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The Newsletter: to Mail or not to Mailby The Editor | Print | Email
Last month we mailed hard copies of the newsletter to all current paid members. We may decide to mail the newsletter from time to time if the issue warrants it. PLEASE let me know your opinion about this, and if you would like NOT to receive hard copies of newsletters in future, please send me an email to that effect and I will keep you off the mailing labels.
ANNUAL MEETING CHANGE OF VENUE!by Allison Kinst | Print | Email
* Please note the previously announced business meeting location has changed; the meeting will now be held at 3676 20th Street in San Francisco
Please join us on Tuesday, October 20th for the Annual Business Meeting of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals!
We will be voting on new members to the Steering Committee and the annual operating budget for 2016. We will also be discussing any programs and ideas you would like to see for 2016 and discussing some exciting new projects the Steering Committee has been working on. The business meeting is one of the most important OWA+DP events of the year because it is an opportunity for our members to give feedback to the Steering Committee. This helps the Steering Committee to make decisions on behalf of our members over the next year. Its is incredibly important to hear from our members about what they enjoyed this year, what they’d like to see more of in the future and any areas that we should focus on to improve our organization. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to vote in the Steering Committee election, contribute an idea or have an issue you would like to see addressed, please contact a Steering Committee member.
This years meeting will be held at Lucia Bogatay’s house in the Mission District in San Francisco at 3676 20th Street. This is between Valencia and Guerrero, and equidistant from two BART stations, and just two blocks east of the J Church MUNI stop at the top of Dolores Park at 20th Street. Parking is available at the 21st and Bartlett city garage. . We will be electing four new members to next year’s Steering Committee, You can read the personal statements of our Steering Committee candidates below. If you would like to run for the Steering Committee or if you would like to nominate another member it’s not too late to volunteer (contact Allison Kinst for any questions).
I look forward to seeing you all on the 20th as we prepare for another great year!
Organization of Women Architects & Design Professionals
OWADP | Policies and Procedures Coordinator
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Notes from the EditorPrint | Email
One of the benefits of being Steering Committee members is free attendance of the OWA/DP Retreat! It is hard to over-estimate the pleasures of that wonderful event. For me, the companionship of many intelligent and accomplished women is one of the biggest pleasures. The Retreat also offers an interesting topic, an art project, exercise and a healing atmosphere for our hardworking members. Westerbeck Ranch is delightful. It is a 1920's creation by the grandfather of the current owner, built in a relaxed Mexican style. The educational and physical challenges brought on by trying to learn a new dance are a regular feature. This year, it was the Samba. A rapid Darwinian process quickly eliminated those of us with extra left feet, and we watched spellbound by the 12 or so remaining dancers, who really knew how to do it! The Band was great.
Steering Committee Candidates' Statementsby Themselves | Print | Email
Following are statements from the five candidates for four positions on the Steering Committee for 2016-17. The election is October 20 at our annual meeting.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VENUE FOR THE MEETING IS CHANGED TO 3676 20TH STREET in San Francisco, This is between Valencia and Guerrero, and equidistant from two BART stations, and just two block east of the J Church MUNI which stops at the top of Dolores Park at 20th Street. Parking is available at the 21st and Bartlet city garage.
Designing has always been a part of my life, whether I knew it or not at the time. From having mini-meltdowns every time my parents made me clean up my Lego mansions, to pulling all-nighters just to make my school project posters look perfect, it was clear that architecture was my destiny. The dots didn’t fully connect until high school when a classmate accidentally signed me up to design and build a set for the school play. I dove into a world of designing space head first, and I never turned back. I proceeded to earn a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 2013, and now work at Christiani Johnson Architects.
I am excited to be applying for a position in the steering committee because I want to be more involved with in an organization of strong and inspiring women. I met some amazing women at this year’s retreat, and coming out of it I knew I wanted an opportunity to work more closely with them. What I will bring to the steering committee is a young energy, and will translate this to recruiting more young professionals to the organization. I will also bring my experience from running other organizations like American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Alpha Rho Chi (APX, Architecture Co-ed Fraternity) into steering committee operations. In AIAS, I served as the Vice-President where I was in charge of organizing events like firm tours and portfolio critiques. In APX, I was the Secretary, where I was in charge of meeting minutes and tracking member participation. In addition to my leadership skills, I am currently building up my skills in web design, which will allow me to easily communicate with the web designer and assist with programming. I am excited by the opportunity to be a part of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals, and hopefully the steering committee as well!
I am a licensed architect living and working in Oakland. I have a M.Arch and BA in Psychology. Before entering architecture I was a high school teacher in SF and a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa. My background in psychology, education and public health informs my conviction that good design is critical to our mental and physical well-being. I work as a project designer at Lowney Architecture, where I design and manage commercial, residential and community projects.
I have always cherished my relationships with the women in my life and I strongly believe networks of women can accomplish great things together. I look forward to becoming more directly involved with OWA and hope to help expand and deepen the organization as new members are integrated to guarantee its sustainability. I would love to see more events throughout the year, such as more architectural and hard hat tours, and also joint events with organizations of related industries. Hm..sounds like I'm interested in a Program Coordinator position.
As a young architect starting my career in San Francisco in the 1980s, OWA gave me many invaluable opportunities to meet other women professionals of all ages and to hear and learn from their experiences. Over the course of my career, I have relied on many of the things I learned through OWA. And, I am now very happy that, if elected, I would be able to give back to the organization and its broader community by serving on the steering committee.
I bring lots of energy, extensive experience of working in various environments, knowledge of professional practice in different countries, lots of teaching experience and a heartfelt desire to be available as a mentor to younger members of the professional community.
Although I’ve enjoyed the retreat for more than 20 years and have served on the 30th and 40th anniversary celebration committees, in all these years, I’ve never served on the steering committee. I’m running for a position on the steering committee because I’ve reaped the rewards and enjoyed the hard work of others. Its time I offered to serve.
I’m would like to be on the Steering Committee so I can share my knowledge and experience with OWADP members, but also to educate myself further as a designer and to participate in a great variety of well-established women architects and designers. I believe I can help invigorate membership in OWADP by enticing more members to join the organization. My strengths are my marketing and social media skills along with my ability to plan events/programs.
Brainstorming IDEO Styleby Lucia Bogatay | Print | Email
PLAYFUL LANDSCAPE INTERVENTIONS AT WESTERBEKEby Jean Nilsson | Print | Email
In connection with this year’s retreat theme of “Creativity and Play”, we gave the following prompt for our art project: What could we put out in the landscape at Westerbeke Ranch such that when guests come across it they have a playful interaction with it? What is it like to play as an adult?
Let's Partner with PARLOURby Wendy Bertrand | Print | Email
Dare to Discuss Gender: Book Circle #11by Wendy Bertrand | Print | Email
Tuesday November 3, 2015 5:35 to 7:25 pm OWA Book Circle to meet at San Francisco Public Library (Contact Wendy 707 218-7946)
We will discuss topics from Gender Intelligence by Barbara Annis & Keith Merron (Harpers & Collins, 2014) OPEN TO ALL.
The authors highlight research evidence from brain structures, functions, and hormone chemistries and claim they are reliable indicators of common gender behavior tendencies. Annis and Merron argue that rather than force-fit what’s not authentic, let’s understand some basic biological factors like how women and men communicate, listen, solve problems, make decisions, handle emotions, deal with conflict, and manage stress differently. Understanding, valuing, and paying attention to each others ways of doing is helpful. In fact, the most successful, satisfying, and profitable businesses employe equal numbers of men and women at every level of the organization for the complementary results of gender difference. In spite of the evidence, as we in OWA know, architectural firms have been slow to embrace this concept.
It follows, that not only do we need to be gender intelligent as individuals, but also as design professionals with influence to translate social considerations into meaningful planning, programming and designing of buildings and places.
Come to the 4th floor Sycip Room located next to the Page Desk of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street Steps away from the Civic Center BART and Muni stations (enter at 30 Grove Street and proceed to elevator or stairs).
About the building from the San Francisco Public Library Website sfpl.org:
Note that the lead Architect Cathy Simon was a founding member of the Organization of Women Architects & Design Professionals (1973) and still practices today in the area.
No food will be served but for those hungry, we will go to a nearby restaurant afterward.
PROFILE: Darlene Jang, AIA, OWA, Barcelon Jang Architectureby Carolyine Orazi | Print | Email
Darlene Jang, a long time member of OWA/DP, is a Berkeley Architecture graduate, and daughter of an architect. Her mother was from Shanghai, her father from Guangdong, a combination which gave her an even richer cultural outlook, and an elegant sensibility. Next year Barcelon Jang Architects will wcelebrate 40 years as a firm.
Darlene and her partner Wayne Barcelon, won a competition (for the Triton Museum), and started a partnership in 1976. Originally specializing in museum and gallery design, their work has been characterized by elegance and high style. Their work has developed a specialization in academic and community facilities, supportive housing, and museum and gallery architecture. The partners have designed such acclaimed and award-winning projects as the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, the San Francisco Tenderloin Community School and Child Development Center and the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA. (B+J brochure). Darlene is a powerful advocate for women and her practice mirror’s her commitment both to excellence and to women professionals. She is one of the original founders of OWADP and has put tremendous efforts into the support of women architects. She continues to be active in the architectural community being on both the California council of AIA and on the Board for the American Asian Architects and Engineers.
The past year has been a particularly special year for Darlene, she married her longtime boyfriend Bruce and her daughter gave birth to her first grandchild. True to her feelings toward women in architecture Darlene has hired several of our members and been a mentor to many others.
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