Experience the best of San Francisco CSI hospitality! We gather to learn, make new connections and strengthen relationships in the AEC community.
Hosted Cocktail Reception & Product Show - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Meet friends and colleagues. Connect with your Bay Area representatives for the latest in design and construction products. Mingle with the exhibiting sponsors and AEC community and enjoy complimentary appetizers and hosted refreshments.
You will be greeted by the regal, red-suited beefeater doorman extending a warm welcome in front of the grande dame of Union Square's boutique hotels; The Sir Francis Drake. Its Renaissance-influenced architecture creates a distinctive, comfortable ambiance, paired with a very gracious and dedicated staff.
DInner - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Keynote Panel Discussion:
Environmental resilience and cutting-edge issues in the Bay Area
The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge was a yearlong collaborative design challenge that brought together local residents, public officials and local, national and international experts to develop innovative, community-based solutions that will strengthen the Bay Area’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. Hear from the co-founder and Chair of the Board for the project along with the leader of the Bionic team and the Elevate San Rafael project. Our distinguished panel includes Allison Brooks, Executive Director, BARC; Marcel Wilson, Founding Principal and Design Director for Bionic Landscape.
About our Speakers:
is Executive Director of Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC), helping to coordinate regional planning efforts of the Bay Area’s four regional agencies with a primary focus on aligning climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The agencies include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Prior to joining BARC, Allison led the national organization Reconnecting America, where she helped develop data-driven and interdisciplinary solutions to better integrate transportation and land use to meet broader climate, social equity and economic goals in metro areas across the United States, and across federal agencies. Allison has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Masters in Sustainable International Development from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Marcel Wilson founded Bionic on the belief that every project offers the possibility of invention. He is a recognized leader and voice in the transformation of cities and landscapes. And he has demonstrated the potential of landscape as an inventive medium in a broad spectrum of project types including workplaces, public space, high rises, and infrastructure. As design director, Marcel leads the design of the firm’s projects with an inventive spirit and personal investment. He is an agile and inventive designer. A skilled and inspiring communicator. And a talented collaborator and strategist on projects at all scales and levels of complexity. Marcel brings repeat experience in guiding challenging projects through design processes in large organizations and the public. In these realms he has demonstrated the ability to communicate complex issues and concepts, and channel input and aspirations into the design process. This unique ability keeps large projects moving, benefiting our clients and compounding value.
Under his leadership Bionic has risen to the cutting edge of the profession through significant commissions for Linked-In, Google, Genentech, and Zeiss. At the city scale he is leading the design of the public realm for the City of Sunnyvale and India Basin in San Francisco. And the firm has won multiple international design competitions including Fort Mason Center Public Realm, The Adobe Creek Bridge in Palo Alto, and The Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge. Under Marcel’s leadership Bionic has been distinguished by numerous publications including Fast Company, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Dwell, SF Chronicle, and the Harvard Design Magazine. In 2012 Bionic was nominated for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award.