Date and Time:

May 13, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Los Altos CA

Come see a fully custom, newly built residential project that is nearing construction completion. Hear about the design concept, project evolution, highlights, learnings, and other interesting details from the perspective of the architect, contractor, and the homeowner.

Ogawa Fisher Architects has over 20 years of experience successfully executing detail-oriented projects. The firm uses a modern design language to form spaces that are warm, joyful, light-filled, and timeless: a backdrop on which personal and intimate moments can unfold. Their process is anchored by a thoughtful schematic design process, continues through design development and documentation, and is brought to life through hands-on construction observation. As a diverse and international design team, they find inspiration in nature, art, music, good design, beautiful objects, humor, and delicious food.

Combining a passion for craftsmanship with a proven, collaborative process, MN Builders is the relationship-driven, employee-owned building firm that can transform your vision into an environment that is as precisely designed and executed as it is well-loved.

Guest Speakers:
Hiromi Ogawa, Ogawa Fisher Architects
Rich Robb and Burak Kasapoglu, MN Builders
Jason Mendez and Clotilde Gres, Homeowners

Street parking is available in the neighborhood
Coffee and pastries will be provided at the beginning of the tour, but no food or drink will be allowed inside the building
No shoes allowed inside the building (socks ok, or please use booties which will be available on-site)

1.5 HSW LUs Approved

Learning Objectives:  

Participants will be able to engage with all parties of the Owner-Architect-Contractor team through an intimate guided tour of the home.

Through the tour, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the owner, architect, and contractor on a project. Recognize the importance of clear communication and effective collaboration between the owner, architect, and contractor during all phases of a project, including pre-design, design, construction, and post-construction.
  2. Assess the project site constraints and design opportunities identified in the analysis and planning. Discuss how the architect balanced the owner’s short and long-term goals and managed changes to the project scope.
  3. Explore use of application of various building materials and building construction methods including board-formed concrete, architectural metals, and custom finishes. Explain how factors such as durability, maintenance, environmental impact, performance, and aesthetics were taken into consideration during the materials selection process to create a cohesive design.
  4. Evaluate efficiencies in the building systems and technologies incorporated in the design, including the use of renewable energy systems (PVs).

$15 for members
$20 for non-members
Free for students with valid ID