The LiA Let’s Talk architecture series brings together successful leaders to share their
professional experience in architecture with the audience. The panel will inspire young
architects and engage other design professionals in an open conversation about the realities
and challenges of being a minority in the architectural profession.
- Diversity in architecture needs to be addressed- How companies and coworkers can
help to nurture a better, friendlier work environment?
- To increase the inclusion is necessary to educate young professionals and provide
better role models. How can we approach younger population?
- Racial diversity in architecture has increased, but still needs a lot of work- many
diverse people do not continue to licensure. How can we provide better work
environments that can adapt to different needs, schedules and provide flexibility?
- What are different problems minorities have encountered as obstacles in their careers
and how have they overcome them, to succeed.
- Encouraging open communication through a friendly dialogue, we can help bridge the
gap of our understanding of diversity and inclusion.
About the Presenters:
Patricia Alarcón, AIA , Associate Principal, Ratcliff
Born of Peruvian parents, Patricia spent her early childhood in Lima, Perú and moved to the
U.S. in the early 80’s. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M. Arch
from the University of California, Berkeley. A licensed architect with more than 20 years of
experience, she is a leader in Ratcliff's academic practice. For the past decade, she has
focused on public higher education projects, on a variety of building types including general
classrooms and teaching labs, libraries and learning centers. She has taught at CCA and has
served on the Board of Directors of the Architectural Foundation and on the Board of Trustees
at Park Day School in Oakland. Mom to Lucia (14) and Marco (12), Patricia is dedicated to
creating environments that positively engage students and teachers and that inspire curiosity
Francesca Olivera, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Associate Director | SOM
Francesca R. Oliveira is responsible for projects from concept through construction execution,
ensuring that sustainability principles are incorporated holistically. Her project experience
includes a diverse range of building types from skyscrapers to civic buildings in U.S. and
Overseas, which seek creative design solutions synthesizing American innovation in the built
environment with vernacular architecture while pushing the boundaries of resiliency.
Specializations in high performance building enclosures and strategic programming compliment
her strong balance of design and technical abilities. Additionally, Francesca is also an AAU
Adjunct Professor, serves as AIASF Assistant Secretary, and was the AIASF Emerging
Lilian Asperin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Lilian values a firm culture that embraces collaboration, connection to the community, risk
taking, and fostering talent. As one of the studio’s Partners, she helps lead the design process
and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. Lilian utilizes her experience as a practice
leader and licensed architect to develop synergistic relationships with leaders throughout the
architectural and educational communities.
Deeply involved with AIA over the past 5 years, Lilian has served as Board Director and is the
Co-Chair of the Equity by Design Committee, a call to action for both women and men to realize
the goal of equitable practice and communicate the value of design to society. As a presenter
and thought leader engaged with the 2018 Equity by Design Symposium, Lilian organized and
shared her journey as part of the original “Chart Your Path” break-out session and continues to
collaborate with others to explore their own means to arriving at meaning and influence in their
Glenn G. Rescalvo
Glenn Rescalvo FAIA is a Partner at Handel Architects and oversees a significant portion of the
firm’s work from the San Francisco office. His work includes notable projects in cities around the
world. Current work includes a variety of multifamily residential buildings in the San Francisco
Bay area, including 950 Tennessee, 2465 Van Ness, 2301 Lombard, 1554 Market Street, 950
Gough, 1001 Van Ness Senior Living, 950 Market Street (which includes a boutique hotel), and
the Four Seasons Private Residences 706 Mission, all of which are in San Francisco.
In Oakland, Mr. Rescalvo’s work includes multifamily residential projects at 2270 Broadway and
1750 Broadway. Mr. Rescalvo is also leading the design for a new mixed-use complex at
Angles Landing in Downtown Los Angeles. In Austin, Mr. Rescalvo’s Proper Hotel and
Residences tower is currently completing construction.
Recently completed work includes 288 Pacific, a 33-unit condominium development for
Grosvenor; The Pacific, an adaptive reuse project in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San
Francisco which set sales a price record in the city; and Ten Thousand, a new luxury rental
tower in Los Angeles. Previous work includes the W Hotel in Santiago, a 31-story mixed-use
complex in Santiago, Chile and the Rosewood Abu Dhabi, a 1.1 million sq. ft. luxury, hotel and
residential development on the coast in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Prior to opening the San
Francisco office in 1994, Mr. Rescalvo was a Senior Designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox
Associates, P.C. While at KPF Mr. Rescalvo collaborated on a number of office building projects
including the Chalpultepec Tower in Mexico City, the Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu, the Hanseatic
Trade Center in Hamburg, the State House in London, the Station Building in Nagoya, and the
Telecom Competition in Buenos Aires.
Mr. Rescalvo’s projects have received recognition both locally and abroad and have been
published in Urban Land, Architecture, Architecture + Urbanism, Oculus, Architectural Record,
Interni Magazine, and Icons of Architecture: The 20th Century.
Celia Chiang has been a licensed practicing architect for almost 25 years, working in Boston,
New York City, Miami and San Francisco.
Upon receiving the B. Arch degree from Cornell University, Celia started her architectural career
in Boston before applying to graduate school at Columbia University.
The one-year Masters program led to a 10 year stay in New York, working with large and small
firms, such as KPF and Gluckman Tang, on high-rise office buildings, custom residential
remodels and museums and galleries.
She moved to the Bay Area in 2003, where she spent 12 years with a regional architectural firm,
while raising her child, learning how to architect, on community college projects.
The last 15 years as a Project Architect have been the most formative, as her knowledge base,
on how buildings are built was developed, while working on steel frame structures as well as
high rise concrete towers.
Starting next month, Celia will
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