Fall 2008

New six-week classes start the week of September 29, 2008.

Nature-based architecture and green building have never been more urgently needed and widely accepted than they are now. Join the wave.


3 units. 6 weeks. 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Starts Monday, September 29.
Instructor: Claire Kellerman, KLARITY EcoArts Workshops

Claire Kellerman of KLARITY EcoArts Workshops; Founder & Director, Maui Permaculture Network; apprenticed with Nader Khalili of The California Institute of Earth Arts & Architecture (CalEarth) since 1993; and a certified Permaculture Designer through The Permaculture Institute of Northern California. Claire has traveled extensively as a writer/photographer, teaching, and learning to bring Permaculture Design mainstream.
Topics include:
• Introduction to Permaculture Design, a slide show of world- wide applications, including living systems of bioremediation, composting toilets, living machines, alternative construction methods, intentional communities, global eco-community network, regenerative design in businesses and eco-education.
• Permaculture Principles and Ethics. Circle discussion, visualizing, and supportive actions outlined.
• Lessons from CalEarth and alternative construction. Slide show of “Super Adobe” buildings, from elegant homes, to emergency shelters and hot tubs.
• Integrating earth architecture and Permaculture — home and nature as one. Circle discussion.
• Current state of the art, applications related to self sufficient living rural, suburban, and urban. Permaculture Design Site Analysis checklist.

3 units. 6 weeks. 8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Starts Monday, September 29.
Instructor: Craig Henritzy, Architect, artist, and expert on Native American buildings and the lessons they have to teach. (www.henritzy.com)

This design studio explores a wide range of Native American building traditions, principles of sustainable design, and the creative design process.
Topics include:
• Principles of organic architectural planning.
• Design for site and climate: Native American construction methods.
• Systematic analysis systems for controlled passive solar design.
• Native astronomical alignment and solar path analysis.
• Solar orientation and dynamic design for the seasons’ climate conditions, day and night.
• Alternative construction materials such as Rastra.
• Developing a “green” plumbing plan.
• Berkeley City Center proposal, Ohlone Indian Center Eco Resort in Guatemala, based on Mayan designs.
Also includes insights on the nuts-and-bolts practical issues of running a green-oriented architecture practice in the Bay Area.


DE 310
6 units. 6 weeks. 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Starts Tuesday, September 30.
Instructor: Dr. Eugene Tsui, Architect

Dr. Eugene Tsui, Architect and author of the ground-breaking book, Evolutionary Architecture (and other books), on his visionary architecture. This is a rare opportunity to study with the most forward thinking, green architect of our time. An extended, intensive design studio experience unlike any other.
Topics include:
• Global catastrophic damage from not designing with nature.
• Lessons in design and engineering from millions of years of evolution.
• Understanding and using biomimicry.
• Designing as if you were nature.
• The methods behind today’s most forward thinking design projects.
• Nature-based design logic.
Eugene Tsui is one of the most widely published and sought after architectural speakers of our time. Dr. Tsui lives and works his creative vision like no one else on the planet, profoundly influencing thousands of architects and students on every continent.


3 units. 6 weeks. 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Starts Wednesday, October 1.
Instructor: Dave Deppen, Architect

Dave Deppen has worked with pioneering Eco Design luminaries such as Malcolm Wells and Sim Van der Ryn. He has pioneered an extraordinary nature-sensitive approach to fully understanding and working with any location’s site, sun, and climate conditions.
Topics include:
• How to fully understand and “feel” solar orientation.
• Learning from the history of the land.
• Understanding land as a living organism.
• Raising your capacity for observation and conscious awareness.
• Methods of Native American trackers.
• How to interview and learn from those who know your building site best.
• Finding and using little-known, invaluable sources of site information.
This class also includes the bonus of a wealth of background on Bay Area history, climate, biology, and ecology.

3 units. 6 weeks. 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Starts Wednesday, October 1.

Instructor: Fred Stitt, Architect; Director, SFIA.
This course has been presented as a workshop to architects in every major city in the U.S. It is the most comprehensive introduction and overview of green building design, construction and alternative environmental and energy systems to be found anywhere.
Topics include:
• Many emerging green building career opportunities.
• The full menu of alternative materials and construction methods.
• Natural and free lighting, heating, and cooling.
• Building integrated power systems.
• Free electricity.
• Harvesting wind and rain.
• Bioremediation & site remediation.
• Creating completely self-sufficient buildings that produce surplus energy to sell and to power cars and trucks, process waste and sewage, remove pollutants, add oxygen to the air, improve human health, and enhance the natural environment.
Also includes numerous up-to-the-minute case studies of today’s greatest innovations and advances in green building.


3 units. 6 weeks. 6:30 p.m. – 8:00+ p.m.
Students may stay later for lab practice.
Starts Thursday, October 2.
Instructor: Dave Weir.

A comprehensive introduction to the lowest-cost and easiest- to-use architecture computer modeling program. SketchUp is now the leading medium for architectural perspective renderings and presentation drawings. Software can be downloaded at no cost. Bring your own laptop (required).