Late Fall 2011 Classes

Class Location: Strawberry Creek Design Center in Berkeley

1250 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94702

www.strawberrycreekonline.com

Two blocks west of Sacramento Street and one block south of University Avenue.  Five blocks to the North Berkeley BART Station.





REDUCED TUITION FOR LATE FALL 2011 SEMESTER

While other schools increase their tuitions and add-on fees to historic highs, SFIA always manages costs carefully and reduces tuitions even further whenever our expenses allow.

Our budget for the Late Fall 2011 Semester allows us to reduce tuition to the lowest level ever.  So take advantage of these low fees while you can, and enroll by November 11.

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ALL NEW:
PROFESSIONAL DESIGN PRACTICE
“SHORT- COURSE” CLASSES

Lessons from the finest architectural offices and creative design institutions of our time.

The instructor, Fred Stitt, Architect, Founder/Director of SFIA, has written extensively and lectured on these topics to thousands of architects and other professionals across the U.S.  Each short course includes a 1½ hour lecture and 1-2 hours of reading follow up.

The information is the most advanced on these topics that you’ll find anywhere, and If you put to use, it will be a life-changing experience.

Only $50 per class ($260 for all 6 classes).  You will earn one unit of SFIA academic credit for each class, on completion of a written assignment.



SIX “SHORT-COURSE” CLASSES
ON PROFESSIONAL DESIGN PRACTICE

ADV-1
EXPERT TIME MANAGEMENT

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

A small number of informed professionals are able to get twice as much done, and subsequently double their incomes.   Here’s what they do and how they do it.

ADV-2
ADVANCED PROBLEM-SOLVING METHODS

Monday, November 21, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Professionals are hired to solve problems.   But not all problems respond to the same methodologies.  This course shows the best methods to use and exactly which kinds of problems to use them on.  An incredibly valuable set of tools for you to apply in any aspect of your life and work.

ADV-3
STARTING A NEW DESIGN PRACTICE: FINDING THE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Most new design firms fail in their first or second year, usually at great financial and emotional cost.  This course explains the most common errors and the great opportunities open to those who get it right.

ADV-4
MANAGING A NEW DESIGN PRACTICE: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

Monday, December 5, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

New offices sometimes get off to a great start — good clients, good projects, good employees — then at some point big problems come along.  Here are real-life case study examples of how to prevent problems — and how to catch and cure them quickly when they do come up.

ADV- 5
BRAIN MANAGEMENT AND CREATIVE CONSCIOUSNESS

Monday, December 12, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

A remarkable course on how to enhance your mental processes well beyond the norm.  It’s now well understood that the brain is not one organ; it’s
a cluster of organs that evolved for different functions, and when they’re not used properly or used in concert, you don’t think well, solve problems well,
or function well.  The latest solid brain research is truly astonishing and can change the way you think — and how you think of yourself — for the rest of your life.

ADV-6
CAUSES AND PREVENTION OF BUILDING FAILURES

Monday, December 19, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

You don’t hear much about it, but building failures are epidemic.  This short-course class reveals the somber realities and why the great numbers of failures are due to a few clearly preventable causes.  The subject is building disasters, but the lessons learned have many applications throughout work and life.

$50 PER CLASS OR $260 FOR THE ENTIRE SIX-CLASS PROGRAM.



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SIX-WEEK CLASSES
ON DESIGN AND DESIGN MEDIA

D-6
HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF NATURE-BASED DESIGN METHODS

Mondays, 8:00 – 9:00+ p.m. Class starts November 14, 2011.
3-unit classes: $200 credit, $100 noncredit for enrollment through Nov. 11.
$350 credit, $200 noncredit for enrollment after Nov. 11.
Instructor: Fred Stitt, Architect, Founder/Director, SFIA

The earliest-known concepts of nature-based design and aesthetic harmony were created in Egypt nearly 5,000 years ago.  The Greeks then learned from the Egyptians, adding their own aesthetic discoveries. The Greeks taught the Romans, and Early Christian and Islamic architecture followed suit.  Asian architecture followed a similar ancestry, with many Indian, Chinese, and Japanese design systems, also deriving from nature.  Gothic cathedral architecture — a direct descendent of Islamic culture — in turn inspired modern-day leaders of organic and nature-based architecture.

This class presents an historic panorama of the beauty and principles behind universal aesthetic expression and experience — priceless information for those who want to understand the sources of his or her own natural aesthetic inspirations.

About the instructor:

Fred Stitt, Architect, Founder/Director of SFIA, has been compiling records of historic buildings for over 25 years and has traveled the world to document his research.  He draws on a massive collection of architecture images, to allow students to see architecture as they’ve never seen it before — and especially to see and understand the mental processes and nature-based principles used to create that architecture.

D-11
SKETCH JOURNAL DRAWING

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00+ p.m. Class starts November 15, 2011.
3-unit classes: $200 credit, $100 noncredit for enrollment through Nov. 11.
$350 credit, $200 noncredit for enrollment after Nov. 11.
Instructor: Jon Larson, LEED AP, Build It Green-Certified, GreenPoint Rated architect, and much-published artist.

Learn architectural drawing by integrating your personal, everyday life with art.  Inspire and develop your drawing and artistic skills in a supportive environment for widening creative expression, while developing the ability to “see,” by keeping a sketch journal.   Artists and architects throughout history have kept visual journals of favorite designs, images and ideas, as a way to remember, understand and grow.  This class is intended to complement other SFIA architecture classes.

Topics include:

• Your basic graphic toolbox; tips on materials to best fit your needs.

• 3-D; bringing life to plans and elevations with graphics; a friendly
intro to perspective in everyday life.

• Tones, composition and rendering; doing less for more effect.

• Color and media — from wild to meditative.

• Communicating mood and sense of place.

• Biophilic art; design lessons from nature, including the study of
growth and metamorphosis.

About the instructor:

Jon Larson, architect, illustrator, painter, has taught architectural sketching at the Building Education Center in Berkeley for over 20 years.  He is Build It Green-Certified, a LEED AP, and a Green Point Rater.  He has also taught art classes throughout the Bay Area, lectured on “Art in Everyday Life,” and taught drawing at the Waldorf School in Berkeley.  His book and magazine illustrations have been published nationally, and his artwork has been exhibited in several galleries throughout the Bay Area.  Over the last 25 years, he has kept sketchbooks on his travels throughout Europe and the U.S., which he uses as a source of inspiration. Other projects have included illustrations for a deck of creativity cards for generating new ideas, inspired by Brian Eno’s “Oblique Strategies.”  As an accomplished musician, he has created a slide show of his dream images, set to music.

E-180
GREYWATER REUSE, RAINWATER CAPTURE, AND ECOLOGICAL SANITATION

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00+ p.m. Class starts November 16, 2011.
3-unit classes: $200 credit, $100 noncredit for enrollment through Nov. 11.
$350 credit, $200 noncredit for enrollment after Nov. 11.
Instructor: Laura Allen, Greywater Action.

Drinkable water on our planet constitutes less than 1% of all available water.   In the years ahead, it will have to be conserved on a local scale and collected building by building, to avoid catastrophic consequences. Meanwhile, it’s a practical economic benefit for buildings to go “off the pipeline,” in terms of water supply, just as many are going “off the grid” to generate their own electricity.

About the instructor:

Laura Allen, a founding member of Greywater Action, has spent a decade exploring low-tech, urban, sustainable water solutions.  She has a BA in Environmental Science, a teaching credential, and a Masters in Education from New College of California.  She is coeditor of the anthology, Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.  Laura leads classes and workshops on the urban ecological sanitation technologies of rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and composting toilets.  Laura also works with the Greywater Alliance to help remove institutional barriers to sustainable water use.  In 2009, Greywater Action joined with a water organization called “A Single Drop,” to connect international clean water work with U.S. hands-on water conservation strategies.  A Single Drop is the fiscal sponsor of Greywater Action (www.greywateraction.org).



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Science Center for Fresno, California by SFIA graduate, Arthur Dyson, Architect.


Classes are held at the Strawberry Creek Design Center in Berkeley.
All are welcome to enroll.


SFIA Information Office: info@sfia.net.

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ENROLLMENT FORM SFIA LATE FALL 2011 SEMESTER CLASSES (NOVEMBER-DECEMBER)

The semester starts Monday, November 14, 2011 and ends December 21.

3-unit classes: $200 credit, $100 noncredit for enrollment through Nov. 11.
$350 credit, $200 noncredit for enrollment after Nov. 11.

Note: Noncredit can be converted to credit at any time by submitting course work and paying the tuition balance.  Classes taken for credit cannot be changed to noncredit later.

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Degree Candidate for:
__ Master of Architecture Degree
__ Master of Ecological Design Degree
__ Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree
__ Bachelor of Science in Ecological Design Degree
__ Associate Arts Degree and Technical Certificate in Architecture
__ Associate Arts Degree and Technical Certificate in Ecological Design

Note: Students can change candidacy at any time.

LATE FALL 2011 SEMESTER CLASS LIST

“SHORT-COURSE” CLASSES
ON PROFESSIONAL DESIGN PRACTICE

ADV-series classes one through six. $50 each or $260 for all six classes.
1 unit credit for each class with completion of a written assignment.

__ ADV-1 EXPERT TIME MANAGEMENT
One class only, Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

__ ADV-2 ADVANCED PROBLEM-SOLVING METHODS
One class only, Monday, November 21, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

__ ADV-3 STARTING A NEW DESIGN PRACTICE:
FINDING THE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES
One class only, Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

__ ADV-4 MANAGING A NEW DESIGN PRACTICE:
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
One class only, Monday, December 5, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

__ ADV- 5 BRAIN MANAGEMENT AND CREATIVE CONSCIOUSNESS
One class only, Monday, December 12, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

__ ADV-6 CAUSES AND PREVENTION OF BUILDING FAILURES
One class only, Monday, December 19, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

$50 per class or $260 for the entire six-course program.

SIX-WEEK CLASSES
ON DESIGN AND DESIGN MEDIA

Note if credit or noncredit (CR/NC)

CR NC

__ __ D-6 HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF NATURE-BASED
DESIGN METHODS
Mondays, 8:00 – 9:00+ p.m. Class starts November 14, 2011.
3-units: $200 credit, $100 noncredit for enrollment through Nov. 11.
$350 credit, $200 noncredit for enrollment after Nov. 11.

__ __ D-11 SKETCH JOURNAL DRAWING
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00+ p.m. Class starts, November 15, 2011.
3-units: $200 credit, $100 noncredit for enrollment through Nov. 11.
$350 credit, $200 noncredit for enrollment after Nov. 11.

__ __ E-180 GREYWATER REUSE, RAINWATER CAPTURE,
AND ECOLOGICAL SANITATION
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00+ p.m. Class starts November 16, 2011.
3-units: $200 credit, $100 noncredit for enrollment through Nov. 11.
$350 credit, $200 noncredit for enrollment after Nov. 11.

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