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East Bay AIA Home Tours

Oakland Preview
Our nearly completed residence will be featured in this year’s East Bay AIA Home Tours on Saturday, August 8th.

This project reclaims one of the few remaining sites in the Oakland hills cleared by the 1991 firestorm. The design is from AAA Architecture’s Randolph Ruiz, with the collaboration of Benjamin Parco. At the ground level, a series of both masonry and glass walls frame views and spaces, while creating strong connections between the indoors and out. The upper level contains the home’s beds and baths and is composed of four box-like masses clad in charred cedar.

Tickets are limited and are available here: 2015 East Bay AIA Home Tours

San Diego Streetcar Map

This foray into cartography illustrates the final decades of San Diego’s streetcar network as lines were eliminated and newer cars were introduced in an effort to stay in business. Randolph Ruiz made this map to illustrate an article on the use of streamlined PCC streetcars by the San Diego Electric Railway. In 1936, San Diego was the first western city to feature the then revolutionary streetcars.

The map shows the all of the city’s streetcar lines along with the years in which each line was discontinued. Routes that used the PCC cars are identified in the legend. Streetcar service ended in San Diego in 1949. San Diego was later the first American city to build a modern Light Rail System in 1981.

While PCC cars still operate in a handful of locations, such as San Francisco, most of these cars are long gone. Two of San Diego’s PCC cars are preserved at the Orange Empire Railway Museum, outside of Riverside, California.

The Next One


We have been working on a new residential project in the Oakland Hills and the image above represents the exhaustive iterative design process that went into finding the optimal organization and siting for this three-bedroom house. More to come…