Cultural Influences in Architecture

Tuesday, October 30 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Flexform, 145 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco [MAP]

$15 (AIASF Member); $25 (General Admission)

Join us for a panel discussion featuring some of the leading industry professionals who will explore how they bring their own cultural references and design philosophies to projects that impact the spaces they create and how clients respond to this approach. Moderated by Mary Jo Bowling, San Francisco Home Editor, Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. In conversation with David Darling, AIA, IIDA, Aidlin Darling Design; Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, RIBA, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects; Maura Fernández Abernethy,  Studio VARA; Daniel Piechota, Piechota Architecture. Cocktail reception to follow.



Mary Jo Bowling, Homes Editor, Luxe Interiors + Designs (Colorado/San Francisco)
Mary Jo has written and edited articles for publications including Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens and California Home+Design, as well as for online platforms, such as Houzz and Curbed. The result of years of exposure to dramatic before-and-after home stories has made her an inveterate remodeler, and she has tackled transformations ranging from a Victorian-era home to a century-old barn.

David Darling, AIA, IIDA, Founding Principal, Aidlin Darling Design 
David is a founding principal of Aidlin Darling Design, a multi-disciplinary practice formed with Joshua Aidlin in 1997. Founded on a closely held conviction that design can engage all of the senses, his work has pursued an interest in the connection between food, art, and design. Recent work includes the restaurant In Situ at SFMOMA, the 3 Michelin-starred Benu in San Francisco, the Windhover Contemplative Center at Stanford University, a 160,000-sf LEED Gold craft brewery in San Leandro, and several wineries that push the boundaries of sustainability in agriculture and architecture.

Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, RIBA, Founding Partner, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Steven was the recipient of the 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award. The jury recognized the firm for “fluidly melding classic California Modernist style with multicultural and vernacular design elements by including marginalized design languages and traditions.” The practice’s signature approach known as “Multicultural Modernism” creates meaningful architecture through environmentally conscious designs, cultural meaning and advances in technology and materials. 

Maura Fernández Abernethy, Principal, Studio VARA

Maura Fernández Abernethy has been specializing in residential architecture for over twenty years.  Maura has worked at a variety of scales but has found that her passion is truly in the fine details. Her approach to architecture is informed by her love of craft and art and by working from the inside out. Maura has extensive experience in designing, fabricating and working directly with artisans. After having lived and practiced in five metropolitan cities during her career: Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Barcelona, and San Francisco, she has amassed experience with a range of scales and typologies. Maura holds a BArch from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. 

Daniel Piechota, Founding Principal, Piechota Architecture

Daniel is founding principal of Piechota Architecture, a boutique residential and hospitality design firm located in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. Originally founded with artist and designer Loring Sagan, the firm has completed work throughout Northern California, with projects including spectacular cliffside residences, stylish urban coffee kiosks, and recently, the Silver Oak Cellars Winery and Tasting Room in Alexander Valley. Daniel earned his BArch at Cal Poly, studied design in Denmark, and spent a year working as a carpenter on the Price Residence. 


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