SF Waldorf School: Architecture Class Press Release

May 6, 2014 History of Architecture Class
Peggy Fok, teacher   Wendy Bertrand, architect and guest speaker

History of Architecture Class

History of Architecture Class photo by Niles and Miranda

San Francisco Experts in Sustainable Design Share their Vision with the Next Generation Unique High School Program Connects Students with Leading Local Voices and the Power of Place ! San Francisco – A renowned group of San Francisco architects, authors, and sustainability experts will anchor a unique three-day educational program this week that connects graduating high school seniors with the structures, systems, and environment of their City!

The students are from San Francisco Waldorf High School’s History of Architecture class, one of several required courses designed to help seniors understand their emerging place in the world. Featured speakers include Wendy Bertrand, architect and author of the award-winning memoir, Enamored with Place, and Eric Corey Freed, founder of organicARCHITECT and expert in biomimicry architecture, a design discipline that relies on nature’s patterning and strategies to guide sustainability. !

Noted Freed: “We’ve left this world a mess for the next generation, so the very least we can do is to help motivate and inspire young people to work toward making the world a better place. I am excited to see what they come up with!

Program Itinerary: Please contact SFWS if you would like to attend any of the events below !

Tuesday, May 6
9:00 Enamored with Place author Wendy Bertrand on new directions in architecture, including PhD. programs in sustainable architecture at the SF Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Ave !

Thursday, May 8
8:30 Urban Farming Graze the Roof: Glide’s rooftop garden 330 Ellis St. !

9:30 Sustainable Municipal Building SF Public Utilities Commission (LEED-Platinum) 525 Golden Gate Ave !

11:45 Sustainable Design in Historic San Francisco Building Smith Group architects lead tour Bentley Reserve 301 Battery !

1:00 Biomimicry Architecture Award-winner architect and author Eric Corey Freed 301 Battery St.

2:30 Regional Transportation and Urban Housing Hub Transbay Transit Center 201 Mission Street !

3:00 Privately Owned Public Open Space Benjamin Osgood discusses workplace sustainability 343 Sansome St. !

4:00 Downtown Architectural Highlights Student presentation/walking tour 201 Mission Street– 140 Maiden Ln. !

Friday, May 9

8:30 What Shaped San Francisco? Walking tour with writer and educator Joel Pomerantz 10th & Lincoln SF Botanical Garden and California of Academy of Sciences !

11:00 Transformation of Public Streets David Winslow, Living Alleys 300 Linden St. !

1:00 Ecological Bicycle Tour Chris Carlsson, author, educator 518 Valencia St.

3:00 Green Building and Landscaping Eco-Center



Speaking at 100 Authors for Literacy

Wendy and Belva Davis and oour memoirs1st photo Wendy Bertrand with Belva Davis both with memoirs
Wendy and Alicia Sept 21, 20132nd photo Wendy Bertrand with author Alicia Young at Authors for Literacy event

North Central Neighborhood Association
Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center
725 Monte Diable Avenue
San Mateo, California

Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 4 pm
Books for sale from 60 authors and short presentations by each

Wendy Bertrand, Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect will 1:15 pm to 1:30pm in the Salmon Room

Belva Davis will be the featured speaker at 2 pm about her memoir Never in My Wildest Dreams in Main Auditorium

Dr. Joy DeGruy Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome to speak at 3 pm in main auditorium


Enamored with Place at Farmers’ Market

Enamored with Place at Del Norte Farmers; MarketOn Saturday July 27, 2013 Wendy Bertrand (taking photo) joined Made by Us Art 101 owner Glenna Kinball, (left, customer on right) for one of the Saturday mornings Glenna comes to the market. Enamored with Place books were on displayed by local architect/author Bertrand,   one of many artists represented in the crafty store on 101 north in Crescent City



Local author speaks at the Del Norte Library

Del Norte County Library 190 Price Mall, Crescent City
Friday August 23, 2013 5-7 pm
Presentation and discussion at 6pm

Men & Women, who like to read, write, work, and discuss

Wendy Bertrand architect and author invites you to the Del Norte Library where she will be talking and facilitating a discussion on various  goals in writing her memoir, as well as reflections on publishing and presenting her concerns after the publication just one year ago.

The themes of how we work, how we think about places, how social factors including gender and race show up in place making, and how our personal and professional lives are integrated and important will be touched on as well as topics of interest to the audience.



Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Bookshelf

Glad to be in such good company

BWAF Bookshelf, July 2013

July 19, 2013 Posted in: BWAF Bookshelf, Grid

From the BWAF Bookshelf

July 2013 Bookshelf Covers

From left: Writing About Architecture, Women in Green, Enamored with Place (credits below)

The July 2013 BWAF Bookshelf features a handbook for students, scholars, and critics of architecture; a compilation of conversations with leaders in the sustainable design field (2007); and a memoir of an architect/single mother (2012). This month’s books will stimulate you intellectually, visually, and emotionally. Books include: Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and CitiesWomen in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, and Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect.

Writing About Architecture: Master the

Language of Buildings and Cities

Alexandra Lange   (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012)

Extraordinary architecture addresses so much more than mere practical considerations. It inspires and provokes while creating a seamless experience of the physical world for its users. It is the rare writer that can frame the discussion of a building in a way that allows the reader to see it with new eyes. Writing About Architecture is a handbook on writing effectively and critically about buildings and cities. Each chapter opens with a reprint of a significant essay written by a renowned architecture critic, followed by a close reading and discussion of the writer s strategies. Lange offers her own analysis using contemporary examples as well as a checklist of questions at the end of each chapter to help guide the writer. This important addition to the Architecture Briefs series is based on the author’s design writing courses at New York University and the School of Visual Arts. Lange also writes a popular online column for Design Observer and has written for Dwell, Metropolis, New York magazine, and The New York Times. Writing About Architecture includes analysis of critical writings by Ada Louise Huxtable, Lewis Mumford, Herbert Muschamp, Michael Sorkin, Charles Moore, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Jane Jacobs. Architects covered include Marcel Breuer, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Field Operations, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Frederick Law Olmsted, SOM, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright.


Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design

Kira Gould and Lance Hosey

(Ecotone Publishing, 2007)

Research has shown that women are more inclined than men to support environmental causes through voting, activism and consumer choices. Gould and Hosey examine this statistic within the context of the building industry, one of the richest territories for environmental change. Through conversations with architects, designers, consultants, policymakers, educators and students, the authors examine the implications of women in the sustainable design field, asking both what the field offers women and what women offer the field. Emerging from these conversations is an argument for a gendered orientation of green design, drawing a connection between women’s normative nurturing attitudes and holistic thinking and placing contemporary practice into an environmentalist history stemming from female trailblazers including Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson.


Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect

Wendy Bertrand

(Eyeonplace Press, 2012)

This is the personal and professional memoir of an architect who tells how her identity and life as woman are inseparable from her adventures in the profession of architecture. She reflects in the epilogue about how what she knows now could influence the way our culture goes about the making of place.

Wendy Bertrand has been a mother since 1966 and a registered California architect since 1978. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor of architecture (1971), and with a master of architecture (1972) after study in France at the École des Beaux Arts (1964–65). She divides her time seasonally, between her writing desk in San Francisco and her weaving studio in Del Norte County, where she spins yarn and weaves colorful rugs. She frequently visits France, where her daughter, Chanette Manso, is one of the top internationally recognized light painters.

Excerpts of the descriptions were obtained from the publishers’ website.
Photo Credits: Photos were obtained from publishers’ websites.