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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Building an Equitable Practice from the "Bottom Up"

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Join us for an evening workshop on Thursday, August 22nd for a deep dive on tactical skills for effecting change in your organization. This workshop was originally featured at the #EQxDV Symposium in 2018.


About the Workshop

The traditional “top-down” approach to leadership, where all key decisions are made by senior management, has a trickle down effect on staff. Starting from the “bottom-up”, however, means finding your voice through empowered action at any point in your career journey. 

The bottom-up approach is a grassroots movement that harnesses the power of the many to break down barriers and bring about change. The cumulation of small victories builds the momentum for success. 

Join this panel of change agents to discuss the bottom-up approach to building an equitable workplace. United by an immersive and dynamic experience, participants of this evening workshop will demonstrate their empowered voices through engagement with a visual display.

Meet the Panelists!

Dawn Lederer

Chief Human Resources Officer, Americas at Arup

Dawn Lederer   Dawn Lederer has been a Human Resources professional for 22 years. She is currently the Americas People Leader at Arup leading a 35-person team supporting the delivery of the People strategy for the Americas Region. She has extensive experience in Fortune 500, Global, and private companies. She has been an HR leader in the AEC industry for the past 8 years with proven abilities in building teams, enabling and developing culture and managing change through business growth and consolidation cycles. Her passion is in coaching and developing leaders and helping to drive a mindset of inclusion in the workforce.  She has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology & Counseling from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Riverside. She has recently obtained her Results Based Executive Coaching certification from the Neuro Leadership Institute. In her personal time, she volunteers with her daughter and son as members of the National Charity League and Boys Team Charity contributing time to their local community organizations.

Dawn Lederer has been a Human Resources professional for 22 years.   She is currently the Americas People Leader at Arup leading a 35-person team supporting the delivery of the People strategy for the Americas Region.  She has extensive experience in Fortune 500, Global, and private companies. She has been an HR leader in the AEC industry for the past 8 years with proven abilities in building teams, enabling and developing culture and managing change through business growth and consolidation cycles. Her passion is in coaching and developing leaders and helping to drive a mindset of inclusion in the workforce.  

She has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology & Counseling from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Riverside.   She has recently obtained her Results Based Executive Coaching certification from the Neuro Leadership Institute. In her personal time, she volunteers with her daughter and son as members of the National Charity League and Boys Team Charity contributing time to their local community organizations. 

Catherine Meng, AIA

Architect at DLR Group | Kwan Henmi

Catherine Meng   Catherine Meng is an architect and project manager at DLR Group | Kwan Henmi in San Francisco, California. Her broad design experience includes high-end single-family residences and multi-family housing, and projects in the transportation, workplace, and commercial sectors. Before moving to San Francisco, Catherine practiced in Houston, Shanghai, and New York City.  Catherine is also the creator and host of the Design Voice Podcast, which seeks to elevate and amplify the voices of women in architecture, engineering, and construction. Each episode features honest conversations with women who shape the built environment, unique takes on the state of the professions, stories of career journeys, and more. By sharing her guests' stories, Catherine hopes that her podcast serves as a source of inspiration, education, and empowerment to everyone in, or aspiring to join, these professions.  Catherine is active in the San Francisco community. She co-chairs the Rising Leaders Committee for CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) San Francisco, and serves on the Board of the Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California. She also participated in the ACE Mentor Program and is an active supporter of the San Francisco Symphony.  Catherine received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, infant daughter, and maltipoo.

Catherine Meng is an architect and project manager at DLR Group | Kwan Henmi in San Francisco, California.  Her broad design experience includes high-end single-family residences and multi-family housing, and projects in the transportation, workplace, and commercial sectors.  Before moving to San Francisco, Catherine practiced in Houston, Shanghai, and New York City.

Catherine is also the creator and host of the Design Voice Podcast, which seeks to elevate and amplify the voices of women in architecture, engineering, and construction.  Each episode features honest conversations with women who shape the built environment, unique takes on the state of the professions, stories of career journeys, and more. By sharing her guests' stories, Catherine hopes that her podcast serves as a source of inspiration, education, and empowerment to everyone in, or aspiring to join, these professions.

Catherine is active in the San Francisco community.  She co-chairs the Rising Leaders Committee for CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) San Francisco, and serves on the Board of the Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California.  She also participated in the ACE Mentor Program and is an active supporter of the San Francisco Symphony.

Catherine received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband, infant daughter, and maltipoo.

Morgan Pegus-Thomas

Workplace Experience Manager at Gensler

Morgan Pegus-Thomas   Morgan Pegus-Thomas strives to elevate conversations that tell the story of the human condition. In bygone years, we shared our history, lessons and warnings by word of mouth and through engaging storytelling. These stories ultimately came to affect our culture. They tell of our existence, offer advice and ultimately engage our condition. At their root, stories are what bind us to our past.  By itself, technology is simply a tool that's purpose is for the betterment of the human condition. Morgan uses technology as a tool to dynamically advance a narrative. She wants to share dialogues of what is plaguing, advancing, assisting, trending and challenging the human condition and maximize these stories with dynamic imagery, installations and performance. Working within design Morgan believes we have the tools and resources to really lead the way in being the modern storytellers of our age.  We live in a world of constant distraction. Morgan works to create a space that binds bygone storytelling with technology to create a more engaged, informed and impactful experience.

Morgan Pegus-Thomas strives to elevate conversations that tell the story of the human condition. In bygone years, we shared our history, lessons and warnings by word of mouth and through engaging storytelling. These stories ultimately came to affect our culture. They tell of our existence, offer advice and ultimately engage our condition. At their root, stories are what bind us to our past.

By itself, technology is simply a tool that's purpose is for the betterment of the human condition. Morgan uses technology as a tool to dynamically advance a narrative. She wants to share dialogues of what is plaguing, advancing, assisting, trending and challenging the human condition and maximize these stories with dynamic imagery, installations and performance. Working within design Morgan believes we have the tools and resources to really lead the way in being the modern storytellers of our age. 

We live in a world of constant distraction. Morgan works to create a space that binds bygone storytelling with technology to create a more engaged, informed and impactful experience.

Natalie Tse

Project Manager at Tipping Structural Engineers

Natalie Tse   Natalie Y. Tse is a California Licensed Structural Engineer with a broad range of design experience in educational, commercial/retail, residential, science and technology sectors. She is a Project Manager at Tipping Structural Engineers in Berkeley, California. Her portfolio includes the structural design, assessment, and seismic retrofit of over 35 school campuses, a mission critical laboratory and office building, and the design of a new wood-framed cathedral over concrete post-tensioned podium. Natalie is deeply passionate about innovative solutions, well-integrated and cost-effective designs, responsiveness during construction, and open communication. She is profoundly committed to learning, mentoring, building strong relationships, family, and giving back to the community. In 2015, Natalie co-founded the SE3 Project, a project established to understand and mitigate issues of employee engagement and retention, advancement, work-life balance, and gender equity in the structural engineering profession. Natalie received her BSE in Engineering and Mathematics from Queen’s University in Canada in 2002.

Natalie Y. Tse  is a California Licensed Structural Engineer with a broad range of design experience in educational, commercial/retail, residential, science and technology sectors.  She is a Project Manager at Tipping Structural Engineers in Berkeley, California. Her portfolio includes the structural design, assessment, and seismic retrofit of over 35 school campuses, a mission critical laboratory and office building, and the design of a new wood-framed cathedral over concrete post-tensioned podium. Natalie is deeply passionate about innovative solutions, well-integrated and cost-effective designs, responsiveness during construction, and open communication.  She is profoundly committed to learning, mentoring, building strong relationships, family, and giving back to the community.

In 2015, Natalie co-founded the SE3 Project, a project established to understand and mitigate issues of employee engagement and retention, advancement, work-life balance, and gender equity in the structural engineering profession. Natalie received her BSE in Engineering and Mathematics from Queen’s University in Canada in 2002.

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Intersectionality / Intercultural Intelligence Workshop 2.0
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Intersectionality / Intercultural Intelligence Workshop 2.0

Photo by Wanda Lau

Photo by Wanda Lau

Back by popular demand, we will reconvene our discussion on Intersectionality and Intercultural Intelligence as essential skills towards advancing equitable practice and more successful design outcomes in the built environment.

Stay tuned for full Workshop Agenda in the coming weeks. We will also bring out the Intersectionality Role Plays scenarios to hone our skills for greater understanding.

Intersectionality—a theory by renowned civil rights expert and law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw that social categorizations such as race, class, and gender interconnect and create overlapping and interdependent systems of disadvantage—is a fundamental framework for rethinking and redesigning power structures after #MeToo.

Intercultural Intelligence -, or ICI, is a term that is used for the capability to function effectively in culturally diverse settings and consists of different dimensions (metacognitivecognitivemotivational and behavioral) which are correlated to effectiveness in global environment (cultural judgement and decision making, cultural adaptation and task performance in culturally diverse settings).[1]

Program:

This 1.5 hour session will be learning about the evolving mindset of intersectionality and intercultural intelligence in advancing equitable practice. We will explore the theory of intersectionality and understand its importance in disrupting bias and the erasure of complex identities - (ie., mixed race, transgender/gender queer, etc). We will also learn about the theory of intercultural intelligence, which creates a framework for developing understanding, empathy and importance of understanding the complexity of culture in a context beyond race/ethnicity. We will shape the session around relevant storytelling of intersectional identities and then have a workshop Role/Play to directly explore how intersectionality and intercultural intelligence can inform equity activism, encourage dialogue, and promote inclusivity.

Registration:

We will be offering 1.5 CEU’s for this Session and Light Evening Refreshments

$15 for AIASF Members

$20 for General Registration


Panelists Bios

Helen Bronston, AIA

Associate and Architecture Discipline Lead at SmithGroup

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Helen serves as Director of Architecture for the San Francisco office of SmithGroupJJR, where she is an associate.  Raised in Wisconsin, she holds a BA in Anthropology from Yale, and an MArch from Harvard, where she was awarded the AIA Adams Medal. Over her 26-year career she has worked exclusively for non-profit educational, healthcare, and governmental organizations, for that is where she has felt she can do the most good for the greatest number of people. She is currently serving on the board of directors for Joan’s House, a newly-forming shelter for transgender women who have been incarcerated. Her experience transitioning gender as an architect was profiled in the San Francisco Business Times on 12 June 2015. Unable to leave school behind, Helen is also very slowly writing a PhD dissertation in History of Architecture at UC Berkeley.

Mani A. Farhadi, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Senior Facilities Planner, Stanford University

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A global thinker and creative thought leader, Mani Ardalan Farhadi brings three decades of experience in architectural planning. In her current role as Senior Facilities Planner at Stanford University, in the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (OFPM) within the School of Medicine, Mani is combining her passion for education, with her extensive planning skills. Her prior experience includes Taylor Design in San Francisco, Steinberg Hart in San Jose, and Sasaki Associates in Boston. Using analytical skills, she is integral to campus projects, collaborating on design and planning strategies with public and private educational clients throughout the US. Described as ‘the client in the room”, Mani’s keen ability to listen builds consensus within user group settings. Leveraging her expertise, Mani enjoys leading workshops, stakeholder presentations, and conferences nationwide (SCUP, AIA, EQXD, CCFC, CCLC, A4LE, SPUR).

Prescott Reavis, NOMA, LEEP AP, SEED

Founding Director of Anomili Design + Planning

Prescott Reavis is an Oakland based Spatial Activist, designer, planner and award-winning educator who has merged over 20 years of experiences in architecture, planning, and education to develop and construct inclusive communities internationally with a focus on equitable design and planning justice. Prescott leads, Anomili Design + Planning, providing community engagement, planning, design and youth design education for non-profits, small business, and community-based organizations, projects include Planning, Community Engagement and Design for The Oakland Black Cultural Zone, and Community Planning/education in collaboration with The Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley, Y-PLAN program throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mr. Reavis previously served as the Director of Community Planning and Project Manager for national renowned Public Interest Design Organization AND Architecture + Community Planning, an Associate at Anshen + Allen Architects. Prescott is accredited in Sustainable Design, certified in Social Economic Environmental Design, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in education from Howard University and is currently completing his Masters in Urban Planning from San Jose State University with a focus on integrating youth in the planning and design processes.

Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion SmithGroup / AIASF Immediate Past-President 2018

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Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA is a Principal at SmithGroup and Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion. She is also AIASF President and Founding Chair of Equity by Design. As a licensed architect with 23 years of experience in architecture and design, Rosa has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Most notably Rosa has led a national movement for equitable practice in Architecture - catalyzed by ground-breaking research, engaging platforms and public speaking outreach nationally and abroad. National press coverage of Rosa’s work with Equity by Design include Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

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#EQxDV - Pre-Symposium Workshop "AIA Guides to Equitable Practice"
Nov
2
12:30 PM12:30

#EQxDV - Pre-Symposium Workshop "AIA Guides to Equitable Practice"

As a special #EQxDV Pre-Symposium Workshop - We are offering an additional session prior to the Symposium. Please note that registration is separate from the 11/3 Saturday Symposium programming. So, you don’t have to be signed up for #EQxDV to register for this event. Those who are attending on Saturday and arriving early are encouraged to register for this additional event.

AIA Guides to Equitable Practice

Are you interested in building a more equitable workplace, but unsure of how to start? Do you have expertise on an equity issue that could benefit others? Join us to learn how to leverage the AIA’s new Guides for Equitable Practice to transform your career and your firm!

Participants will gain hands-on experience exploring key concepts addressed in the first release of the Guides, including assessment techniques and actionable strategies for improving workplace culture, promoting cultural competence, mitigating implicit bias, and achieving pay equity.  Together, we will collaborate to devise implementation strategies at multiple scales, and to imagine the possibilities for their use by current and future leaders at all levels of practice.

Presenters:

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA - AIA National Board - Director at Large and Chair AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee

Annelise Pitts, AIA - AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee

Karen E. Williams, AIA - AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee


About the Guides to Equitable Practice -

Based on the recommendations from the AIA Equity in Architecture Commission Report, the guides will provide architects and firms with guidance on best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion principles, and how those values can be a part of any architectural practice. They will address such issues as career progression, work culture, leadership development, pay equity, talent recruitment and more. Topics under work culture include attention to specific areas such as professional ethics and sexual harassment.

More Info about the Guides

Pricing + Registration:

AIASF Member $35

General Admission $40

Lunch will be provided prior to the workshop.

CEUs - 3.75 AIA Learning Credits will be provided

Learning Objectives -

  • From this session, participants will be actively engage peers in a number of participatory design exercises intended to facilitate reviewing both completed guides and templates for future publication,

  • From this session, participants will evaluate content clarity and practicability and surfacing critical issues that have yet to be addressed.

  • From this session, participants will gain knowledge on how to apply the guides to equitable practice their own respective practices, beginning with assessment and following with actionable ways to implement frameworks to address key topics covered in each chapter

  • From this session, participants will understand the overall structure of the guides as a resource to advance equitable frameworks to apply to professional practice.


First-time registrants for AIA Programming :

Everyone is welcome to attend our programs. You do not need to be an AIA member to register, but you will need to create an account on the aiasf.org website here (you will need this to sign up for all AIA events); AIASF members will automatically have a profile on the AIASF website. You do not need to be an AIA member to register with the website or to attend events - everyone is welcome. While logged into your account, complete your registration by clicking the "register" button at the top right of this page.

If you have any difficulties creating a profile on the AIASF website, logging in, or registering for an event, please contact the AIASF reception at info@aiasf.org.



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