SFUFF Goes On The Road! First Stop AIA East Bay!
SF URBANFILM FEST – AIA East Bay Presentation (10.12.2016) at Noon

TOPIC: How Storytelling Can Help Your Project Past theFinish Line

Architects and urban planners are increasingly tasked with not onlydelivering successful projects to their clients but also getting buyoff from amultitude of stakeholders. Storytelling is one of the most powerful toolsdesigners can use to help these stakeholders understand and engage with aproject’s vision. 

In this talk presented by the SF Urban Film Fest, we will take a lookat past examples of how storytelling has successfully been used to buildconsensus around development projects. We will also dive deeper into exploringvarious strategies to apply in crafting a convincing and memorable story. Thetalk will conclude with an open discussion with the audience.


Derek Levoit

Derek V. Levoit currently works for BRIDGE Housing as the PortfolioRehabilitation Manager. He also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer forTransport Oakland, a transportation advocacy group in Oakland.  He's beenworking with the SF Urban Film Festival for two years, helping to spread amessage on cities and civic engagement inspired by great storytelling. He holdsa Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Southern California and aB.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Adam Mayer, AIA, LEED

Adam N. Mayer is an architect with 8 years of design
experience domestically and abroad, including 3 years based in China. His
portfolio covers a wide range of building types with a focus on complex master
planning projects and high-density mixed-use developments. He most recently
worked at William McDonough + Partners in San Francisco where he was involved
in the Recology Zero Waste Facilities Master Plan project, a sustainable manufacturing
facility design for a Fortune 500 company and a master plan vision for a new
district outside of Beijing. Adam is a graduate of the University of Southern
California School of Architecture and is currently based in San Francisco where
he sits on several local neighborhood planning committees.