Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2012
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|In this issue:
OWA 40th Anniversary Gala Invitations Reminder - Eliza Hart
City College SF's Chinatown Campus is offering a Revit Class - Eliza Hart, ed.
OWA's 40th Anniversary Symposium in 2013 update - Carolyne Orazi
Suzan Swabacker Offers to Coordinate Internships - Suzan Swabacker
OWA Book Circle 6 Report - Christina Townsend
Alfa Freysdóttir Shares her Thesis - Alfa Freysdottir
City College SF's Chinatown Campus is offering a Revit Classby Eliza Hart, ed. | Share #848
OWA's 40th Anniversary Symposium in 2013 updateby Carolyne Orazi | Share #838
OWA will be creating a power point presentation for the 40th Anniversary Symposium being held at Wurster Hall Auditorium at UC Berkeley Campus. Please submit three jpg images per company to Carolyne Orazi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Images must be received before March 1, 2013. Be sure to clearly mark your images with company name, project name, your name and a contact email/phone number. We would like members of all design disciplines to submit work for the presentation. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact Carolyne.
More info on the OWA 40th Anniversay Year is here
Houses that Work, Houses that Grow: Learning from Julia Morgan; a Sandhya Sood Lectureby Eliza Hart | Share #839
In addition to her speaking engagement at AIA SF, Sandhya has also written Julia Morgan: Architecture for Sustainability. It is also available through the Landmarks California website.
Suzan Swabacker Offers to Coordinate Internshipsby Suzan Swabacker | Share #841
OWA member Suzan Swabacker has worked for many years trying to find offices that would like to take interns, paid or not. Local design schools including the Academy of Art, UCB, SF State, San Jose State, and CCAC all have hot new students seeking part-time internships. Foreign students cannot be paid, American students hope to be paid; all students need to learn what it is like to meet deadlines in a real office. All offices need to train the next generation of designers.
At the Academy of Art there are both graduate and undergraduate students. Their skill sets range from Hand Sketches, Revit, CAD, 3-D Max, Photoshop, SketchUp, to Model-making, graphics and photography. Their personalities vary from the ultra-shy to the enthusiastic extrovert. Their backgrounds include Canadian to Chinese to India to Indonesian and all parts in between.
Interns are expected to work a minimum of 2 days/week. They expect to receive on-the-job training, exposure to design vocabulary, the design process, and vendors. The design fields include architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. Some students have cars, many do not. If students are not paid for their services they expect to get transportation allowances every week.
DETAILS: the more an office can describe the best personality type that fits with their office, the better the success rate.
Foreign students obtain a J-1 work VISA once they graduate; this allows them to work legally for 1 year in the U.S. and be paid. Yes, we help graduates with a few years experience find a new position, as well. Yes, some students will relocate to other parts of the U.S.
Please contact Suzan Swabacker, email@example.com for more assistance. Suzan has worked part-time at the Academy of Art in SF for > 14 years teaching design studios and basic drafting. She has taught some students with amazing talent in those 14 years.
OWA Book Circle 6 Reportby Christina Townsend | Share #847
On November 5 2012, members of the OWA Book Circle met to discuss Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect, Wendy Bertrand, Eyeonplace Press. The book is available for “check-out” from Hamilton + Aitken Architects for all members, but we encourage you to support a fellow member and purchase a book direct from Wendy’s website. Please contact Susan Aitken for more information on checking out the book.
Wendy’s book “is the personal and professional memoir of an architect who tells how her identity and life as woman are inseparable from her adventures in the profession of architecture. She reflects in the epilogue about how what she knows now could influence the way our culture goes about the making of place.”
Wendy welcomed members of the circle to express our thoughts and criticisms of her book. Since Inga Horton is the only other author and member of OWA whose work the book circle has read, it was interesting and possibly a bit intimidating to give feedback directly to the author. The book is written as a series of snapshots of Wendy’s life. Her memoir follows her life chronologically through her childhood, travels, romances, schooling, struggles and achievements as a woman architect.
The book reveals much about Wendy and her growth over time. We discussed her honesty and revelation of countless personal tales and struggles. We appreciated her stories and were reminded that “it’s ok if you don’t always have an exact plan as long as you continue to pursue your passions”. It is easy to relate to her stories told in explicit detail, and her travels are a reminder to us all the joys we find in new experiences. We recounted our favorites parts of the book and in turn themes that surface as women assume more prominent roles in architecture. We discussed hardships in the workplace, things we have given up, and roles and expectations of women in the workplace.
Inga Horton, wrote a thoughtful review of the book in the September/October newsletter, which highlighted one section of the book the Epilogue as the most important part of the book. Please take a look if you missed her article last month.
The book circle is looking into different media for the next meeting in January and will read various articles highlighting women in architecture. Since there are a limited number of spaces available in the circle, please feel free to look into these articles even if they are of interest. Educating ourselves and finding opportunities to support fellow women in the field is the mission of OWA, and these articles may give great insight into perceptions of the industry and changes we will face in the near future.
The Incredible True Adventures of Architectress in American by Gabrielle Esperdy
Why Architects need Feminism by Despina Stratigakos
What I learned from Architect Barbie by Despina Stratigakos
Architecture is too important to be left to men alone by Jermey Till
Judgement Pending by Shelly Penn
Who wants to be a Woman Architect? by Karen Burns
Needed – a more profound commitment to behavioural change by Shane Thompson
Double Whammy Would there be more women in architecture if there were more women in development? by Amanda Kolson Hurley
Alfa Freysdóttir Shares her Thesisby Alfa Freysdottir | Share #842