A3: ADVOCACY: Define | Discover | Do
Advocacy can occur at a number of scales, from advocating for ourselves, to fostering environments where everyone can speak up, to working collectively nationally or profession-wide. In this break-out, session leaders will present case studies that illustrate these different scales of advocacy. . Through participatory exercises attendees will discover ways to test and implement advocacy at each of these scales. The session will conclude with a conversation about insights gained through the case studies and exercises, leaving participants better equipped to actively advocate in small ways and large.
Like all of us, Jame wears lots of labels: architect, artist, spouse, mom. She is currently an Architect at SmithGroupJJR, focusing on Museums, Visitors Centers, and Interpretive Places. Jame recently made the transition back to private practice after working as an Architect at the National Gallery of Art for 13 years. Jame has delivered talks about career, life, and work intersections: at Wake Forest University and for the Visual Voices Series at George Mason University. She has also contributed to the EQxD Blog and is on the coordinating committee of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Summit to be held in her home city of Washington DC. Jame holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Wake Forest University and an M-Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives in the DC burbs with her spouse Neel and 9 year old fiddle playing daughter and hero, Clare.
Professor, Syracuse University and Co-Founder ArchiteXX
Lori Brown’s creative practice focuses on the relationships between architecture and social justice issues with particular emphasis on gender and its impact upon spatial relationships. She is the co-founder and leads ArchiteXX, www.architexx.org, a women and architecture group in New York City. Her two books include Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture, an edited collection of a group of international women designers and architects employing feminist methodologies in their creative practices and Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals exploring highly securitized spaces and the impact of legislation and the First Amendment’s affect upon such places. She is co-editing the Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture with Dr. Karen Burns. Through ArchiteXX she is also collaborating with the Australian group Parlour and the German group N-Ails to write more women architects into Wikipedia. She is a Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University and is a registered architect in the state of New York.
Architect, HOK San Francisco
Ellen is an architect currently working on Science and Technology projects, but has experience in a range of market sectors from aviation, academic, municipal, and residential architecture. Most recently, she worked on the Salt Lake City Terminal Redevelopment Project. Estimated at $1.8 billion, this highly efficient, 1.7 million sq. ft. terminal building and new concourse will replace the existing buildings and serve up to 23 million passengers per year. In her work, Ellen is passionate about leveraging technology to result in thoughtful, creative design solutions. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received the Gordon T. Little fellowship.
Francis buys groceries by serving as the Managing Principal of architecture+, a 30+ person collective pretending to be a capitalist organization. architecture+ has been named a Best Place to Work in New York’s Capital Region for each of the past nine years. Architect Magazine ranked architecture+ as number 32 in their listing of the top 50 firms nationally on the basis of business and cultural practices. Mr. Pitts has earned a small reputation for his skills in designing libraries (he's an avid reader) and for his work with facilities designed for the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and criminally insane (to know him is to understand why). Pending the onset of a midlife crisis, Mr. Pitts has served as the President of the Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects. He currently serves as National Vice President of the American Institute of Architects.