AIA Diversity & Inclusion Annual Women in Architecture Dinner May 17


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Thursday, May 17, 2012 // 6:30 – 9:15 PM
National Museum of Women in the Arts // $80
The Women in Architecture Dinner honors the roles women play within the architecture profession and provides a platform to network and engage architects, interns, and architecture students from across the nation.  Be a part of the network!  Expand your peer network and engage with women architects, interns, and architecture students from across the country at this popular event. Join us as AIAS Vice President Laura Meador, Assoc. AIA, has a candid discussion with two prominent architects at the pinnacle of their design career!  Our featured panel, Dina Griffin, AIA, and Suman Sorg, FAIA, will share their professional work, experiences, and greater issues of power, perspective, and success in architecture.  All are welcome, and men are encouraged to attend.  Sponsored by the AIA Diversity Council. Register now!

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit: Looking Forward


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We will be posting pictures to our Facebook page taken by photographer, Kelly Braeckel, very soon. Be on the look out and make sure to tag yourselves to further the sharing of our event!

Thank you!
WLS 2011 Committee

Session VIII >> Changing the System=Altering the Culture // 2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit


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Over a hundred years ago, famed author and activist Harriet Beecher Stowe remarked that “Women are the real architects of society.” If we can get past her casual use of our title, we realize that she was absolutely right – then AND now. Throughout history, women have forged meaningful relationships and created strong support systems, thereby shaping healthy communities. As much or more than at any time in the past, that quality is an absolute necessity – for the profession and for the world – and is one that architects have the ability to cultivate and communicate. In this two-way dialogue, two women who have been at the forefront of the profession, each in her own way, discussed how Women Create Culture.

Key snippets from Twitter:


Nancy Alexander / Lecturer, Yale University
Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA / Executive Director, Virginia Center for Architecture

Session VI >> The Edge of Design // 2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit


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During ‘The Edge of Design’ discussion we heard from Lori Ryker, founder of Artemis Institute; Sylvia Smith, Senior Partner of FXFOWLE Architects; and, Susan Ubbelohde, Principal at Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates. These women are functioning in their markets a step beyond the norm. Different approaches, visions, and how they operate fueled the conversation.

Key snippets from Twitter:

Carol Burns, FAIA / Principal, Taylor & Burns Architects

Lori Ryker / Founder, Artemis Institute
Sylvia Smith, FAIA / Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects
Susan Ubbelohde / Principal, Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates

Session VI >> Design Profile: Leers Weinzapfel Associates // 2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit


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This session focused on Leers Weinzapfel Associates, a Boston-based practice founded in 1982 by Andrea Leers and Julie Weinzapfel. The work of Leers Weinzapfel ranges from infrastructure to community and education projects. In 2007, LWA was awarded the American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year award. LWA shared their history, their work, their ideas for the future and their wonderful personalities (we had a lot of fun!).

Key snippets from Twitter:

Andrea Leers, FAIA / Principal
Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA / Principal
Winifred Stopps, AIA / Senior Associate
Natasha Espada, AIA / Senior Associate

Session V >> Being the Buzz // 2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit


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This discussion was a continuation of “The Design Report” with a panel discussion from editors of magazines and publications and on-line bloggers who bring perspective on creating a PR plan that makes your firm and its work a part of design discussion. Susan Szenasy facilitated a dialogue with a group of media experts and journalists, discussing ways to share your message with a growing audience.

Key snippets from our #WLS2011 feed: 

Susan Szenasy / Editor in Chief, METROPOLIS

Kathy Achelpohl / Principal, BNIM Architects
S. Claire Conroy / Editorial Director, Residential Architect
Hugh Hochberg / Principal, The Coxe Group
Steve Paul / Senior Writer + Arts Editor, The Kansas City Star

Session IV >> The Design Report // 2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit


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“What is the state of current practice around the country and how is design being done?” was the focus of Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, presentation. ‘Design Report’ hit on the current pulse of the industry, highlighting the firms, individuals and trends that are breaking new ground in architecture.

Key snippets from Twitter:

Presenter: Susan Szenasy / Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS







Session III >> Taking Your Success to the Next Level: Be More Than the Work // 2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit


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Attendees listened to specific steps they can take to begin impacting their career. Whether you are expanding your practice, preparing for succession, or determining your lasting professional legacy, there are tangible ways to guide that process.

Presenter: Rania Anderson / Owner, Meridian Consulting
Visit our Twitter page to view quotes from Rania.


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