PERSPECTIVES: Drawing Career Paths With Architecture Background, Part 2 - Webinar

  • Date

    Friday, May 28 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


In this forum, you will hear what each speaker's job is like and how the architecture/fine arts/design background helped them to get to where they are today. Presenters will also discuss the personal skills that are required for each role to help participants consider the type of career path that best suits each individual. The event will also answer questions about which education path to pursue and when is the right time.


Wanda Lau, Editor, ARCHITECT Magazine

Wanda Lau is a Washington, DC based editor, writer, and podcaster at ARCHITECT magazine, the official journal of The American Institute of Architects. The recipient of more than 30 journalism awards, Wanda speaks frequently on the topics of professional practice, building technology, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. A first-generation college graduate, Wanda holds a B.S. in civil engineering with high honors from Michigan State University, a S.M. in building technology from MIT, and an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University. Prior to joining ARCHITECT, she worked in the AEC sector as an owner and representative, engineer, and communications director.


Harvey Maruya, Regional Chief Architect and Branch Chief - Architecture + Interiors, National Capitol Region (NCR), U.S. General Service Administration

Harvey R. Maruya, AIA, is currently the General Services Administration (GSA) Public Building Service (PBS) Regional Chief Architect (RCA) for the National Capital Region (NCR), which includes Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia.  As the RCA he oversees the region’s design quality program and quality assurances with programming, scope development, design development, and GSA PBS policies. Prior to GSA he was in the private sector for over 20 years as senior associate and senior project manager in the Irvine office and associate vice president-managing director of the Honolulu office of WATG, an international architectural and planning firm.  He has managed hotel and hospitality projects with clients such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Walt Disney Corporation, Kerzner International, Samsung, Neusoft, Aux, and many others.  Harvey was also an advisor to the Taiwan Tourism Board. Harvey has development experience as a senior project manager in the development group of Montage Hotels and Resorts overseeing the Vista Serena Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  He is also an Army veteran having served on active duty as a Captain with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Germany, Middle East, Desert Storm, South Korea, and the U.S. Harvey has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Redlands, California, and Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.  He has lectured at universities in the U.S. and Taiwan on many topics on architecture professional practice and resort development.

Patti Limansubroto, Development Associate, Two Trees Management

Patti Limansubroto is a Design & Development Associate at Two Trees Management Company, a Brooklyn-based real estate developer, owner and operator of mixed-income apartments and residential, commercial and industrial spaces throughout New York City. Patti is currently involved in the proposed River Ring development, which is soon expected to enter the environmental impact and public entitlement review (ULURP) process. Raised in Jakarta and Singapore, Patti holds a M.S. degree in Real Estate Development from the MIT and a B. Arch degree with a Minor in Business from Cornell University. Prior to MIT, Patti has worked with several internationally acclaimed architecture firms, such as SOM in Chicago, Kengo Kuma and Associates in Tokyo, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. 

Hyon K. Rah, Founder, RAH SolutionsHyon K. Rah, LEED AP, ENV SP, EcoDistricts AP 

Hyon K. Rah is a system-based strategist and technical advisor with over a decade of experience championing sustainability and resilience for community, infrastructure, and destination developments. She helps developers, owners, investors and end users align their goals with sustainability and resilience. With backgrounds in architecture (M.Arch) and water management (M.Sc), she has worked in 20+ countries, navigating different disciplinary, cultural, and regulatory landscapes. She's also an award-winning educator.

Learning Objectives:

  • The speakers represent diverse professional paths. The first objective is to find out how architecture/fine arts/design background helped them to get to where they are today, including to understand what their current job is like. 
  • The discussion will then dive into what personal skills to develop for career progression. Each career track role will need different skills to develop. Is your personality appropriate for each type?
  • What kind of education to pursue to enhance your career? 
  • What other career opportunities beyond architecture that you could involve in and when is the right time?




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