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Calendar | 2019

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Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Alive and Adaptive: OWA+DP | 45 Years - SPECIAL EVENT FOR MEMBERS!


Hubbell Street Galleries
161,151,&131 Hubbell Street
San Francisco

Everyone is welcome to join OWA members from across the years at a reception to entertain the question "Now What?!" surrounded by the context of the history of activist organizations.

Sparked in a context of feminism, the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals has annals of actions recorded in 45 years of newsletters and an extensive current and historical website. Although many early members hold the more activist organizing years as dear, the changing members have adapted the activities of the organization to their needs.

*** RSVP required, as space is limited. Please RSVP here.

This event is a part of the exhibition, Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968, an exhibition by ArchiteXX. Now What?! is the first exhibition to examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years. The exhibition content, conversations, and stories will inspire a new generation of design professionals to see themselves as agents of change by looking at the past to see new ways forward.

Curated by Lori Brown, Andrea Merrett, Roberta Washington, and Sarah Rafson. Project management by Point Line Projects. Find out more about the exhibition at nowwhat-architexx.org.

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Now What Event! Advocacy Activism and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968


Hubbell Street Galleries
161,151,&131 Hubbell Street
San Francisco

Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:30 PM
Friday, December 14, 2018 2:30 PM
Hubbell Street Galleries

Now What?! is the first exhibition to examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years. The exhibition content, conversations, and stories will inspire a new generation of design professionals to see themselves as agents of change by looking at the past to see new ways forward.

An exhibition by ArchiteXX.

Sun, Dec 16, 2018

OWA EVENT: OWA Holiday Party - San Francisco


San Francisco

Join us for the OWADP 2018 Holiday Celebration!!

The party is free but members are invited to RSVP by the end of the day Friday December 14th to get the ticket here. Ticket will be required for entry. Each member can bring only one guest.

Similar to previous holiday seasons, OWA will support Hamilton Family Center. Established in 1985, Hamilton Families is San Francisco’s leading service provider to homeless families, with carefully designed programs to prevent homelessness, provide shelter and stability, return families to permanent housing and support the well-being of children experiencing homelessness.

This year, we are honored to have been matched with two families! Please click on the Wishlist to sign up for a gift you'd like to purchase and bring to the holiday party! Guidelines are included in the link provided.

Looking forward to seeing you on December 16th!

OWADP 2018 Steering Committee: Spring, Helen, Conyee, Hannah, Bridget and Maryam


Sat, Jan 19, 2019

OWA+DP: Women's March San Francisco 2019


San Francisco, CA

Kick-start 2019 at the Women's March in San Francisco, under the OWA+DP banner.

For information regarding 'Unity Principles or Why We March?' please visit this page:


Gathering Time: 11:30am
Gathering Location: San Francisco Civic Center Plaza
198 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102
At the intersection of Fulton & Larkin Streets

Directions: The closest metro/BART station to the Rally & March lineup area is Civic Center/UN Plaza station. The closest metro/BART station to the end of the March is either Embarcadero station or Montgomery station.

Please note: we anticipate rain and that there will not be any cell phone reception.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Also, a friendly remember to renew your OWA+DP membership for 2019.

The OWA+DP 2019 Steering Committee

Wed, Feb 6, 2019
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Out of Place: The Power of Art in Unexpected Spaces | An Evening with Cheryl Haines


University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall - FR 120 - Xavier Auditorium

Join the University of San Francisco for an evening with Cheryl Haines, founding executive director of FOR-SITE, as she speaks about her experiences presenting thought-provoking artwork in non-traditional public spaces.

Haines’s curatorial work challenges us to reexamine how we think about place, while emphasizing the role that artists play in fostering dialogue about the environment and human rights. Current and past site-specific installations and exhibitions include Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire, Wood Line, and Tree Fall in the Presidio; @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, Ai Weiwei’s transformation of Alcatraz Island, and group shows in former military batteries and chapels. From sanctuary to freedom of expression, FOR-SITE’s projects address important cultural issues that resonate on both a personal and collective level.

Presented by the University of San Francisco’s Department of Art + Architecture, Museum Studies Program, Art History/Arts Management Program and Thacher Gallery in conjunction with Quiet Spaces: Picturing Sanctuary in the Illustrated Book and in celebration of the gallery’s 20th anniversary season.

Wed, Feb 27, 2019

OWA+DP Factory OS Tour, Feb 27th


Building 680 1245 Nimitz Avenue, Vallejo, CA, 94592

The Bay Area is not alone in experiencing a Housing Crisis, and building more low-income units of quality, is paramount. Could Factory OS, a new venture between Rick Holliday and Larry Pace, help in this effort?

Factory OS, located on Mare Island in Vallejo, is hoping to revolutionize wood construction of multi-family/ mid-rise projects in the Bay Area utilizing factory-built, modular construction.


"We’re building more affordable homes, creating local jobs, and funding innovation."

Join other OWA+DP members in a tour of Factory OS and see in person, exactly how more efficient and cost-effective modular construction could be and whether it is suitable for your next project.

Event Details:
The tour is limited to 20 people and given the remote location, car pooling will be arranged.
Please use the link below to the Eventbrite page for additional details and to register for the Tour.

Registration will close 12noon on Tuesday 26th.


Additional questions, please email: email.owadp@gmail.com

Sat, Mar 2, 2019
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

If the land could speak...


The DeTurk Round Barn
819 Donahue St, Santa Rosa

The Land and Me - Public Performance Event!

The DeTurk Round Barn
819 Donahue St, Santa Rosa

It's Free - Please Register HERE

Join us for this interactive performance event, created by local artists, musicians, dancers, and thinkers, featuring live music, interactive creative experiences, dance, poetry and participatory performances with:
Eki Shola . Ben Roots . Nancy Lyons . Ernesto M. Garay . Carole Flaherty . Susan Cornelis . Margie Purser . Irma Bijou . Lea Goode-Harris . Kasia Apolinarski Krzykawska . Dustin Ordway . Aimée Otterson . Jared Wiltse . Carol Mancke . Trena Noval

Bring along your families, neighbors, and friends to note and celebrate some of the ways that the richly diverse Santa Rosa community has responded to the 2017 fires through renewed connections to the land.

CONTRIBUTE to the PERFORMANCE - please bring a small object you found on the land that can fit in your hand to share at the event!


If the land could speak... is the final of three public events of The Land and Me, a public art project, organized by Carol Mancke and Trena Noval and commissioned by Santa Rosa Art in Public Places as part of the Fire Response - Round 1 Public Art Initiative.

Tue, Mar 26, 2019

OWA+DP Presents "Practicing Values"


AIA East Bay
1405 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612

"Practicing Values", a business forum exploring how you structure your practice to support your values.

In this forum, panelists from around the Bay Area will discuss how they came to structure their practices based on individual and professional values. The business structures relevant to the Architectural Profession that will be discussed include B-Corporations, Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPS), and Cooperatives.

The Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals’ mission is to support women designers in all aspects of their professional and personal life. This event is proudly mission-oriented. Together with our Hosts AIA East Bay, and guests Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Richmond, we strive to support and provide opportunities for women and minorities into leadership positions and financial independence. This event is open to all.

To Register and for more details, please visit:


Sat, Apr 20, 2019
1:00pm-4:00 pm

Rethinking the American Front Yard: A Hands-On Workshop


machinaloci space
1721 63rd Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

Through this hands-on and interactive workshop, we will be exploring the spatial and cultural history of the American front yard and how it is changing because of culture, immigration, and climate. By way of a series of sensory and model-building activities, we will explore new possibilities for this ubiquitous but underutilized space within the American urban and suburban landscape. Additionally, this event will serve as a kick-off and inauguration for the machinaloci space - South Berkeley, the sister space to machinaloci - London.

To Register please visit:

Fri, May 17, 2019

CCA 2019 Commencement Celebration + Exhibition Opening:


The Nave, San Francisco campus, 1111 Eighth Street

Commencement Celebration + Exhibition Opening: Saturday, May 18th, 6-10pm

The 2019 Commencement Celebration + Exhibition Opening is a time for family and friends to gather on CCA’s San Francisco Campus to celebrate the graduating class of 2019. Enjoy drinks and bites while you view an expansive range of work by 200+ undergraduate and graduate students across CCA’s four Divisions: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences.

The 2019 Commencement Exhibition is on view May 17-20, 10am-6pm, as well as during the May 18 opening reception.

Click here for more details.

Tue, Jun 11, 2019

Women and Leadership in Design by CMG Landscape Architecture


CMG Landscape Architecture
444 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Join us for CMG’s third salon, an evening of honest conversation focusing on Women and Leadership in Design. This event will bring together landscape architects, architects and urban designers to discuss how we can create more equitable design practices, and the bold professional models firms are developing to support the growth of women leaders.

Karen Alschuler | Consulting Principal, Perkins + Will

Laura Crescimano | Co-founder / Principal, SITELAB Urban Studio

Cinda Gilliland | Principal and President, Reed Gilliland

Akiko Ono | Associate, Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Allison Arieff | Editorial Director, SPUR and contributing columnist to the New York Times

Please register here.

Thu, Jun 27, 2019
5:30 pm-7:30 pm



San Francisco Main Library
Stong Conference Room on Floor 1

We are excited to announce that the two archivists, Samantha Winn and Aaron Purcell, Ph.D. will come to the San Francisco Bay Area in late June of 2019 and be available to consult with women architects and, if applicable, their male office partners, about their donation of records to the IAWA. They will give an introductory presentation for OWADP members and others interested in the Archive at a public meeting on:

Recording your history is rewarding however it takes some preparation to preserve your work records and donate them to an archive, but in June two archivists from the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) will come to the Bay Area and help you!

Younger and older women architects are encouraged to think about filling the gap in architectural history by saving their work and contributing it to an archive.
The archivists will be available for individual consultations either Thursday June 27, or Friday June 28 at locations yet to be determined. They will EVEN accept collections you have selected and packed for mailing and they will ship them from here to the IAWA so that you do not have to deal with it nor pay for it. This event will make it easier for you to make a donation of your work to the IAWA.

Please register here!

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

AIASF - Let's Talk Architecture


AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter St
San Francisco, California 94109

The LiA Let’s Talk architecture series brings together successful leaders to share their professional experience in architecture with the audience. The panel will inspire young architects and engage other design professionals in an open conversation about the realities and challenges of being a minority in the architectural profession.

To register:

Fri, Sep 13, 2019
4:00 pm

OWA EVENT: OWA Annual Retreat


Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma, California,

13-15 September 2019,
OWA+DP Retreat 2019
Celebrating the Legacy and Community of OWA+DP
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals


2019 will be our 31st year hosting the OWA+DP retreat.

We are pleased to invite you to this year at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch. Enjoy an amazing 3 day weekend of fun, arts & craft, great food, workshop, fitness, music, dancing, connecting with other amazing women professionals and more!

Sat, Dec 7, 2019
4:00 pm-7:00 pm

OWA EVENT: OWA Holiday Party - East Bay


East Bay

Join us for the OWADP 2019 Holiday Celebration!!

The party is free but members are invited to RSVP. More information coming soon. Please stay tuned!

Looking forward to seeing you on December 7th!

the 2019 Steering Committee:
Betty Woo, Leslie Golden, Maryam Moayery Nia, Carolyne Orazi, Allison Kinst, Bridget Basham and Claire Hansen

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