Building Your Local Network of Women in Design: Establishing and Sustaining Women in Design Organizations in Your Component and Firm
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
As we position our profession to become leaders in the new decade, the face of architecture must be more in alignment with the global talent pool. A truly diverse profession will elevate and enhance the public perception and appreciation of the value of architects in our communities. This session is an opportunity to learn how to express the importance of diversity and to explore the work being done in across the nation toward the goal of equity in the design professions. These Women in Design organizations were founded as an effort to promote the value of a widened perspective gained from the inclusion of women, racial minorities, and individuals with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Leaders from Women in Design Boston, Kansas City, and Denver will present an overview of their organization initiatives. The Boston Society of Architects' Women in Design group is a very active organization with subcommittees including Mentoring, Programs and Events, PR/Communication, and the Build Boston Conference Sub-Committee. Established in 2005 with the support of AIA Kansas City, Women in Design Kansas City is a community of women involved in architecture and the design professions who have come together for mentorship, support, and advocacy for women in design. Women in Design Denver was formed in 2005 to foster a self-supporting community of women across the design professions. We invite you to learn more about our work and to join the dialogue!
This webinar is presented jointly by representatives from Women in Design Boston, Women in Design Denver & Women in Design Kansas City.
In addition to being a facilitator and consultant to organizations in the areas of mission, vision, and strategy, Nancy Alexander is a leading voice in advancing women in the architectural profession. She has spoken at AIA conventions and workshops and recorded an AIA podcast interview with Carole Wedge, CEO of Shepley Bulfinch; she serves on the board of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and as a member of the Dean's Council of the Yale School of Architecture.
Nancy has a BA in sociology and an MBA, both from Yale, where her studies with Vincent Scully first inspired her interest in the built environment. She wrote her MA thesis in women's studies at Southern Connecticut State University on women's sacred space.
Amy is an Associate at BNIM and was recently named a 2011 AIA Young Architects Award recipient. In recent years, Amy served as a Project Architect for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, and the new state-of-the-art WIN-GEM building for the school of engineering at UCLA. Through her involvement with the AIA at local, regional and national levels, she has emerged as a national voice advocating for diversity and emerging professionals. Within her industry, Amy is perhaps best known for her role in creating Women in Design Kansas City, a flourishing organization that advances the work women are doing and improves the way our lives intersect that work. As a mother and wife to another architect, architecture is intimately woven into her personal life and she has become a recognized voice in balancing life with the demands of the profession.
Sho-Ping Chin,FAIA, LEED® AP
Sho-Ping has over 30 years of experience with a variety of building typologies, ranging from residential, commercial and institutional projects. She founded the Women Principal Group at the Boston Society of Architects in 2006. She also instigated the inaugural Women Leadership Summit in Chicago in 2009. Currently, as a Principal at Payette, she leads the firm's healthcare practice using design to synthesize the challenges presented by rapid advances in medical technology with the real human needs of patients and caregivers. Sho-Ping works with university research hospitals, community hospitals, and charitable services. Her design is noted for its sensitivity to the psychological needs of patients, staff, and families -- for comfort, clarity, simplicity, and efficiency. Sho-Ping earned her Bachelor of Arts as well as her Master of Architecture from Princeton University.
Cheryl Bicknell, Associate AIA, LEED® AP
Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Illinois with Bachelors of Science in Agriculture and Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture. Currently, she works to design Pre-Kindergarten thru 12th Grade Schools in and around the Denver area for SLATERPAULL Architects. In 2005, Cheryl collaborated with others to found Women in Design, Denver. Because of her perspective from both structural engineering and architecture, the vision established for the group was one of mentorship, education and collaboration between all the professions impacting the built environment. In 2010, Cheryl served on a task force to establish Women in Design Denver as a non-profit. She served most recently as Secretary and has roles in both planning events and fund raising.
Cheryl is married to another architect, and the couple shares passions for all kinds of design, architecture and travel. Their most recent experience took them for a year to India. While there, Cheryl completed a year of study in Urban Planning at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India as a Rotary International Scholarship recipient.
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