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Women in Architecture Breakfast at AIA NC Design Conference
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When: Friday, September 26
7:30 a.m.
Where: The Westin Charlotte
601 S. College Street
Charlotte, NC  28202
Contact: Megan Finke

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Catherine Monroe, AIA LEED AP
The Housing Studio

Vicki Saville, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate VP of Facilities and Construction at CPCC 

Cheryl Walker, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Gantt Huberman Architects, a division of Bergmann Associates

Daniel McNamee, AIA, LEED AP BC+C
Project Architect, Neighboring Concepts 

Ashley Clark, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Marketing Manager at LandDesign, Senior Associate Director the National AIA Board

Dawn Blobaum
Assistant Town Manager at Town of Davidson, NC


Free for AIA Members / Sponsors / Allied Members
Free for AIA NC Design Conference Attendees
$10 for Non-Members

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"Haven't we already heard enough from the same 1%?" 

If our intent as architects and urban designers is to design communities that address the needs, hopes and dreams of the entire diversity of people who live, work and play in them, then we must try harder to include a wider cacophony of voices in the civic dialogue. Public meetings, design charettes and open houses continue to primarily attract traditional audiences dominated by old white men, while most women, people of color, GenXers, and Millenniums remain largely disinterested and unengaged. This session will explore how seemingly benign professional actions can be unintentionally exclusionary, while focusing on the transference of proactive and proven engagement strategies from museums, historic sites, and the arts to our own public design processes. 

Friday, September 26
6th Concurrent Session at 3:30 p.m. 

Learning Objectives:

1.      Learn how to avoid exclusionary actions in professional practice.

2.      Learn about precedents from museums, historic sites, and the arts that have successfully built broader, more diverse audiences, and how those methodologies can be transferred to architecture and urban design projects.

3.      Learn how to build and retain community participation that is more representative of a community’s demographics by identifying shared interests.

4.      Learn how attention to diversity can lead to more sustainable design.  


Speaker bio

As a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission, former Chair of the Public Art Commission, an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of North Carolina, and former Director of the Charlotte Community Design Studio, the off-campus, urban design and public outreach arm of the College of Architecture, Deb Ryan has a 25-year history of assisting communities and their leaders with challenges relating to development, urban open space, and downtown revitalization. A nationally recognized expert on civic engagement and the use of the Web 2.0 in the community planning process, and as the managing principal at Ryan-Harris, Deb has managed the public input campaigns in cities as large as San Jose, CA and across regions as expansive as the Carolina Piedmont. Her work has been published in Landscape Architecture, Children’s Environments Quarterly, Time Magazine, the New York Times, Charlotte Woman, and the Charlotte Business Journal is the author of Small Town Fit: Healthy People Places and Policies and What’s Right About Our Region: Authentic Urbanism in the Carolinas, and is currently under contract with Left Coast Press to write the Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums with UNCC architecture alum Frank Vagnone. Deb was the UNC Charlotte nominee for the O. Max Gardner Award, the honor given to the one member of the 16 campus UNC faculty who has made the greatest contribution to mankind, and was named a Woman of Distinction for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the community in the area of the environment by the Girl Scouts of America. Deb has won five design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and an international prize for campus planning. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from NCSU and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. 


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