American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

The Missing 32% (5 LUs)

California College of the Arts, Timken Hall 1111 8th Street, San Francisco

AIA Members: $50
General Admission: $75
Designers, on Path to Licensure: $32
Free for Full-Time Architectural students
No one turned away for lack of funds
(Lunch included)

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In the United States, women represent about 50% of students enrolled in architecture programs, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. Join leading professionals from around the country to discuss the role of women in architecture in the 21st century.

Throughout the day, attendees will hear from a broad range of speakers who represent different career paths in the profession ranging from those working for large firms to those choosing to start their own practice. The day will begin with a brief overview of statistics that detail the current leadership structure of architecture firms. What defines leadership? Who are the leaders within your firms? Who wants to be the leaders? A panel of inspiring architects will share their individual stories about their path to success and the obstacles they have encountered and overcome to get to where they are today. Attendees are invited to voice their ideas for change in break out sessions and together create an agenda for how men and women can work together to increase the value and talent of the future of the profession.


10:15 am - Welcome
Marianne O'Brien, AIA | SmithGroupJJR

Marianne is a Principal in the San Francisco office of SmithGroup, an 800 person firm. Marianne focuses on management of technically complex university projects, and has actively explored alternative delivery methods over the course of her 28 year career. Prior to joining AIA San Francisco, Marianne chaired an AIA Minnesota task force on emerging issues in the profession, winning a presidential citation for her leadership. She is delighted to be in the Bay Area and immersed in the active, engaged community of architects.

10:35 am - Three Perspectives (Among Many)
Anne Fougeron, FAIA | Fougeron Architecture
Anne Fougeron is principal of Fugeron Architecture in San Francisco. Born of French parents and raised in Paris and New York, she credits her bicultural upbringing as the source of her aesthetic values: a European respect for historic precedent and a comfort level with melding old and new. After earning a B.A. in architectural history at Wellesley College and a Master of Architecture degree at the UC Berkeley, she worked for San Francisco Architect and urban designer Daniel Solomon for three years, an experience that informed her awareness of the interplay between buildings and the urban environment. In 1986, she founded Fougeron Architecture, designing award-winning private and public-sector projects that have made an original statement- in a decidedly modernist vocabulary. Fougeron has taught architectural design to undergraduate and graduate students at the UC Berkeley.

Carolyn Kiernat, AIA | Page & Turnbull
Carolyn is a principal at Page & Turnbull. She has served as both prime architect and preservation consultant on projects ranging from small-scale historic residences to major commercial adaptive re-use developments. She holds a master of science in historic preservation from Columbia University. Current projects include the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Old Mint and the Exploratorium's new home at Piers 15/17.

Jessica Lane | EHDD Architecture
Jessica Lane, a member of the AIA Communications Committee, was moderator of last year’s “Architect Barbie” panel at AIASF and helped formulate and plan this year’s Lost 32% event. Jessica is designer at EHDD Architecture, and has a pre-architecture life that included such disparate ventures as editing a design magazine and building strawbale houses.

11:05 am Roundtable: Is There a Problem?
Janet Crane | Freebairn-Smith & Crane

Laura Crescimano, Assoc. AIA | SITELAB urban studio
Laura is principal and cofounder of SITELAB urban studio, a strategic design firm focused on complex urban projects. At the intersection of research and architecture, Laura focuses on using design as a tool—formally and organizationally—in both the public and private sector. Prior to forming SITELAB, Laura was an Associate at Gensler, where she worked on projects for UCSF, Kaiser Permanente, Sonoma County, the US General Services Administration, and Forest City. Laura’s work investigates the social and political power of space. She has written on temporary urbanism for SFGate’s City Bright’s column, and her research on the future of work and the urban impacts of the corporate campus has been published in SPUR’s journal, The Urbanist. She has also developed and taught classes on public space and the culture of design at Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of California, Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. Laura earned her BA from Yale University and M. Arch. from Harvard, where she received the Alpha Ro Chi Medal for Leadership and the Julia Amory Appleton Fellowship to study public space and protest in the 20th century. Laura currently serves on the Board of Directors for AIA San Francisco.

Lynn Filar | HOK
Lynn is a Senior Vice President and the Technical Principal at HOK in San Francisco. Her focus in the practice is on project delivery. Her passion is working with integrated teams on programatically complex, high-performance buildings. She has almost 30 years of experience serving clients on large, institutional projects, primarily in the justice and laboratory markets. Her recent projects include the Richard E. Arnason Justice Center and the UC Davis Vet Med 3B lab building. Lynn earned her BArch from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Eliza Hart | Hart Wright Architects
In addition to architectural design, Eliza is experienced in sustainable design, urban design, geographic information systems, and computer modeling. Before forming HWA, Eliza was employed at Studio Bergtraun Architects, and before that at Sagan Piechota Architecture. She has worked on a variety of residential and commercial projects, including both remodels and new construction (supervising the latter from schematic design to construction documents to construction). She received her Master of Architecture and Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.

E.B. Min, AIA | Min|Day
E.B. is the San Francisco-based principal of Min|Day. An honors graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, she began her architectural studies as a cross-registered student at Rhode Island School of Design. She received her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley. E.B.'s experience in the landscape architecture office of Delaney and Cochran nurtured her interest in the integration of landscapes and buildings. E.B. has taught at UC Berkeley and is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts.

Bill Roger, AIA | HOK
With 30 years of experience, Bill brings unparalleled healthcare design expertise and leadership to every project, nationally and internationally. He has been responsible for the management and implementation of facility strategic planning, master planning, design and capital project management for highly technical and multi-phased healthcare projects with leading healthcare organizations and academic medical centers. Bill has championed sustainable design and innovation throughout his career. He has been instrumental in reinventing the design process to transform traditional healthcare delivery systems. He is extremely skillful in helping to guide healthcare clients through complex issues and differing opinions, and ultimately organizing it into a cohesive solution endorsed by all. Bill continually strives to bring innovation and new thinking to the planning, design, and project delivery process.

12:30 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Opportunities for Change / The UCSF Experience
Sandra Beck | UCSF
Sandra Beck is a California registered architect, a LEED AP, and Associate Director of Capital Programs at the University of California San Francisco, where she is directly responsible for the oversight of approximately 25 projects in development and construction at the University’s new Mission Bay campus. She brings 32 years of architecture, construction, and project management experience to UCSF. Her expertise in software technology is furthering the development of Integrated Project Delivery and streamlining the project delivery process. She is a leader in UCSF’s effort to develop Lean Project Delivery methodologies, incorporating them into the delivery of projects at Mission Bay.

Danielle Douthett | Level 10 Construction
Danielle has 14 years of experience specializing in highly technical buildings such as laboratories and data centers. She is directly responsible for negotiating and administering contracts, supervising project superintendents and engineers, monitoring job costs and schedules and working with architects and the owner to ensure the project is delivered on time and within budget. She also provides preconstruction services, performing value analysis and assisting the estimating staff with budgeting and scheduling. Danielle has managed some of the decade's high-profile Bay Area construction projects while at Rudolph and Sletten, including the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay Smith Cardiovascular research Building; The J. David Gladstone Institutes' Mission Bay Laboratory Building, Jay Paul Company's Moffett Towers project and Stanford University Lorry I Lokey Building (Chemistry and Biology lab). Danielle received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. She also holds certification as a LEED Accredited Professional.

Lumi Ruva | SmithGroupJJR
Luminita Ruva-Ciupitu is a partner and senior project manager in SmithGroupJJR’s San Francisco office, with over 30 years of experience in science and technology, healthcare and senior living projects. With an Eastern European architectural degree and a technical background, Lumi started her career in San Francisco by working for a contractor in 1983. This early experience in the construction field contributed to her understanding of construction and technical issues and provided a solid basis for the role of project architect on complex labs and hospital projects. Later in her career, as a project manager and a technical studio resource for project teams, Lumi continued to sponsor the idea of enriching the practice of architecture by exposure to construction, which proves uniquely valuable in today’s market due to a significant increase in collaborative delivery methods like IPD and design-build. Lumi’s most recent projects include the Cardio Vascular Research Lab for UCSF and the Highland Hospital.

2:00 pm - Ideas for Change / Breakout Session

2:45 pm - Group Responses / Next Steps

3:45 pm - Final Thoughts
Marianne O'Brien, AIA | SmithGroupJJR
Marianne is a Principal in the San Francisco office of SmithGroup, an 800 person firm. Marianne focuses on management of technically complex university projects, and has actively explored alternative delivery methods over the course of her 28 year career. Prior to joining AIA San Francisco, Marianne chaired an AIA Minnesota task force on emerging issues in the profession, winning a presidential citation for her leadership. She is delighted to be in the Bay Area and immersed in the active, engaged community of architects.

John Kouletsis, AIA | Kaiser Permanente
John is the Vice President, Facilities Planning for Kaiser Permanente's National Facilities Services. Through extensive benchmarking and design sessions with front-line health care professionals, planners and architects, he has developed national standards and guidelines that incorporate patient, workplace and environmental health and safety best practices. John has spent over 25 years as an owner's representative and design consultant, working on a variety of health care facilities in both the United States and Japan.

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