Newsletter | Sep/Oct 2006

OWA Retreat Reminder

September 15-17 is the annual retreat of the Organization of Women Architects and Other Design Professionals, at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma County.

"Sustainable Pulse, A Long Look at Sustainable Principles, Approaches, and Results" is this year's retreat theme, with Judith A. Corbett as the featured speaker. Judy was named by Time magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," and received the National Leadership in Planning Award. She was co-developer of the highly acclaimed Village Homes in Davis, a model for sustainable development, and is the founder and director of the Local Government Commission; please visit to familiarize yourself with the wealth of resources developed under Judy's leadership.

The weekend retreat costs $325 for Friday 4pm through Sunday afternoon, including accommodation, all meals, and the program. Indoor camping is available at a reduced rate of $250. See above for extra day option, for an additional $65 (no meals). If your schedule does not allow for the entire weekend, partial attendance options are available; call for info.

Call Janet Crane, Freebairn-Smith and Crane, at 415/ 398-4094 to get on the list (or request additional info), and then send in your check with the form available on the website OWA membership is not required to sign up but we encourage participants to become members.

OWA Retreat Scholarship Awards

This year the OWA General funded four half scholarships to the following recipients:

Renee Yung, an environmental artist who has been working in Seattle and Idaho and has moved to San Francisco to pursue socially engaged public art. She is taking this year to position herself and strategize on how to go forward in this field.

Sandhya Sood, an architect from India who is establishing herself here and researching intergenerational housing. She has offered to help with OWA's efforts to help Westerbeke Ranch improve its facilities in exchange for the scholarship.

Jasmin Aber, who is an Iranian architectural student and was referred to us by Galen Cranz.

Holly Allen, a student

We welcome all of them to the Retreat and hope that they find the experience rewarding and encouraging!

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