Brits Get Chummy in San Francisco

Monday, April 19, 2010

RIBA launches chapter in San Francisco.

After the way Sir Norman Foster was ousted from a project  in San Francisco recently, we wondered whether there would be some mutterings at the kick-off party for the new chapter of the Royal Institute of British Architects (which is the sixth US chapter–there is also one in L.A.).  But no, simply a gracious welcome by the the British Consulate-General, Julian Evans, who hosted the party at to his home in Presidio Terrace.  The head of the local chapter, architect Chad Overway, was also on hand.  Overway is known as the owner of one of the few Neutras here in the city, and though his name sounds as if he could be British, he’s actually not–he connected to RIBA through his experiences working in Britain. “There’s no good worldwide organization for architects, so here’s a group that is trying to fill that gap,” said Overway. Where the organization can be most helpful, he said, is for young British architects who are not licensed in the US and need credentials and connections here. Given San Francisco’s legendary bureaucracy, a mentor or two might be useful.

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