Newsletter | Jan/Feb 2011
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|In this issue:|
Public Relations and Group Outreach Project - Susan Aitken
OWA Welcomes Beverly Willis - Susan Aitken
Fox Theater Tour - Eunide Tave
Book Circle #1: Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area - Wendy S Bertrand
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2011 - OWA Admin
Introducing Our New Steering Committee MembersShare #255
Public Relations and Group Outreach Projectby Susan Aitken | Share #254
Proposal: Identify other professional groups, who are either women professionals or members of related design and engineering fields who have relevance to OWA. Evaluate appropriate groups for cross-interaction and support.
Identify outreach and cross-interaction goals including:
• Joint meetings or presentations opportunities
• Links to Websites
• Provide OWA members as speakers for their organizations.
• Tap their organizations for speakers for OWA functions.
• Negotiate discounts for OWA members for services or training offered by that group.
• Add groups to OWA invitation lists for exhibits and similar
• National as well as regional recognition
OWA Objectives Supported:
1. Increase OWA visibility with public, professional groups and other groups with similar goals.
2. Contribute to arrangement of Speaker and presentations.
3. Contribute to more interactivity on OWA web site
4. Identify organizations that are already providing services OWA would like to provide to our members, but avoids duplication (and the organizational effort that goes into planning them).
How you can help: Are you a member in another women’s professional group? Are you aware of or familiar with another organization that seems to fit the bill? Send your suggestions to me at Susan Aitken. I’ll update my progress in future newsletters.
OWA Welcomes Beverly Willisby Susan Aitken | Share #265
On January 26, the OWA Steering Committee was pleased to invite the architect, artist, author and philanthropist Beverly Willis and Wanda Bubriski, the Director of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) to Hamilton+Aitken offices for a conversation about the respective goals of BWAF and OWA.
Some of you may know Ms. Willis from her career in San Francisco as the principal of a 35- person firm from the 1960’s through the1980’s. One of her best- known projects is the San Francisco Ballet Building in Civic Center.
In 2002 she founded BWAF, headquartered in NYC, to expand the knowledge about women’s contributions to the built environment, find their lost histories, and support contemporary women. The Foundation supports several programs including:
• Building Industry Leaders Roundtable- a group of selected large firms who develop strategies to improve the retention and advancement of women.
• Museum Collaborations-with focus on women in the building industry
• Online Center for Education Resources- Resources for educators, students, and the public including bibliography, films and an on-line feature “Built by Women”.
• Women of the 20th Century American Architecture Collection- preserving the architectural legacies of the women who have shaped our country’s built environment.
In support of this last program, Ms. Bubriski invited our members to contribute biographical information to the National Archive of American Women Architects – including your own history. Look for this link on the BWAF web site, below.
Ms. Willis and Ms Bubriski were enthusiastic about the OWA 40th anniversary plans and offered assistance with advice and introductions, and opened the door to further discussions about how we may link our efforts to advance our mutual goals.
Beverly graciously presented OWA with a copy of “A Girl is a Fellow Here” , 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright.. BWAF produced this 15 minute documentary, that many of us have already enjoyed viewing at the Westerbeke retreat. OWA will schedule a showing at one of our future meetings.
I recommend that you review the wealth of information on the BWAF website: bwaf.org. Beverly Willis’s own archive is available on beverlywillis.com.
In Memorium: Early OWA Member Rebecca Wood WatkinShare #264
Fox Theater Tourby Eunide Tave | Share #267
Book Circle #1: Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Areaby Wendy S Bertrand | Share #268
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2011by OWA Admin | Share #266
OWA members, it’s time to renew your membership in the OWA for 2011. If you haven't already renewed, Log in now and then click on the red membership payment link. You may now renew online with Paypal. Membership is no longer prorated, so send in your membership dues today!
If you would like to send in your check, mail it with your name, mailing address and, most importantly, email address to:
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals
PO Box 10078
Berkeley, CA 94709
We’ve got a great series of events with more to come. Check out the OWA Calendar for 2011.
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