Architecture Uncensored, Part 2: "It's just the way we do things..."

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    Wednesday, December 4 2019

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Architecture Uncensored is an annual event organized by the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee that encourages conversations about topics we often see as challenging to discuss in our offices. The format is an interactive and lively panel discussion. Bring your questions, thoughts, and ideas to talk about the phrase: “It’s just the way we do things.

Architecture is rapidly changing. New technologies and generations are entering the profession, which impacts how we get work done. As different generations continue to filter into the profession, how do we navigate generational stereotypes, improve workflow and efficiencies to respond to new technologies and adjust to a new way of working?

Presented by: 

Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Architecture Branch Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington 
Brandon Tobias is the Architecture Branch Manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAFVAC) Washington located in the historic Washington Navy Yard. He directly supervises 10 senior architects and interior designers executing a $700M program, and is responsible for the community management of 50 designers of all ages throughout the National Capital Region.


Jeff Barber, AIA, LEED AP - Design Leader and Principal, Gensler
Jeff Barber, Principal and Regional Design Leader for the Southeast Region, has a distinguished 29-year career that blends design innovation and organizational leadership. Jeff has provided design oversight for noteworthy architectural projects in the Washington metro region, including 455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, with a carefully composed woven glass skin that creates a strong articulated façade; Ballpark Square, which will anchor a vibrant, new mixed-use development blocks from Nationals Park; and 111 K Street, NE, an iconic jewel-box building informed by its location adjacent to the Metro's raised Red Line track.


Jenna Bolino, AIA - Associate, Studio MB
Jenna Bolino is currently an Associate at StudioMB, a small firm located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Originally from northeast Ohio, Jenna received her B.S. in architecture at The Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania before relocating to Washington, DC. Since joining StudioMB, Jenna was the Project Architect on the Washington Fish Market and a variety of other projects that included single family, multi-family, and parks and recreation. Currently, she is the Project Manager on the Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, a 100,00 square foot elementary and middle school. Jenna is also a current member of the Class of 2020 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.

Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Sponsored by: HDR and Syska Hennessy Group

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Compare generational ways of thinking about architecture and technology; 
  • Identify the benefits of new technology in architecture; 
  • Identify opportunities on how to improve intergenerational communication; and
  • Develop a personal perspective on empowering the emerging generation of the architecture profession.