Join Us! AIASF Talk and Tour Islais Place

Posted on: March 12, 2024

Join us for an informative talk and tour of Islais Place, one of the newest affordable housing projects in San Francisco by Van Meter Williams Pollack and BRIDGE Housing. Situated in the Excelsior district, this mixed-use building marks a significant development in the area after nearly 25 years. Explore retail spaces, the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, and 137 affordable units.

$5, Student // $10, AIA Member // $15, General

Note: Meeting spot will be sent to all registrants; ticket sales close at 11:00 AM on the day of the tour; no onsite ticket sales.

This program is in collaboration with AIASF Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA) and the AIASF Housing Knowledge Community teams.


Ben Chuaqui, Partner, Van Meter Williams Pollack

Ben joined Van Meter Williams Pollack in 2002 and became an Associate of the firm in 2009. He holds master degrees in both Architecture and in City Planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to attending graduate school, Ben was an accomplished classical pianist, earning an undergraduate degree in Music. Ben has been involved with all phases of the design and construction process, and his interest as a designer is focused on not just creating good buildings but creating good spaces around the buildings. Being both bicultural and bilingual (Chilean-American), Ben brings multiple perspectives to each architectural project. As a design professional, Ben’s interests in the social landscape as well as the more technical and idiosyncratic aspects of wood construction have influenced his work.


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