Events Calendar

BAHA Events

Holy Hill: Then and Now

A guided walking tour led by Daniella Thompson

Saturday, 29 October 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 5 November 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 12 November 2016     TOUR FULL
10 am–12:00 pm

Free admission; limited space

“Holy Hill” holds a unique place on Berkeley’s Northside. Once an exclusive residential enclave for the likes of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, and John Galen Howard, the hilltop emerged from the ashes of the 1923 Fire as a haven for religious schools and their collection of architecturally distinctive buildings.

Now this tranquil area is facing another transformation, as the Pacific School of Religion prepares to turn most of its historic hilltop campus into a large retirement community, planning to demolish 17 buildings in the process.

On this walking tour, we will explore the history of Holy Hill from its 19th-century roots, through the post-fire rebuilding, to the challenges of today.

Courtesy of Anthony Bruce

Admission is free, but space is limited. If you plan to attend, please register via e-mail to Registrants will be notified of starting point by e-mail. Tour terrain is hilly and not wheelchair-friendly.


Other Events

Berggruen House, designed by Fernau & Hartman

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design

All lectures will begin at 7:30 pm at the Berkeley City Club.

Full series, $50advance purchase only
Individual lectures, $15advance purchase or at the door

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting and inspiring lecture series this fall. The four architects featured in the series are leaders in promoting sustainability, historic revitalization, and urban planning.

Thursday, 22 September 2016
Designing Cities, a Global Challenge
Ellen Lou/SOM

Ellen Lou’s lecture will focus on the global challenge in cities, the explosive growth in urbanization, economic contribution of cities, environmental issues, and trends. She will be using domestic and international case studies to discuss these issues. Lou is the Director of Urban Design and Practice at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco.

Thursday, 13 October 2016
Inside/Out, Outside/In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects
Laura Hartman/Fernau & Hartman

Hartman will unravel one of the threads that runs through her firm’s work: the exploration of the relation between buildings and landscape, at different scales and in difference places. She will focus on what the firm has learned from working with different sites, and on designing to encourage inhabitants to engage with the world around them. Hartman has worked closely in long-term relationships with diverse client groups, including Co-Housing for the Cheesecake Consortium, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, and CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo, skillfully accommodating and mediating the multiple voices of her clients.

Thursday, 27 October 2016
Architecture as a Catalyst for Change
Marsha Maytum/Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Marsha Maytum will describe her firm’s work in architecture as a catalyst for change. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects of San Francisco has designed new buildings and the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of existing structures. Projects include the Sweetwater Spectrum Community, a housing project for adults with autism; the conversion of an historic army fort into a resort at Cavallo Point in Sausalito; and the conversion of a former army hospital at the Presidio into the Thoreau Center for Sustainability.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Design Intent
Allison Williams/AECOM

Allison Williams is design director for AECOM’s Bay Area Metro Region. Her projects include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Facility; the August Wilson Center, a performing arts center in Pittsburgh PA; CREATE at the National University of Singapore; the new Calexico US Port of Entry; and the Princess Nora Abdulrahman University Health Sciences and Research Campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (for 40,000 Islamic Women).


Oakland Heritage Alliance Fall Events

Visit the Oakland Heritage Alliance website for the fall schedule of events.


Free Guided Tours of the Oakland Museum

Founded in 1971, the Council on Architecture at the Oakland Museum of California supports the museum and celebrates its exceptional architecture. Its members are interested in promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the built environment through architectural tours, exhibits, and lectures.

On the first Sunday of each month, at 1 pm, members of the Council on Architecture lead tours featuring the museum’s architecture and gardens. There’s much to talk about with the exciting enhancements to the building by Mark Cavagnero Associates.

For additional information, call Sandra Coleman, (510) 451-6796.


Guided Tours of the Paramount Theatre

Public tours of the Paramount Theatre are given on the first and third Saturdays of each month, excluding holidays and holiday weekends. No reservations are necessary. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am at the Box Office entrance on 21st Street near Broadway. The tour lasts about 2 hours and provides a full and informative view of the Theatre. Cameras are allowed. Admission is $5.00 per person. Children must be at least 10 years old, and adult chaperones are required. Please note that some areas of the tour are not wheelchair accessible.


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