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AIASF Committees: Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

BACKGROUND

AIASF has supported public policy and advocacy work for many years and in many formats.  This latest incarnation, PPAC, evolved out of long-standing concerns many AIASF members and their constituencies have had with SF Planning Department policies and design review procedures.  During 2015 -2016, AIASF established a joint Working Group between SF Planning and AIASF that included a small cohort of activist architects committed to meeting every two months with the Director of Current Planning (Jeff Joslin) and other staff, for a series of discussion sessions on the topics of residential design review, historic review procedures, and urban design guidelines. 

 

In 2016-2017, this small group expanded its membership and focus with the creation of the Steering Committee of the newly founded AIASF Public Policy + Advocacy Committee (PPAC).  This group continued to work with the Planning Department while also developing a Strategic Plan for its second year focused on Short- and Long-Range Advocacy programming.  (In addition, a separate, non-AIASF sponsored advocacy organization, Design Advocacy Group (DAG_SF) was established and issued a series of Opinion Papers).  PPAC also works closely with the AIASF Small Firms Group and reports back to them regularly.

 

In 2017-2018, the PPAC Steering Committee is expanding and will begin initiating programming.  Half of the year’s PPAC meetings will be devoted to SF Planning Department issues with Maia Small and/or Jeff Joslin as well as invited additional Planning staff.  This agenda includes Historic Review Procedures, Residential Design Review Procedures, and the upcoming Residential Design Guidelines review.  The remainder of our meetings will focus on short- and long-range advocacy programming.

 

 

PROGRESS

The establishment of more formal lines of communication between AIASF and SF Planning has built a strong basis from which to advocate for change. The first year and a half of our work was marked by open, respectful, but at times vocal and contentious debate about the rate and format for meaningful change.  Despite significant agreement about the problems with then current residential design review and the Residential Design Team, instituting change appeared elusive at times.

 

By spring 2017 however, with the promotion of Maia Small to oversee design procedures, significant progress towards our goals came quickly.  This includes a major reorganization of both the former RDT staffing as well as revised procedures before, during, and after Planning Department review.  Based on this success, we look forward to deepening the relationship between SF Planning and AIASF, especially with the upcoming Residential Design Guidelines revisions anticipated for Spring, 2018.  For more information please see: (Press Release TBD)

MEETING TIMES:

2016-2018 Steering Committee Member meetings TBD

2018-2019 Open Membership Call

 


LEADERSHIP

2017 - 2018 AIASF PPAC Steering Committee

Neal J.Z. Schwartz, AIA, Schwartz and Architecture (PPAC Chair)

David Gast, AIA, Gast Architects (PPAC Co-Chair)

Michael Robbins, AIA, Studio Robbins Cortina (PPAC Co-Chair)

Lisa Iwamoto, AIA, IwamotoScott Architecture

Jennifer Jones, AIASF Executive Director 

Hulett Jones, AIA, jones | haydu

Michelle Kriebel, Lundberg Design

Ross Levy, AIA, Levy Art + Architecture

John Maniscalco, AIA, John Maniscalco Architecture

Luke Ogrydziak, AIA, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

Karin Payson, AIA, Karin Payson architecture + design

Jim Zack, AIA, Zack de Vito

Maura Abernathy, Studio VARA

Joshua Aidlin, Aidlin Darling Design (Emeritus)


Neal J.Z. Schwartz, AIA
info@schwartzandarchitecture.com
Chair