Newsletter | Jan/Feb 2019

Note from the Editor

As previously decided, this first newsletter of the year will be the print issue for the year while all others will be digital only. Please check your mailbox in the next couple weeks for it.You can find Extra copies at OWA+DP events.

On Saturday January 19th, a group of OWA+ DP members gathered in front of the San Francisco Civic Center - the official starting point of the Women's March.
This year steering committee worked on a 7 feet long banner. All members showed up in black outfit with an accent color accessory.

March began at 1:30 PM from Civic Center, down Market Street to Embarcadero (approximately 1.7 miles). It was a great event where the older and newer generations of OWA members could meet and walk together. From steering committee Bridget Basham, Leslie Golden, Allison Kinst and Maryam Moayey Nia and OWA memebrs Janet Crane, Helen Vasquez, Leslie Moldow, Karlene Gullone, Jamie Brown and one of her friend marched together. Also Build Like a Girl joined us and we walked together through the March
This year's theme was #TruthToPower and celebrating the #WomensWave. For information regarding 'Unity Principles or Why We March?" please visit this page.

Upcoming event: OWA business forum

We are excited to announce that we will have a business forum on Tuesday 26th, from 7 -9pm. The focus of the forum is centered around the question, "how do you structure your business to support your values?"

In this forum, panelists from around the Bay Area will discuss how they came to structure/ how they hope to structure their business based on their individual and professional values. The business structures relevant to the Architectural Profession that will be discussed include B Corporations, Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPS), and Cooperatives.

The Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals' mission is to support women designers in all aspects of their professional and personal life. This event is proudly mission-oriented. Together with our guests Renaissance Entrepreneurship Richmond, we strive to support and provide opportunities for women and minorities into leadership positions and financial independence.

This event is open to all.

More information coming soon.

Time to RENEW your 2019 Membership !!

Please renew your membership if you have not already done so.

Pay online here or fill out the form below and mail it with your payment.

Membership types and associated annual membership fees are as follows:
Regular: $70
Supporting: $125 or more
Student: $35
Out-of-Town: $35; >100 miles radius

Make checks payable to Organization of Women Architects, and write Membership 2019 in the memo line.

Mail to:
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals
P.O. Box 10078
Berkeley, CA 94709

1732-membership renewal form.pdf

Sign up for 2019 Retreat!

The retreat committee invites you to join us the weekend of September 13th-15th, 2019 at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, CA for our annual OWA+DP retreat.

Photograph courtesy of Hana Mori Bottger.

• Lecture:
Clara Irazabal-Zurita, Director of the Latina/o Studies Program and Professor of Planning with tenure in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, will deliver a lecture entitled Venezuela's Grand Housing Mission: Janus-Faced,
Reversed Gentrification in Caracas.

• Discussion:
Housing, a basic right, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

• Exercise:
Anastasia Gordon from Amor do Samba will lead our dance lesson. Lisa Murray, Yoga Committee, will return to lead a yoga session.

• Art Project:
Will be organized by Judy L W Rowe.

• Music:
Yuriza Jared with the Sang Matiz band

We have room for 50 guests. Accommodations include access to gardens, swimming pool, adobe dining hall, and shared bedrooms in rustic cabins which all set in beautiful, Sonoma, wine country. Financial assistance for scholarships is available for students and those without employment. We encourage participants to join OWA+DP.

If you have questions or wish to place an early reservation, please
contact T. Rachel Slonicki or call 510.704.0808.

Join us for a weekend of conversation, fun, exercise, hiking, swimming, hot tub, massage, music, art, and delicious food. Give everybody a chance to know you better, develop closer ties with friends and colleagues, and return home inspired by new ideas from our group.

Sign Up for the Retreat Here

Rebuilding together San Francisco : She-Builds 2019!

On April 27, 2019, Rebuilding Together San Francisco will hold its third annual SHEBUILDS community project. SHE BUILDS is an annual initiative run and completed entirely by women, for female headed homes and women's shelters. Together with local companies, tradeswomen, and community partners, they will repair homes and community facilities with volunteer teams powered by women.
The 3rd Annual SheBuilds Program happening April 27th is looking for volunteers. If you want to volunteer, please use this link to indicate you want to be contacted for volunteering for SHE Builds 2019.

The growing support of our SHEBUILDS program has allowed them to take on more projects this year than ever - they will work on 4 facilities and 2 women-owned homes in San Francisco! #SheBuilds_SF

Visit this link to Volunteer your time and skills, Sponsor a SHEBUILDS project, Donate to supporting women in your community, Start Fundraising, and more!

2019 OWA+DP events:

We have a variety of events, talks and tours in the works for 2018. See below for some of the events already set up. More information coming soon. Please stay tuned and check the calendar for more to be added!

January: Women March (SF)
February: OWA+DP Factory OS Tour
March: Business Forum (EB)
April: Humanscale Presentation (SF)
May: Movie (EB)
June: Tour of Sunnydale Parcel & EXCLUSIVE: Tour to a winery (Sonama)
July: Summer reading - book talk (EB)
June/ July: OWA+DP Women of Architecture Exhibition
August: Walking tour with Janet Crane (SF)
September: Annual Retreat
October: Pre-business/ business meeting
November: Empowerment Workshop
December: Holiday Party (EB)

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