2015 Chapter Conference: Rooted in AuthentiCITY

Conference Information

APA California Northern is excited to host the 2015 APA California Conference in Oakland from October 3 to October 6, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott. On this page, you can explore articles, photographs, and perspectives on Oakland. This page also provides logistics and contact information for the Conference Host Committee.

Looking for registration, sponsorship, or other conference information? Visit the California Chapter conference page here.


Our Committee

There will be no more CHC meetings before the conference. We will post information about our post-Conference thank you event shortly.

Past Meeting Reports:

Conference Co-chairs:

Committee Chairs:

About Oakland

Oakland Hills

Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA, United States

Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA, United States


Piedmont, CA, United States

Piedmont Avenue

Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States

San Leandro

San Leandro, CA, United States




berkeley, ca


Alameda, CA, United States


Coliseum, Oakland, CA, United States

West Oakland

West Oakland, Oakland, CA, United States


Jingletown, Oakland, CA, United States


Dimond Library, Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States


Chinatown, Oakland, CA, United States


Rockridge, Oakland, CA, United States


Uptown Oakland, Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States


Temescal, Oakland, CA, United States


Fruitvale, Oakland, CA, United States

East Lake

East Lake, Oakland, CA, United States

Grand Lake / Lakeshore

Grand Lake Theatre, Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States

Koreatown / Northgate

Northgate, Oakland, CA, United States

Jack London District

Jack London Square, Oakland, CA, United States

Adams Point

Adams Point, Oakland, CA, United States

Old Oakland

Old Oakland, Oakland, CA, United States

Downtown Oakland

Downtown Oakland, Oakland, CA, United States

APA California Conference Planner’s Guide

We have started to prepare the Planner’s Guide that will be provided to all registrants of the 2015 APA California Conference. Please click on the pins on the map above or the links below to read our initial profiles of Oakland neighborhoods and neighboring cities.

As we know we likely have missed your favorite place, please feel free to email any additional suggestions or comments to oaklandplannersguide@gmail.com.  Help us make this your guide!

My Oakland – Local Planners Talk about The Host City

Leading up to the conference, we will be interviewing local planners to find out more about how they view Oakland and other Northern Section communities.  These interviews will be presented in editions of the Section’s newsletter, Northern News:

What Others are Saying

Oakland has been generating a lot of interest in the local and national press.  Its diversity, development potential, natural amenities, and unique cultural opportunities are being promoted and celebrated.  The links below will take you to other articles and websites to provide an overview of the host city.

  • SPUR Comes to Oakland – The San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association highlights Oakland in its popular magazine The Urbanist to celebrate the opening of a SPUR office in Oakland.
  • Uptown Oakland – read about the Uptown neighborhood’s designation as a 2014 APA Great Place in America: Neighborhood.
  • Visit Oakland – The Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau has a lot of great resources and information available to help you figure out what to see and do while in town for the conference.
  • An Illustrated Guide to Lake MerrittThe Bold Italic put together this guide that highlights points of interest around Lake Merritt.  The Lake is often considered the crown jewel of Oakland’s parks and is most well known for the 3.5-mile multi-purpose loop around its edge. (August 6, 2014)
  • Time to Think about Oakland – This Planetizen blog post by Reuben Duarte presents and discusses many of the reasons Oakland has room to grow and develop to help meet regional housing needs.  (August 4, 2014)

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