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WIA Lecture Series
Architects Saving the World

Celebrating our third consecutive year, the Women in Architecture Series is a three-part lecture series designed to engage, empower and encourage women in the architectural profession. This year's theme, Architects Saving the World, explores how architects can save the world both locally and globally.

The lectures will take place on three consecutive Thursdays at SmithGroupJJR, 1700 New York Avenue NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20006.

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Re-Defining the Passion
March 5 - (postponed to March 26)

Is working for a traditional architecture firm, whether it's S/M/L size, not satisfying? The once passionate architecture students now seek direction and/or motivation to continue in the architecture profession. This lecture will examine non-traditional career paths, how to define success in your career and how becoming a licensed architect can not only broaden your career options but can give you the tools to save the world! 1.5 AIA LUs.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine why women leave architecture and how women define success with the recent Equity by Design survey from AIA|SF and the Missing 32% Project.
  2. Identify the importance of becoming a licensed architect and how, according to three licensed women architects, it can open doors in non-traditional career paths.
  3. Examine three examples of non-traditional architecture career paths which include education, preservation and building enclosure.
  4. Examine the decision and transition process from working in a transitional architecture firm to succeeding in a non-traditional architecture related career.
  5. Examine how women architects can save the world.
  Co-founder of Encore Sustainable Design, LLC
Bethan Llewellyn Yen, RA, LEED® AP
  Critic, Studio Instructor at The Catholic University of America
Amy Gelsone, AIA, LEED® AP
  Senior Enclosure Associate, Horizon Engineering Associates LLP
*Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
  Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founder of AIASF Committee The Missing 32% Project
*Via Skype

Building Communities
March 12

Architecture is about building a better environment. Saving the world through architecture on a local scale means engaging the public, creating civic relationships and developing exceptional designs. This lecture examines the importance of partnership and defining the passion to build a better environment. 1.5 AIA LUs.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine how non-profit and other collaborating organizations work with architects to build affordable housing and pedestrian-friendly community design.
  2. Identify the impact of community outreach.
  3. Identify the selection process of the architect on community and civic-based projects.
  4. Explore how local architects can save their community.
Jessica Jones, LEED® AP BD+C
  Real Estate Development Associate, Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Scott Kratz
  Director, 11th Street Bridge Park Project

Women Architects Saving the World
March 19

Saving the world through architecture on a global scale means impacting countries that lack innovative design and construction solutions. This lecture will provide examples of women changing the face of architecture; applying their skills as architects to social and humanitarian issues. We will also discuss how to join the ranks of women making this global impact by seeking your own opportunity to experience life abroad as an architect. 1.5 AIA LUs.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine how architects can pursue design work overseas that provides socially responsible impact.
  2. Learn about opportunities in the Peace Corps including loan forgiveness.
  3. Learn how Fulbright grant enabled research into the urbanization and development in India.
  4. Discuss how Australia's women in architecture are changing the profession through research, informed opinions and debate.
Suzanne Frasier, AIA, ASID, NCIDQ
  Professor, Morgan State University
Keely Hayes
  Regional Recruiter, Peace Corps
*Mariam Kamara, RA
  Co-founder, United4Design
*Via Skype