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EQxD Workshop: The Power of our Stories to Create Change

  • Ratcliff Architects 5856 Doyle Street Emeryville, CA, 94608 United States (map)

In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #TimesUp, and  #NeverAgain, we see the power of shared collective experience to foster activism and create a movement for change. In this workshop we’ll consider the art of storytelling, both from a nuts-and-bolts structural perspective and in terms of its importance as a catalyst for change. Our stories differentiate us and can impact others. Storytelling is a skill onto itself, and memorable stories underlie activism and inspire action. In the context of career dynamics and pinch points identified in the 2016 EQxD survey findings, we will use the workshop framework to craft and share our stories.


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Patricia Alarcón, AIA | Associate Principal, Ratcliff

Patricia is an architect with over 23 years of experience and is a leader of Ratcliff's academic practice. For the past decade, she has focused on public higher education work, on a variety of project types including teaching labs, classrooms, libraries, and learning centers. Mom to Lucia (13) and Marco (10), Patricia is dedicated to creating academic environments that positively engage students and teachers and inspire curiosity and learning. She has taught at CCA and has served on the Board of Directors of the Architectural Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Park Day School in Oakland.

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Nancy Malone, AIA, LEED Fellow | Principal, Siegel & Strain Architects

Nancy has dedicated her 28-year career to designing beautiful, regionally appropriate, high-performance buildings. She has focused much of the last 15-years on outdoor education camps, interpretive centers and education facilities. Nancy has taught Design at the University of California, Davis and in the School of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on several Technical Advisory Groups creating or advising on green building standards, including the LEED-NC MRTAG, the LEED-H MRTASC, and the GreenPoint Rated system. Nancy is an Oakland native with a passion for maintaining the character and creative vitality of the Bay Area and ensuring that her teenage daughter lives in the ‘actual’ world.  

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Beth Nelson, AIA, LEED AP | Senior Project Manager, Ratcliff

Beth is a registered architect with over 17 years of experience in a wide array of project types. She has a particular interest in projects that give back to the community.  An avid traveler, Beth recently completed her goal of visiting all 50 states. In late 2014, she relocated to California from the East Coast to be closer to family. She studied at Princeton University and the University of Virginia.

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Jessica Jobe Sea | Architect, Noll & Tam Architects

Jessica is a licensed architect with over six years of experience. She has worked on a range of projects: from research labs to hospitals, libraries to office renovations. Jessica has a passion for sustainable design and community-based design. She likes to get the perspective of people outside of architecture – they challenge her to look at things in a different way, and she finds that incorporating these perspectives helps her understand how to move the industry forward.