm tour will be at STUDIOS Architecture

    STUDIOS Architecture is an international design firm that was founded in 1985 in San Francisco, California. The firm provides architecture, master planning, interior design, environmental graphic design and strategic consulting services on commercial, mixed-use, civic, and institutional projects around the world.

    Notice to all BAYA Members:
    Due to the high volume of attendees, we will be closing the ...

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