How I Became an Architectural Tour Guide
by Article and Drawings by Lucia Bogatay
|Note about the Presentation Location: The meeting will be held in the temporary home of Lucia Bogatay and Tom Wickens. The apartment itself is of architectural interest, having been created from the Southeast corner of the decommissioned 1910 B'nai David synagogue by another of our OWA members, architect Edda Picini, in the early 1980's.|
Parking: Parking is difficult in the area, so from the East Bay, we strongly recommend using BART. Parking may be available on Hoff off of 16th, between Mission and Valencia, or 21st between Bartlett and Valencia in the public garage. Note that the unit is entered from the small door on the right of the synagogue, not through them main entrance.
OWA Mentorship Program - Guidelines
by Cynthia Wang
The Organization of Woman Architects and Design Professionals is pleased to announce the OWA Mentorship Program. This program is designed to help members take advantage of the wonderful diversity that is present within our group, from the unique perspective of being women design professionals. The mentorship program is an opportunity for growing professionals to get one-on-one advice from professional volunteers. The program is not an internship program. There is no cost to participate.
Mentors are volunteer professionals who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with students. These mentors are from a diverse range of fields including, but not limited to: architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, design, construction, multi-media and urban design. Their professional experiences encompass: sole practitioners, partners in large multi-disciplinary firms, public sector professionals, fine artists and designers. The mentor provides insight into: the reality of being a design or planning professional; current trends in the design profession; resume and portfolio development; salary negotiation and interview techniques; and careeer objectives and how to achieve them.
Mentees may be interested in a better understanding the profession that they are preparing to enter or already practicing in. The program provides the opportunity to ask questions about the professional and business sides of the profession. Some of the questions may include: asking the mentor to comment on your resume and or portfolio; or discussing alternative professional paths.
The OWA sponsors the mentorship for our member's benefits. OWA encourages our members to maximize the opportunity offered by the mentorship program to get professional advice and expertise from your mentor.
Pairing of mentor and mentee is not automatic. You must sign up by April 1st, 2006 to participate. To sign up either as a Mentor or Mentee, please complete the Mentorship Program Form, print it, and mail it to the following address:
375 Fremont Street Stuie 300
San Francisco, CA 94103
Please remember to checkmark the position you are interested in (mentor or mentee).
The OWA Steering Committee does the pairing. A Mentorship Mixer will be planned for May, 2006. We will announce the exact date and time via email and post the information on the website towards the end of March early April 2006. Following introductions, mentors and mentees share in the responsibility of further contacting each other. A mentor and mentee typically negotiate meetings (when, where etc.) Both students and mentors can request a change in match at any time for any or no reason. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
February's Meeting - Universal Design
by Mimi Malayan
Of Interest: Third Annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
Third Annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
Sunday, April 30, 2006 10 am - 4 pm
Thirty-four brand new gardens throughout Alameda County make up the 3rd annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour. This year's free, self-guided tour celebrates the diverse styles of Bay-Friendly gardens - Mediterranean retreats, native plants, edible gardens and garden designed for children. There are six different geographic clusters of garden sites, many of which are entirely walkable and/or bikeable.
For more information and to sign up go to http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=617
Mimi Malayan and Hana Mori are leaving the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee and the membership thank them for their invaluable contributions; especially Hana's coordination of the email and website and Mimi as the newsletter editor and long time OWA experience.
We are actively recruiting for an additional member to the Steering Committee. If you or someone you know of would be interested in helping plan and coordinate the OWA, please contact any of the listed steering committee members below. In addition, to the bi-monthly organization meetings, members meet every other month to plan and discuss OWA events.
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