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Dynamic Minds: Creative Brilliance Seminar Series | Studio visits to Aidlin Darling Design, ODADA and  Bohlin Cywinski Jackson [BCJ]

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This tour includes studio visits to Aidlin Darling Design, ODADA and  BCJ. 5pm Reception. Participation will converse, meet, discuss idea, and meet the designers and architects.

About the Studios


In 1998, co-founders Joshua Aidlin and David Darling began the studio crafting furniture together in a San Francisco woodshop. Today, this passion for shared making anchors the studio’s collaborative process. The approach to each project is client and site specific, and includes open communication among clients, consultants, fabricators, and builders to achieve innovative, unexpected results.

ADD pursues an architecture of restraint that engages the senses, connecting us to place and to ourselves. In a world that is increasingly dominated by the visual and virtual, the firm sees design as a multisensory experience, one in which the way something feels, smells and sounds is as important as how it looks. 

Exploring how the studio’s work moves beyond the visual, Braden King’s film Aidlin Darling Design: Architecture for the Senses, captures the firm’s ethos and commitment to creating soulful environments.

ODADA design studio:

Founded in 1987 by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, ODADA is an internationally recognized commercial and residential interior design firm. In 1990, David Todd Oldroyd and Greg Stewart became principals, with recent additions to the leadership team. Together they extend the firm’s strong architectural and design foundation, bringing a clean, focused approach to contemporary and traditional projects.  The firm has a staff of 20 architects and designers to assure highly personalized attention to each client. The company currently works on projects around the world, including decades-long clients in London, San Francisco and Honolulu.

BCJ architects, ending with a reception.

BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON: Founded in 1965, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is an architecture practice with studios in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. We work with our clients to understand the nature of their unique circumstance—the people, place, and materials that inform each design—to help translate collective aspirations into built environments that are greater than the sum of their parts. The resulting architecture feels simultaneously grounded and transcendent, carefully crafted to embody resiliency, and adapt to an ever-changing world. Our work has received more than 800 regional, national, and international awards for design, including four American Institute of Architects (AIA) COTE Top Ten Awards


About Diane Dorrans Saeks:

Learn more about Diane Dorrans Saeks on Instagram @dianedorranssaeks

Diane is the best-selling author of 25 design books, including ‘Michael S, Smith Elements of Style’ (Rizzoli) and her two most recent, “Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors’ (Rizzoli) and ‘Parisian by Design (Rizzoli). She is currently working on new books on design, style and interiors.

Diane is a founding editor with C California Style magazine, and the Design Editor of PAPERCITY magazine. She has written for Vogue, Vogue Living, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Veranda, Harper’s Bazaar, the Nob Hill Gazette, and many others.




Addresses AND LOCATIONS provided upon ticket purchase: Car pooling planned

Please note, locations are not suitable for children. All guests must bring a photo ID with them to the event that matches the name you registered under. Attendees will be emailed details on meeting location prior to the event.



The Dynamic Minds Seminars Series produced by Diane Dorrans Saeks is 4 separate afternoon events over a week from June 1 through June 8 2024.. Please acquire an ‘all access pass”; and then register for each event.

Creativity, ideas, inspiration and exploration, balanced with in-depth knowledge, remain essential elements in today’s interiors and architecture.

Inspiration and intense engagement are evident throughout four special afternoon seminars at the studios of leading California architects, a new showroom, and interior designers in San Francisco.

During the architecture and design studio on-site events in the series, attendees will meet San Francisco’s leading architecture and design practitioners and view work and discuss process.

Studios include Aidlin Darling Design, The Wiseman Group, BCJ, ODADA, Geoff de Sousa Design and de Sousa Hughes, and BAMO, Ken Fulk, Martin Kobus, Studio Collins Weir and The Office of Charles de Lisle. These 4 intense on-site seminars take place on different afternoons over 4 days and require separate ticketing.  In each intense on-site seminar, we have a program to meet the designers and architects, to engage with new projects, and new highlights from work on the boards.

Each studio visit is an opportunity to encounter advanced ideas, creative procedures, and design and architecture concepts and advanced thinking.

Attendees will experience the full range of aesthetics, from pure modernism to richly informed classical design, traditional, bold, minimal, and eclectic expression. All are based on intellectual and intuitive disciplines. A highlight will be viewing and discussing works in process, as well as newly completed interiors and unpublished new residences.

We will see how studios fully use newest technical advances such as VR and AI, and 3D printing (and continue to sketch) in their design concepts and in interactions with their clients. Participants will view and engage with latest thinking on sustainability, ‘green’ practices, and the use of tech and an appreciation for sketching.

At the end of each day, participants are invited to a private in-studio reception and celebration, offering the opportunity to meet designers and their staff and to discuss in-depth ideas and views.

Led by best-selling author and leading interior design journalist/ author Diane Dorrans Saeks, this year’s interior designer program follows on the great success of last ten year’s programs.

Diane’s seminars offer a very rare opportunity to tour top architecture and interior design studios, meet with designers and architects one-on-one.

Dynamic San Francisco architecture and design firms on the seminar roster include Aidlin Darling Design, BAMO, and The Wiseman Group and BCJ, as well as leading interior designers Ken Fulk, Martin Kobus, Charles de Lisle, Susan Collins Weir,  ODADA. A special visit to the new De Sousa Hughes NEW showroom is a highlight. 

Each highly accomplished designer and architect will speak of works in progress, new work, and what they see happening in the near future. Studio visits celebrate achievement, creativity, the power of ideas, and the power of optimism. This program is not appropriate for children under 16, as they are architecture & design study tours of studios, with formal presentations made by company principals.


Learn more about other events in the series –

June 4, 1pm too 5pm: San Francisco

A studio visit is led by best-selling author Diane Dorrans Saeks at the Magic Factory headquarters of Ken Fulk, and his recently restored St Joseph’s Arts Society church, which is a studio/ atelier/ entertainment place. The venue is a lavish site for discussions on design, altruism and philanthropy.

June 7, 1 pm to 5 pm:  Sausalito

Studio visits to The Office of Charles de Lisle,  Studio Collins Weir, and culminating with a reception and refreshments at Martin Kobus Studio:

June 8, 1 pm to 5 pm: San Francisco

The design studios of The Wiseman Group and BAMO, and Geoffrey de Sousa Design and de Sousa Hughes, new showroom to view newest projects including modern and classical design, architectural historic restoration, and new design collections.  BAMO has invited us to end the day with a reception.


June 1
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


San Francisco, CA
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Studio visits to Aidlin Darling Design, ODADA and  Bohlin Cywinski Jackson [BCJ]
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