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Lycée Français de Vienne Restructuration et extension du Studio Molière, Vienna, Austria. Courtesy of Atelier Seraji.

Women in Architecture 1974 | 2014

November 7, 2014 - November 9, 2014
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

In 1974, students, scholars, and practitioners from across the country came to Washington University in St. Louis to have courageous conversations about the status of women in architecture and allied fields. On the 40th anniversary of the symposium, there are many achievements to celebrate, questions yet to answer, and compelling reasons to continue the conversation.

Women in Architecture 1974 | 2014 will again bring together these key stakeholders—practioners, scholars, educators, and students—to reflect on the past while addressing the issues of our current era. Nasrine Seraji, founding partner of Atelier Seraji, Architects and Partners and dean of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais, will deliver the keynote lecture, titled As a woman I have no country, as a woman my country is the world of architecture. Several panel discussions and a moderated wrap-up conversation will anchor Saturday's programming. The symposium will conclude with a series of workshops on Sunday.

This symposium is free an open to the public, but all attendees are strongly encouraged to register online. Please note that registration is required for meals and select events. A total of five AIA CEUs are available (one for the keynote lecture, one for each of the four panels).

For those unable to join us in person, we will be live streaming symposium events November 7 and 8. The live stream link will be posted on this page when it's available.

To access bios for the panelists, click here>>

Read the full news release about the symposium>>

Continue the conversation via social media using #WUSTLWIA and #WIA.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, November 7

5:30p Welcome Reception
Kemper Art Museum

6:30p Keynote Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Coral Courts Lecture
WUSTL Assembly Series Lecture
Nasrine Seraji, AA dipl RIBA, Founding Partner, Atelier Seraji, Architects and Partners; Dean, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais
As a woman I have no country, as a woman my country is the world of architecture

Saturday, November 8

8a Breakfast, Conversation, and Connections
Etta's Cafe

9a Welcome, Introduction, and Panel I: Feminisms: Now and Then
Steinberg Auditorium

Explore and contextualize the dynamic histories and discourses of feminism
over the past 40 years as broad and complex spheres of action across
professional and social realms.

Panelists
Sherry Ahrentzen, PhD, DPACSA, Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies, University of Florida
Mary McLeod, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University
Andrea Merrett, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Daphne Spain, James M. Page Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Moderators
Mary McLeod, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University
Eric Mumford
, PhD, Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, Washington University

10:45a Panel II: Women in Architectural Education
Steinberg Auditorium

Examine the contributions made by women to architectural education over the last 40 years, the challenges that remain, and the impact and influence of a shifting student population.

Panelists
Ila Berman, O'Donovan Director, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo; Principal, Scaleshift design.
Laura Briggs, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Architecture, RISD; Partner, BriggsKnowles Studio
Nasrine Seraji, AA dipl RIBA, Founding Partner, Atelier Seraji, Architects and Partners; Dean, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais
Cynthia Weese, FAIA, BS62/BArch65, Professor and Dean, School of Architecture, Washington University 1993-2005; Founding Partner, Weese
Langley Weese

Moderators
Bruce Lindsey, DPACSA, Dean, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Washington University
Heather Woofter, Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Architecture, Washington University; Founding Director and Owner, Axi:Ome

Noon Lunch, Conversation, and Connections
Steinberg Hall Gallery & Etta's Café, Steinberg Hall
Kemper 104, Kemper Art Museum

1p Panel III: Crossing Boundaries
Steinberg Auditorium

Discuss diversity as a catalyst for architecture. Consider the experience of the individual in practice in light of the growing representation of women and minorities, globalization, LGBT awareness, and shifting socioeconomic conditions.

Panelists
Kathryn Anthony, PhD, DPACSA, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wendy Ornelas, FAIA, DPACSA, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Architecture, Planning, and Design, Kansas State University; Principal, Condia + Ornelas Architects
Tom Polucci, MArch94, Director of Interior Design, HOK New York
Michael Willis, FAIA, BA73/MSW76/MArch76, Principal In Charge, MWA Architects Inc.

Moderators
Patty Heyda, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Washington University
Zeuler Lima, PhD, Associate Professor of Architecture, Washington University

2:30p Panel IV: Women in Design Practice
Steinberg Auditorium

Celebrate the achievements of women in the design professions, contemplate remaining challenges, and suggest potential transformations of industry practices.

Panelists
Yolande Daniels, Visiting Professor of Architecture, Washington University; Co-Founding Design Principal, studioSUMO
Kathryn Dean, JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor of Architecture, Washington University; Co-Founding Principal, Dean/Wolf
Sheila Kennedy, Professor of the Practice of Architecture, MIT; Principal, Kennedy & Violich
Beverly Willis, FAIA, Founder, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

Moderators
Elena Cánovas, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Washington University; Principal, asZ arquitectes
Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, MArch78, AIA Resident Fellow on Sustainability; Adjunct Lecturer in Architecture, Washington University

4:30-5:30p Break

5:30-6:30p Celebratory Reception
6:30-8p Moderated Wrap-Up and Continued Conversations
Holmes Lounge, Eads Hall

Toast the 40th anniversary of the 1974 symposium and join wrap-up discussions
that feature the day’s panelists and women organizers of the inaugural event.

1974 Symposium Organizers
Alice Franklin, BA74/MArch77
S. Pearl Freeman, MArch76
Maggi Sedlis Goldstein, MArch75
Janet Hurwitz, BA72/MArch75/MSW75
Hannah Rae Roth, BA70, MArch74
Elise Friedman Shapiro, BA73, MArch75
Mary Welsh, BA74

Moderators
Robert Duffy, BA67, Campaign Director, St. Louis Public Radio
Janet Hurwitz, BA72/MArch75/MSW75, Owner/Principal, Janet Hurwitz Architects
Lindsay Nencheck, BS05/MArch10, Project Coordinator, AMAI Architecture

Sunday, November 9

9a Breakfast, Conversation, and Connections
Etta's Café, Steinberg Hall

10a Workshops, Session I

Creating and Living an Integrated Life, Steinberg Auditorium
Architecture has always demanded much of its professionals, and the 24/7 accessibility that new technology provides makes prioritizing between work and other concerns all the more challenging. This workshop will help you gain new insight and language to manage multiple aspects of your life, including school, work, and restorative practices like exercising and making time for loved ones. The session will look at recognizing energy boundaries in yourself and others, creating norms for school or work environments, and identifying your most important life components.

Session Leaders
Bronwen DiAntonio, PhD, Director, Women's Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness Program, St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Maren Engelmohr, Interiors Project Manager, HOK

Mentors and Mentoring, Givens Hall, Room 113
As a young professional or student, gleaning wisdom from more seasoned professionals can be invaluable to both your architectural career and your overall well-being. This session provides an opportunity to discuss how you might begin and cultivate a relationship with a potential mentor, and what the realistic and beneficial outcomes of such a relationship might be.

Session Leaders
Karen Coburn, Senior Consultant in Residence, Washington University
Liane Hancock, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Louisiana Tech University

Working with Diversity, Givens Hall, Room 118
Architectural practice is increasingly collaborative; firms and other professional architecture enterprises are comprised of diverse groups of people. This workshop focuses on understanding the benefits and challenges of diversity, developing best practices, and communicating clearly and with sensitivity in diverse groups and teams.

Session Leader
Julia Macias Garcia, Associate Director, Student Involvement & Leadership and Director, Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program, Washington University

11:30a Workshops, Session II

Creating and Living an Integrated Life, Steinberg Auditorium
Architecture has always demanded much of its professionals, and the 24/7 accessibility that new technology provides makes prioritizing between work and other concerns all the more challenging. This workshop will help you gain new insight and language to manage multiple aspects of your life, including school, work, and restorative practices like exercising and making time for loved ones. The session will look at recognizing energy boundaries in yourself and others, creating norms for school or work environments, and identifying your most important life components.

Session Leaders
Bronwen DiAntonio, PhD, Director, Women's Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness Program, St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Maren Engelmohr, Interiors Project Manager, HOK

Cross-Cultural Communication, Givens Hall, Room 113
Design projects today often involve joint ventures with foreign firms and clients or commissions in international sites. Working with international offices and jurisdictions requires a capacity for cultural and professional literacy across diverse locations. This session outlines strategies for understanding perspectives of clients, colleagues, and local organizations that you may encounter in international work.

Session Leaders
Young Hie Nahm Kromm, AIA, BA ’69, MArch ’71, Principal Designer, Kromm, Rikimaru and Johansen
Karen Schwelle, Director, English Language Programs, Office for International Students and Scholars, Washington University

Negotiation, Givens Hall, Kemp Auditorium, Room 116
Navigating an architectural career means being able to express your opinions with clarity and strength, even in a public or pressurized situations. This session offers guidelines for building an argument and articulating it with professionalism and cogency. You'll have the opportunity to unpack questions about the particular challenges and opportunities of women as negotiators and how this role may have changed in recent history and in different cultural contexts.

Session Leader
Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, JD, PhD, Professor of Law, School of Law, Washington University 

Women in the Design World Exhibition

In conjunction with the symposium, the Sam Fox School presents Women in the Design World: Work in Progress. The exhibition encompasses a comprehensive timeline of women in architecture, artifacts and videos from the 1974 symposium, maps, and creative work by alumnae and faculty in the field of architecture and beyond. The exhibition acts as historical context for the conversations occurring during the symposium.

WUSTL alumnae are invited to submit images of work—completed in any media—that best represent their creative endeavors. Each submission will consist of 3 images showcasing a single piece of work/project, with a maximum of 2 submissions per alumna. Only electronic submissions can be accepted—no originals, please.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 22. Click here to access the InDesign template and upload your final PDF submission.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Marina Miers at marina.miers@wustl.edu. 

Directions & Parking

The majority of symposium events will take place at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, located at the corner of Skinker and Forsyth Boulevards on Washington University's Danforth Campus.

Visitors who park on campus during the weekend (from 6p Friday to 7a Monday) are permitted to park in yellow zones without displaying a parking permit (with the exception of the Danforth University Center Garage).

There are two yellow zone parking lots located on the Sam Fox School campus: one is adjacent to Givens Hall, and the other is adjacent to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, north of Walker Hall. A map of the Sam Fox School campus is included above.

For detailed information about directions and parking, please click here.

Join the Conversation

In the run-up to the symposium, we want to learn what YOU think about some of the salient issues facing students, educators, and practitioners. We'll be posting questions and prompts on Facebook and Twitter, and encourage you to join the conversation using the hashtags #WUSTLWIA and #WIA.

Sponsorship

Women in Architecture: 1974 | 2014 is sponsored by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

The symposium is supported by a Diversity and Inclusion Grant from WUSTL's Office of the Provost, the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund, Arcturis, DIGI Reprographics USA, Inc., Universal Fibers, and WUSTL Libraries.

 

 

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