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EQxD: Chart Your Path 2.0 - Developing a Road Map for Success


Join us for the last workshop of our 2019 EQxD Workshop Series on Wednesday October 16, 2019 for a hands on, self-reflective evening to learn essential tools for integrated career planning. This workshop was featured at the #EQxDV Symposium in 2018 and features both original workshop leaders Lilian Asperin and Jill Bergman with veterans from the 2018 workshop who will be sharing how they have leveraged the mapping skills this past year to advance their careers.


About the Workshop

From navigating day to day work/life challenges to mapping strategic career goals, charting your professional development, assessing periodically, and correcting your course can increase the likelihood for sustainable career satisfaction and success. During this session, you will gain insight from architects who have used career mapping tools to navigate goals, options and challenges within their own career trajectory.

You will learn and apply tools for strategic goal setting in your professional development as well as techniques/ideas for the immediate challenges of reconciling work/life conflicts which have more impact than you think. Working together, participants will map these macro and micro career mapping approaches highlighting connections between individual goals, prioritizing in both personal and professional contexts for realizing a rewarding and positive results.

Learning Objectives - 1.5 AIA CEU/LU

  1. Participants will be able to analyze data from career dynamics survey results, identify issues and frame problem statements related to pinch points in career dynamics.

  2. Using examples shared by session leaders and question prompts participants will develop methods for articulating and negotiating professional development goals with senior leaders/employers

  3. Participants will determine how to identify resources and prioritize workflow into immediate, short-term and long-term milestones.

  4. Participants will assess work/life conflicts and learn strategies to better navigate challenges in their professional and personal lives.

Meet our Presenters


Lilian Asperin, AIA

Partner, WRNS

As a partner at WRNS, Lilian helps lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. Lilian attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her BA in Environmental Design and graduated with honors. After completing her studies, Lilian worked at architecture firms around the Bay Area. Long-time engagements within the Society for College and University Planning have provided her a platform for collegial exploration of the most salient topics in Higher Education. In her role as Pacific Regional Chair, Lilian has led deep dive, topic-based regional conferences and symposia including: “Does the Campus Matter? How to Plan in the Age of EdTech,” “Student UX: User Experience,” and “Transformations: Put ting Student Engagement First.”

Contact: asperin@wrnsstudio.com


Jill Bergman, AIA

Principal, HDR Inc.

Jill is a Principal at HDR and an ACHA board certified healthcare architect. She earned her Master in Architecture degree at Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program. An experienced healthcare architect and facilitator, Jill is well versed in leading health facility projects of all types, workshops of all sizes, integrated teams, managing group dynamics and synthesizing visions, goals and content. She believes architectural design is a team sport; that hospitals are small magical cities; a short, well run meeting is a thing of beauty; and the intersection of data and buildings will grow exponentially in the next few years. Jill is an avid storyteller and speaker, having presented at a wide variety of professional conferences and gatherings on topics around healthcare architecture and career mentoring. Her storytelling also landed her in 3rd place in an NYC MOTH Story Slam. She has initiated Oreo Tuesdays at every office where she has worked; stop by one Tuesday and have a cookie and a chat.


Anja Hämäläinen, SAFA

Project Manager at Walker Warner Architects

Originally from Finland, Anja earned her Master of Science degree in Architecture from the Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University). To counterbalance her studies in Finland, Anja spent a year in 2001 working abroad at an architecture office in Baltimore, sparking an interest in a life and career overseas. Returning to Finland to finish her degree and license, she continued to work on award-winning competitions, and residential, urban planning and design projects at Helsinki-based architecture firms. Since moving to the United States in 2011, Anja has been working on high end residential projects with Walker Warner Architects both in the Bay Area and in Mexico. Now a project manager on an extensive San Francisco renovation, she gets to train the next generation of female architects on her team. After work she enjoys learning new creative skills in pottery, visual arts, and silversmithing.

Contact: anja@walkerwarner.com

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Gloria Kim, RA, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager at Walker Warner Architects 

Gloria Kim is a Senior Project Manager at Walker Warner Architects, where she enjoys collaborating with colleagues to produce custom design solutions for everyday living.  Since earning a BArch from Cornell University, she has worked in New York and the Bay Area on a wide variety of projects at DBOX, CDR Studio Architects, Andrew Mann Architecture, and SOM.  18 years of experience have shaped her interest in the personalized and intimate quality of architecture afforded by the custom residential sector. Gloria is inspired to work alongside others to advance the conversation of an equitable practice and elevate design for the community.   She previously served on the Steering Committee of the Organization of Women Architects and currently maintains a position on the Facilities Board at her local church.  She is also a wife, mother of two boys, and native Oakland resident who appreciates nature and practices yoga.

Contact: gkim@walkerwarner.com

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Devon Miller

Landscape Designer at Groundworks Office

Devon Miller is a landscape designer at Groundworks Office where she strives to create authentic, equitable spaces that celebrate the human spirit and the elements we inhabit. Her early career focused on placemaking and community-building in Rhode Island where she worked as a designer at the Providence Parks Department. Committed to education, Devon taught design and architecture studios at the Boston Architectural College and to underserved women and girls throughout India and in the California juvenile system. She’s been awarded grants from Rhode Island School of Design, Dining for Women and Silicon Valley Community Foundation for her collaborative design and education initiatives and has completed trainings in all-gender design within the built environment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History from Wellesley College, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. 

Contact: devon@groundworksoffice.com


Laura Stedman

Associate, WRNS Studio

Laura Stedman is an Associate at WRNS Studio in San Francisco, and has 14 years of experience in architecture and design. She previously worked at Vinoly Architects and Vito Acconci Studio in New York City, where her work focused on early concept design and strategy development for buildings and art installations across Europe and the U.S.  Today Laura leads projects across various sectors and building types, including hallmark projects for Dolby, Stanford University, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Merced and U.C. Berkeley. Laura has experience working within various project delivery models, including Public-Private Partnerships, and recently presented on this topic at the 2019 SCUP National Conference, Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art, where she received a scholarship to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.  She completed her Masters of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, where she was awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, and the Honors Award for Excellence in Design. 

Contact: lstedman@wrnsstudio.com