A note from your Editor
by Mui Ho
Today six issues are published a year and we welcome all of you to contribute a one- to two-page article or narrative on one or more of the following topical areas of interest. These topics are offered informally with the intention of providing suggestions to spur ideas to help us continue the voice and experience of our members.
Programs: What programs you have done with the OWA? What was a pivotal reminiscence with the organization or its members? What is your story as an architect in the community?
Professional or Policy Issues: How to diversify your skills for the broader marketplace, in the U.S. and internationally? Can you offer experience with issues relating to hitting the glass ceiling? The opportunities and challenges of moving to different type of practice? How to stay involved (or not) if retirement is on the horizon?
Teaching and Practice: What are students looking for in architectural firms? What are firms looking for in interns or recent graduates? How to teach/offer courses in professional schools? How did you start your own office? How to apply for a teaching position?
Addressing the Environment: Are there ways that you have changed your practice to address relevant environmental issues? Have a project to share that demonstrates excellent performance? Any recent tools that you’ve used or learned that you want everyone to know about?
There will be a comment section following in the Newsletter for readers to offer brief thoughts related to OWA, the profession, or related to our lives as women professionals.
We hope this new Newsletter format will serve a simpler way for members to keep in touch, learn about each other, and connect with those with similar interests. Once I receive an article from you, it will be formatted and uploaded along with other articles to our newsletter page.
Dearlines for 2020 Newsletter :
Mar/Apr Issue - 25 April 2020
May/Jun Issue - 25 May 2020
Jul /Aug Issue - 25 July 2020
Sep/Oct Issue - 25 Sept 2020
Nov/Dec Issue - 25 Nov 2020
Please send articles, questions and / or comments to email@example.com
OWA+DP Treasurer â€“ what do they do?
by Judy L. Rowe, FAIA
Judy Rowe is the current Treasurer of the OWA+DP and has held this position for over ten years. Judy was elected when Mui Ho resigned after she held this position since the beginning of the OWA. Being treasurer requires a person who is willing and able to watch over the financial wellbeing of the organization and advise the Steering Committee and members of the impact of financial decisions. According to the OWA+DP Bylawsâ€¦
The treasure (chief financial officer) shall (1) deposit, or cause to be deposited, all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the corporation with such depositories as the board may designate; (2) disburse the corporation's funds as the board (steering committee) may order; (3) render to the president, chair of the board (steering committee), if any, and the board (steering committee), when requested, an account of all transactions as treasurer (chief financial officer) and of the financial condition of the corporation (non-profit); and (4) have such other powers and perform such other duties as the board or the bylaws may require.”
According to the “web-site”, roles and responsibilities of the Treasure are:
If you have attended the OWA+DP annual business meeting in the last ten years and/or attended a steering committee meeting you have witnessed “budget” presentations by our treasurer. Judy Rowe takes this position very seriously and is the financial “watch dog” for the OWA+DP. Thanks to both Mui and Judy for all their great financial caretaking over the years. If you have any questions about our finances, just send Judy an email.
by Lucia Bogatay
The idea of forming an organization for women architects was liberating. The impulse to avoid a typical hierarchical organization came from the desire to avoid having a single “President.” It would help to mitigate the influence of any one of the strong personalities in our initially small band. It would be more democratic. By dividing up the work we could avoid over-burdening anyone.
In 1973, Wendy Bertrand conducted a survey of OWA members. In an undated OWA Bulletin, likely from the Spring of 1973, her analysis is quoted. It points out one of the main benefits of the organization to its members:
How I ended up on a farm in Northern Ireland
by Marda Quon Stothers
I’ve returned to Northern Ireland three times since we stopped living there. Last summer I stayed for two months. After 33 years of a government career using my architectural license for master planning, project and program management, my post government years saw me building community peace and making porcelain pottery.
Sometimes things fall together to use all one’s skills as it did at Jubilee Farm Community Benefit Society (www.Jubilee.coop, instagram). In 2018, I asked my good friend in Belfast, would there be anything of use I could do if I returned to Northern Ireland on a regular basis. She said oh yes we love you and you change us. She introduced me to a young fellow who had started a community based farm in a walled garden of a convent. I told Jonny Hanson that I knew nothing about farming having grown up in the middle of Los Angeles but I am committed to environmental sustainability and community building. A few months later Dr. Hanson invited me to come to be the project manager for their building expansion on their 13.5 acres recently purchased. This included the building of a new barn and the renovation of an existing shed into intern accommodations. Sure I could do that and farm sit for two weeks while the family took their holiday.
I traveled back and forth 25 miles from Belfast to Larne twice a week for a month. I helped with the Bioblitz, a 24 hour teaching of biodiversity where I sold some ceramics to fund the cause. I attended lectures and awards ceremony where Jonny enthused about creation care. Learned what it takes to take care of 20 pigs, 7 goats, 16 turkeys and two geese and a half acre of community supported agriculture garden. The two weeks of farm sitting went quick. During the week an intern, the market gardener, the bookkeeper and a civil engineer retiree came by to work. Three days into my farm sitting, the 7 goats became 13. Nubian long ear goats are so docile and sweet and the kids are prancing around the day after they are born. A joy to watch.
I made some sketches, wrote up a 32 page programming document, briefed the team and hired a local architect. The barn has a 4800 sf footprint. It will house all the animals in the winter and has a hay loft, dairy and feed storage. The peopled space has toilets and showers, commercial kitchen, large and small meeting spaces and space upstairs for storage or future intern accommodation. The land use planning envisioned quiet and social spaces, family space, intern space, public space, garden, animal space, circulation and parking. Hedge rows and trees enhance biodiversity and the existing brae down to the River Glyn gives opportunity for restoration to native species.
This has been so much fun. To my OWA lifelong friends I’m delighted to use all the experiences and skills I have in this way as we each discover what to do with our lives going forward.
by Betty Woo
Our next meeting is May 9th, 2020 10 am -12 pm. The meeting will be by Zoom. So if anyone wants to attend they need to get the log-in information from Allison Kinst.
For future reference we will try to hold the SC meetings on the second Saturday of each month.
The General Business Meeting is tentatively scheduled for October 20th, 2020 location TBD. (Providing we can have in person meetings by then.)
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