1970s. AND teaches 1st community design course at UC Berkeley; begins planning and construction in Chinatown and Japantown; develops low-income housing design alternatives for the I-Hotel;produces reports: Home Buyers’ Handbook & Chinatown Redevelopment Project.
AND conducts Design Demonstration Project and publishes Inside Chinatown; forms first economic development venture,AND Enterprises, a design and construction firm that later is spun off as for-profit Urban Designs; designs Aarti Hotel, the first major sweat equity co-op in CA; forms second economic development venture, Specialty Mill Products (SMP), a custom furniture business; conducts seismic checks for Chinatown low-income housing and provides safety workshops after the 1989 earthquake. AND is honored by US Department of Housing and Architecture Record Magazine.
AND designs homeless, youth, and childcare centers in SF; publishes Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing;issues anti-poverty policy brief addressing long-term sufficiency for low-income communities; and creates three affordable housing buildings for families during elevan years in real estate development: Connecticut Street Court, 555 Ellis Street & Minna Park Family Apartments. President Bill Clinton seeks input about our training-business model. Then Executive Director Maurice Miller is named to the President’s Transition Team. AND is honored by California Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Fannie Mae Foundation, and California Preservation Foundation.
AND receives Joseph Mignola Jr. Award & is a finalist for the Counstruction Users Roundtable (CURT) Workforce Development Award; publishes Materials Handbook: Guidelines for Sustainable Affordable Housing; designs 53 Columbus Avenue, an inaugural cooperative project for ownership by the building’s low-income tenants; provides detailed technical review of developments in SF Eastern Neighborhoods, leading to the SoMa Community Stabilization Fund. Since 1978, AND has trained nearly 2,500 individuals in the carpentry & construction fields.
Moved to our current 6,400 sq. ft. space at 1245 Howard Street, while seamlessly maintaining our Architecture, Employment Training Center, and Community Planning services.
Our Employment Training Center launched our green curriculum, which integrated the "Roots of Success" Environmental Literacy coursework developed by leading Green Workforce advocate Raquel Pinderhughes.
Our Architecture Services were involved in the following 6th Street Facade Improvements: Passion Cafe, Moya Ethiopian Restaurant and Fondue Cowboy. Projects for the SF Shines Program included: Pralines by Yvonne, Auntie April's, Bayview Barbershop, Las Isletas, Frisco Fried, Divisadero Health Haven, Beautiful as You R, and Brenda's.
Our Community Planning program developed designs for the public spaces of the Central Subway station for Chinatown Community Development Center; Provided urban design assistance to PODER for a new park at 17th & Folsom in the Mission District; Supported SOMCAN and the Filipino American Development Foundation in the implementation of the SoMa Youth and Family Zone and SoMa Filipino Social Heritage District; Played a key role in the Community Advisory Committee for the Eastern Neighborhoods; Developed affordable housing and economic development policies for the City with the Council of Community Housing Organizations; and Convened the Economic Development working group of the "New Deal for the City" Community Congress.