DE&I Panel Discussion with Mid-sized Architecture Firms - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, July 15 2021

  • Time

    5:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

The AIA|DC Equity Committee by WIELD, in collaboration with Women in Architecture AIA Northern Virginia (NOVA), are pleased to host a panel discussion, with participants from local, mid-sized architecture firms, on their DE&I initiatives and programs. Most large firms have implemented formal DE&I programs in the recent past, but small and mid-size firms often rely on grassroots efforts by staff, with minimal direction or investment from firm leadership. Through this discussion, we hope to share experiences and best practices and evaluate measures implemented over the last year. We'll look at how we can improve our current practices and influence firm leadership.


Moderated By:

Ahmed Kurtom, Design Force

As Founder and Managing Principal of DesignForce, Ahmed Kurtom’s business model combines an unbiased and people-focused approach to both workforce strategy for mid-size A|E|C firms and career consulting for industry professional. His unique skill-set stems from a distinctive career path built upon years of hands-on business management, engineering training and direct-hire recruitment. With almost two-decades of industry-specific experience, Ahmed utilizes his expertise to consult his clients on enhancing the employee experience, creating long-term business strategies, developing marketing and business development efforts, effective change management. Ahmed aims to support and advocate for those in the built environment by putting people first.


Panelists:

Michelle Amt, Director of Sustainability, VMDO

Michelle has 20 years of international experience overseeing a wide range of projects focused on sustainable design. As VMDO's Director of Sustainability, Michelle facilitates design dialogue, leads research and educational efforts, and helps teams achieve sustainability goals across all projects. She ensures VMDO's compliance with the AIA’s 2030 Commitment leads to further innovation in the fields of health and wellness, building performance and zero-energy and evidence-based design.

Abigail R Brown, AIA LEED AP, Hickok Cole

Abigail R. Brown, AIA, is an Associate and a project architect in the multifamily residential group at Hickok Cole in Washington, DC. She is leading Hickok Cole’s efforts to pursue a JUST transparency label, and she is a member of the firm’s seven-person Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working group. Abi is the 2021 Chair of the AIA National Young Architects Forum, and she was a 2020 winner of the AIA Young Architects Award.

Omar Vega, HR Director, Beyer Blinder Belle

Omar Vega is BBB’s HR Director and has served on several boards, including the AIA’s SDA-NY Chapter. He currently serves as President of the PAC Council at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and served as an advisor to New York City Police Commissioners Bratton and Commissioner O’Neill. He holds a BS in Business with a concentration in HR with honors from the University of Phoenix, and completed Employment Law and Network Systems coursework at NYU and DeVry.


Learning Objectives: 

  • Evaluate celebrations and opportunities for growth with respect to DEI at their firm.
  • Articulate the importance of DEI to the success of their firm and the profession at large.
  • Articulate the importance of having intentional DEI initiatives and policies for staff hiring and retention.
  • Share best practices for initiating and maintaining DEI initiatives and policies within firms including commitment from firm leadership.
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Architecture Everywhere: Coast to Coast: Carol Highsmith's America - Webinar

  • Date

    Wednesday, June 30 2021

  • Time

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Join us for a photographic journey across the United States with Carol Highsmith, America’s Photographer. In her career spanning more than 40 years, Highsmith has captured countless details in all 50 states, including historic landmarks, landscapes, and scenes of everyday life. In this presentation, she will share her architectural impressions of the American landscape: coastal communities of New England, plantations in the deep South, prairie houses of the Mid-West, ghost towns along the Rockies, and more. Along the way, she will complement photographs with memorable stories experienced on her extraordinary journeys.


Presented by: 

Carol Highsmith

Carol M. Highsmith — American photographer, author, and publisher

Carol Highsmith, who started her photography career in the Willard Hotel in 1980, has been traveling roads across America for the past 41 years documenting our country for her collection at the Library of Congress. Highsmith calls herself a visual documentarian, and her collection is alongside the images of Dorothea Lange, Mathew Brady, and Edward Curtis. She also has a publishing company and her work has been featured in more than 50 books. Explore her photographic work here.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation 

This program is part of Architecture Everywhere, a monthly series exploring how architecture comes to life in unexpected ways through other arts and humanities disciplines. Join us each month as we focus on a new theme or topic. Guest speakers present a visual talk, followed by creative exchange with the audience. 


Learning Objectives: 

· Explore architecture through the lens of photography.

· Discover historic landmarks, landscapes, and scenes of everyday life across 50 states.

· Identify vernacular buildings and house styles by region.

· Describe how architectural photography can tell stories and evoke feelings.

Digital Design for Teens Summer 2021

  • Date

    Wednesday, July 21 2021-Wednesday, July 28 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    Virtual

Digital Design for Teens teaches valuable design skills to high school students. Though many high-schools teach similar courses, the Washington Architectural Foundation provides introductory education on digital drawing and 3D modeling for architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering purposes. Students will learn simple techniques they can practice outside of the classroom and apply in internship and educational opportunities. Digital Design for Teens is an excellent asset for any college applicant or job-seeker to have on their resume, and provides insight into the work involved in a modern design career.


Join us for the summer edition of Digital Design for Teens. Students will develop design skills using SketchUp. 

July 21 & July 28, 2021 (2 sessions)

10am-2pm

(Please note: the recommended age for Digital Design for Teens is 14-18)


Led by Ian Walker

Ian Walker is an Architectural Associate at //3877, a D.C. based, boutique architecture and design firm whose projects include many D.C. restaurants, hotels, and residences. Ian has carried a passion for the built environment much of his life. He really enjoys crafting the experience of every space. Ian aims to use his skills in architecture and engineering to better shape our policies and standards of living in the world for a sustainable future.

Upon graduation from Catholic University, Ian has led numerous youth programs at the Washington Architectural Foundation, as well as served as Community and Student Outreach with local AIA Emerging Architects Committee. Ian also currently serves on the DC National Organization of Minority Architects Executive Board. Lastly, Ian is on a steady pursuit to reveal the many opportunities that come with studying architecture and design.


This program is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

America's Civic Stage: A Vision to Celebrate Pennsylvania Avenue

  • Date

    Tuesday, June 29 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Location

    Virtual

It was an unprecedented year. The COVID-19 pandemic and sociopolitical changes transformed public spaces and reprioritized them for people of all backgrounds. Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the most symbolic public spaces in the country, can capitalize on this momentum through a new vision as an inclusive civic stage for the city and nation. As downtown Washington recovers and reinvests in public spaces to make them more inviting, this is the place for people to gather, celebrate, and reconnect in a way only experienced in the nation’s capital.

Join an expert panel to hear their big ideas on how to transform the avenue between the White House and U.S. Capitol into a celebratory and inclusive space for all Americans. The multidisciplinary panel will discuss the following topics:

  • Transforming the Avenue into a one-of-a-kind daily experience for Washingtonians and visitors.
  • Using better design to elevate the Avenue’s civic role as a place for democratic expression in the lives of Americans.
  • Positioning the Avenue to showcase the best of our nation’s arts, culture, and entertainment through spectacular events.
  • Leveraging economic strategies and partnerships to make these ideas a reality.

This event is the beginning of a public conversation on a new vision for Pennsylvania Avenue. Additional meetings will be held in late 2021 and into 2022 to gain public input and feedback on potential ideas for the Avenue’s future.

Panelists:

Moderator: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

This meeting will be conducted online using Zoom. You will need to RSVP and include your email address. An invitation to join the meeting will be sent to you prior to the meeting. You may use the Zoom invitation to join online or by phone.  

Lunchtime Learning: Modern Windows and Doors (by Marvin) - Webinar

  • Date

    Wednesday, August 18 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

After attending this course, you'll walk away with a stronger understanding of emerging modern fenestration options, technology, and performance. This presentation will provide a detailed analysis of both existing and upcoming modern fenestration options.


Presenter:

Brooke McGrath, Assoc. AIA, Marvin Architectural Project Manager

Brooke is a graduate of University of North Carolina with B. Arch & BA in Arch. She was an Architectural Designer for the Becker Morgan Group for 6 years, prior to joining Marvin.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how Modern architecture has become a common aesthetic in today’s practice.
  • Analyze how materials and systems of fenestration support modern architectural design.
  • Examine details of different modern fenestration systems; discuss design advantages and disadvantages.
  • Discuss the advantages of different materials used in modern fenestration to meet energy and performance goals.
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DAC Leadership Series: The Invisible Leader - Webinar

  • Date

    Tuesday, June 29 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

The DAC Leadership Series empowers mid-career professionals to take the next step in their careers, which often means new levels of leadership responsibilities. The goal of the series is to offer a variety of presentations, from purely inspirational discussions to hardcore training sessions, by showcasing presentations from the best and brightest of our membership. 

The theme of this year’s series is agility. The profession is undergoing significant changes from all directions. How can leaders and organizations become more nimble? Architects are already well suited to be agile leaders with a creative mindset, thinking about things from the inside out. How can we capitalize on design thinking and use it to improve our emerging leadership and the profession?

The first event of the 2021 DAC Leadership Series will focus on a personal journey to overcome survival mode and thrive while learning on the fly how to manage personal and professional expectations in a pandemic. No leadership book could prepare us for the abrupt shift to work from home. Some flourished while others withered without the daily community of an office environment. As managers, we quickly learned how to transition leadership and communication skills from daily live interactions to reach individuals in their own remote work settings and while trying to keep the interpersonal connections with teams. Now that we are moving back to the office, how will we transition and what successful communication strategies should we be taking with us?


Presenter: Anna Barbour 

Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from The Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a Masters in Architecture from The Virginia Polytechnical Institute. She is Senior Project Manager at Beyer Blinder Belle in Washington, DC.  She has worked on complex projects, focused on design, documentation, and construction for multi-family residential, commercial, and public space projects in the metropolitan DC area. She is an active member of the AIA Northern Virginia, serving on the Board of Directors in 2008, a past chair of the Young Architects Forum and organizer of the ARE Prep series since 2007. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Women in Architecture Committee. She is a scholar from the 2011 Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture class and the 2016 Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore successful strategies to mentor from afar, identifying the needs of team members and  provide the guidance and direction they need to succeed.
  • Identify communication styles of team members and apply elective  strategies and incorporate empathy into daily interactions and appreciating the  humanity of the team: co-worker, client, consultant.
  • Apply collaborative tools to expand team communication and interaction.
  • Investigating how to prioritize the multiple meetings, emails, teams/slack chats and learning to single-task well.

Gettysburg and Its Environs: An Architectural Journey, 1730-Present - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, July 01 2021

  • Time

    6:00pm - 7:15pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Author James J. Fritz presents an architectural survey of historic structures in South Central Pennsylvania. 

Beginning in Lancaster County, at the water’s edge of the Susquehanna River in modern-day Columbia (site of the Native American Shawanah Town), Fritz will move westward across the river into York and Adams counties where early European settlers traveled in search of the frontier and cheaper land. There, they brought some of their knowledge of architecture with them—Scots-Irish and Germanic vernacular features along with Georgian influences. In Gettysburg, which was ravaged during the seminal Battle of Gettysburg, he will address sites connected to Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, the dwelling houses of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and more. 

Many of the early structures in this region are threatened by approaching development. Organizations such as Historic Gettysburg-Adams County and the Land Conservancy of Adams County are educating the public about the importance of the area’s outstanding historic heritage and rustic farmland. Join us and discover through historic maps, images, and informed narrative about the history and beauty of this treasured landscape. 


Presented by: 

James Fritz

James J. Fritz — Author, Historian, lecturer and educator in early Pennsylvania German ethnic religious and architectural history 

James J. Fritz is a historian and author of articles on Quaker history from the English and American periods. He is a lecturer on Pennsylvania German Culture and religion. James holds a bachelor’s degree and earned a Juris Doctorate from Widener University. His master’s degree is in American Studies, History from Pennsylvania State University. James attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA studying for a master’s in Religion. 

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation 


Learning Objectives: 

  • Discover the origin and influences of regional architecture in South Central Pennsylvania.
  • Identify Scots-Irish and Germanic vernacular features.
  • Describe historic sites linked to Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and other notable figures.
  • Explain the importance of preserving areas of outstanding historic heritage and rustic farmland for future generations.

Summer Film Night: 10 Buildings That Changed American Architecture

  • Date

    Friday, July 30 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

This film tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. 

From American architectural stalwarts like Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, to modern revolutionaries Frank Gehry and Robert Venturi, discover prominent buildings designed by pioneering architects of our time, whose legacy is visible in our environmental and cultural landscape. 

Run Time: 56 min 

Year: 2013 

Produced by: Dan Protess 

Hosted by: Geoffrey Baer 


Available on YouTube and PBS. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film on the host site. Links to the film provided in the registration confirmation email.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Architecture Everywhere: Illustrating Architecture - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, July 29 2021

  • Time

    6:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Location

    Virtual

For hundreds of years, artists have illustrated architecture as a form of visual communication using the power of drawing to express their surroundings. Everything from ornamental details and household furniture to building façades and city skylines have been recorded with only a writing instrument and surface. In this presentation, internationally renowned illustrator James Gulliver Hancock will share with us his whimsical drawing style and describe why architecture is the perfect subject to reimagine on paper. 


Presented by: 

james gulliver hancock

James Gulliver Hancock — Illustrator 

James Gulliver Hancock, a well-travelled illustrator known for his playful illustration style, is obsessed with drawing. His obsession with drawing everything in the world has seen him work for major clients around the globe, including Coca-Cola, Sydney Opera House, The New York Times, and more. His work has appeared on everything from train carriages, books, furniture, and clothing to ceramics, boardgames, billboards, and animations. James lives and works in Sydney, Australia with additional studios in Brooklyn, New York and a secret rainforest cabin. 


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation 

This program is part of Architecture Everywhere, a monthly series exploring how architecture comes to life in unexpected ways through other arts and humanities disciplines. Join us each month as we focus on a new theme or topic. Guest speakers present a visual talk, followed by creative exchange with the audience. 


Learning Objectives: 

· Explore illustration as a form of visual communication to convey architectural subjects, scenes, and ideas.

· Identify reasons why architecture may be illustrated.

· Explain ways to observe the built environment and how to translate through drawing.

· Compare the nuances between sketching, drawing, and illustrating in the field and in the studio.

Summer Film Night: Urbanized

  • Date

    Friday, July 23 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:30pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. 

Over half the world's population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain. 

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities. 

Run Time: 1h 25 min 

Year: 2011 

Directed by: Gary Hustwit 


Available on Kanopy, Vimeo, and Amazon. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film on the host site. Links to the film provided in the registration confirmation email.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!