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2018 WIA Events

This year’s WIA events theme is “structures of power”. These “structures” can be internal or external; they can be psychological, societal, spatial, or digital. We hope that, through this year’s events, we will gain insight into the social and cultural structures we work within, and how to negotiate and balance moments of leading with moments of following. The cycle will be split into three parts:

  • Structuring Self (Spring) – how to design and develop a career for yourself
  • Negotiating Structures (Summer) – strategies for advancement and communication
  • Expanding Structures (Autumn) – connecting with industries, events, and topics beyond architecture

Join us at the events listed below to explore these power structures with us.

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Upcoming Events:

Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Design and Digital Biases

The WIA is currently considering hosting an event in Q4 of this year that focuses on the intended and consequential impacts of the Silicon Valley tech center of the world. This event would be centered around biases in digital design and algorithms, and how that impacts our physical world.

Please check back soon for event details such as content, speakers, date, and location.

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Raising EQ: Getting Smart About Our Emotional Intelligence
Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Raising EQ: Getting Smart About Our Emotional Intelligence

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Catherine Houdeck & Mary-Welty-Dapkus

This workshop is designed for professionals who are ready to develop their understanding of their Emotional Intelligence (EQ). The speakers will introduce you to the concept of Emotional Intelligence and work with participants to expand the range of their EQ skillset.

This event is highly interactive; participants will learn about real-life and current situations. The speakers will create participatory discussions or exercises that allow participants to gain relevant insights into challenges they may be facing or may face in the future, and find new, creative ways of resolving them.

The goal is to increase your professional capacity by raising your EQ. Additionally, the event will touch on the topic of Success Factors, which are a higher predictor of contentment in life than IQ and IQ assessments. To do so, the two outcomes we will focus on will be Effectiveness (capacity to generate results) and Relationships (capacity to build and maintain networks).

Approved 2 LUs


LOCATION:   MLK Library, 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
TIME:   9:30am to Noon
AGENDA: 

  • 9:30a:        Social with coffee and treats

  • 10:00a:      Speaker Introduction & Start of Program

  • 11:45a:        Q&A

  • 12:00p:      End of Program


Join Certified EQ Facilitators, Catherine Houdek and Mary Welty-Dapkus, as we inform, influence and impact your awareness of EQ in an interactive, fun and fascinating exploration of one of our most important intelligences!

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Catherine is a leadership and business coach, a meeting facilitator and a trainer. She has been coaching on the topic of leadership for 17 years, and is passionate about the difference good, strong leadership can make to individuals and to their businesses. Catherine is a member of International Coaches Federation, and has certifications as:

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner
  • Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Certified Practitioner. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Mary is professional intuitive and certified life coach and the founder of the Fresh Intuition Women's Circles. She is the owner of Fresh Intuition, a personal, professional and leadership coaching and consulting practice. Mary helps clients, both men and women in transition to "gain clarity and lose wait" -- freeing them to take authentic and inspired action in their lives, their life's work, in their communities and in the world. 

Mary holds the following certifications:

  • Masters (MIM) in Intuition Medicine from the Academy of Intuition Medicine®
  • Certified Martha Beck (MBI) Life Coach
  • Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Certified Practitioner and a Certified Six Seconds EQ Assessor.

Mary holds a BA in Education and Psychology from Santa Clara University.

 
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Negotiating Compensation with Confidence Breakfast
Jun
30
9:30 AM09:30

Negotiating Compensation with Confidence Breakfast

  • Biltmore Apartment Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join WIA Silicon Valley for an informational presentation on the topic of compensation negotiation. Enjoy a casual and comfortable breakfast while Project Director at Taylor Design, Mani A. Farhadi, shares her story of how the WIA network was instrumental during compensation negotiations. Taylor Design Director of Development, Laurie Dreyer, will speak more in-depth about salary negotiation, the elements of total compensation, and how to mix the two.

Laurie brings a wealth of experience in employee development and recruiting given her time with Gensler, Anshen & Allen (now Stantec) and Ratcliff. She will share salary resources and statistics during this interactive workshop.

Registration is limited so sign up now!

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Saturday, 6/30/2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Biltmore Apartment Community Center
10159 South Blaney Avenue
Cupertino, 95014
United States

Contact: Dasha Ortenberg
dasha@aba-arch.com
510-847-2393

CEU Approved!

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May
16
6:30 PM18:30

META-MENTORSHIP: Part II: Models of Mentorship

The WIA Mentoring Workshop event will kick off this year's WIA events series by helping mentors and mentees develop context-specific mentorship processes. The workshop will include mentorship case studies, a presentation of best practices in mentorship, and small-group discussion and networking opportunities.  People interested in being either mentors or mentees can gain insight into different ways to identify opportunities for mentorship and ways to structure the process.

The workshop will be led by Pamela Anderson Brulé, founder and the President of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc., and Michelle Ney, Principal and Senior Project Architect of Devcon Construction, and hosted by Anderson Brulé Architects. Light refreshments will be served.

Part I : Employment Synergy – a conversation on planning the plan for career development, reviewing material discussed in 2017 at the first “Professional Advice and Mentoring” session lead by Pamela Anderson-Brulé – 27 February 2018

 Part II : Models of Mentorship  a panel discussion that will feature both mentors and mentees, with a presentation on best practices and open dialogue about how to approach mentorship – lead by Michelle Ney and Pamela Anderson-Brulé with Cristina Greavu– 16 May 2018

Part II : Models of Mentorship

Location : Anderson Brulé Architects
Date : Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm

About the Presenters:

Pamela Anderson-Brulé is a founder and the president of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc. Her career has been dedicated to creating an architectural design process that considers the holistic approach to achieving all of her clients’ vision for how they live, work, play, and thrive. She believes that truly exceptional architecture balances the human, social, economic and environmental needs of individuals and sustains the community in which it is created. Pamela’s postgraduate studies in business management have augmented her strong belief and emphasis in team building and expectation development. She is a careful communicator that believes in an inclusive and meaningful process whether for a large community project or an individual home

 

Michelle Ney is an NCARB certified Architect licensed in California and Nevada, and is a principal and Senior Project Architect of Devcon Construction, where she has been practicing for over 30 years. Over that time, Devcon’s design team has grown with the valley from a small handful of architects and interior designers specializing in concrete tilt ups and small interiors to a design staff of over forty people, working on a variety of project types including commercial, institutional, entertainment, retail, hospitality, sports, and residential. Michelle plays a key role in the management of Devcon’s design department and directly oversees a variety of design/build projects. On each project, Michelle manages an in-house staff and external consultants to meet and exceed the project design objectives and to produce collaborative BIM and drawing documentation. 

Michelle is a San Jose native and holds an accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She served on the AIA Santa Clara Valley Board as Director in 2007-2008, and rejoined the Board in 2016 as Vice President, serving as President in 2017 at which time she lead the efforts to re-brand the Chapter as AIA Silicon Valley. Michelle has seen Santa Clara Valley evolve over time from a small farming community to the global economic powerhouse that is Silicon Valley, and is especially excited in her current role on the Board as 2018 AIA Silicon Valley Past President in support of our talented Silicon Valley Architects to mindfully address evolving local and regional design issues that shape our future in one of the most dynamic places to live work and play in the world. 

Michelle enjoys traveling, running, sailing, fine wine, and enjoys time in her Willow Glen Craftsman Bungalow with her partner Jett, and their two small dogs.

 

Cristina Greavu is a project architect with MKThink's multidisciplinary design team. She is inspired by opportunities to engage with complex issues and make meaningful contributions to the community through her work. She received her joint Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis.

APPROVED 2 LEARNING UNITS  

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1) An event helping potential mentors and mentees structure mentorship processes and understand how to develop context-specific approaches.

2) Can help participants prepare for the upcoming Architectural Intelligence Conference.

3) Opportunity to learn about examples of mentoring and best practices.

4) Opportunity to talk to others about their experiences and interests in mentorship/career planning.

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Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Connecting through Coaching--To Oneself and to Others

Lynn Simon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, will facilitate a 90 minute limited group session called Connecting through Coaching--To Oneself and to Others. This interactive session will provide an overview of integral coaching and how it is different than mentoring, sponsorship or facilitating a conversation as relevant to our roles as architects and building industry professionals.  The group will participate in exercises on being present and listening actively as well as experience a live coaching demonstration to support a topic of interest to the volunteer “client.”

Participants are invited to be open and engaged in conversation and activities that support and nourish our spirit!

Location: Hawley Peterson Snyder - Architecture, Interiors, Planning, 1237 E Arques Ave B, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Date: April 18th, 2018
Time: 6:00p-6:30p (social), 6:30p-8:00p (session)


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About Lynn:

Lynn N. Simon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a recognized pioneer in the green building industry as well as an entrepreneur and catalyst for change. At Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., she leads the Western Regional Sustainability Practice and consult on millions of square feet of projects. Lynn is also a certified integral coach through New Ventures West. As a coach, she applies her professional experience to leadership development, organizational development, and career management to empower architects, engineers, and construction professionals to reach their fullest potential.  She served on the USGBC Board of Directors, LEED and Education Steering Committees, and was Co-Chair of Greenbuild 2012. She is currently serving on Thornton Tomasetti’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee.  In 2011, Lynn was honored with USGBC’s President’s Award and in 2017, the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award from gb&d magazine. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington.

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Mar
23
8:00 AM08:00

AI.18: The Architectural Intelligence Conference

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THE AI.18 CONFERENCE

The American Institute of Architects, Silicon Valley Chapter presents AI.18, the Architectural Intelligence Conference, to inspire and inform architects and our allies as we Build a Better Silicon Valley. Aligning our industry with a valley that has proven command of global Leadership and Innovation, we too commit to shaping and influencing the world with better, smarter design.

This one-day conference examines some of the most pressing challenges facing our industry and offers expert intelligence on how we can elevate our local communities. The AI 2018 Conference focuses the discussion on Equity + LeadershipSustainability, and Urbanism in the Silicon Valley.  These three session tracks provide specific learning and growth opportunities, while the lineup of exceptional speakers, vendor fair, and networking opportunities will inspire and connect attendees to a larger, far-reaching purpose. 

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Approved for AIA 6 HSW / LU credits!


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Our powerful keynotes push the limits of the AEC industry + will inspire you to do the same

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Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP

Founding Principal, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) 

Architecture as a Catalyst for Change

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Peter Calthorpe

Principal and Co-Founder, Calthorpe Analytics & Calthorpe Associates

Global Sprawl & its Antidote

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Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

META-MENTORSHIP - Part I: Employment Synergy

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THE EVENT:

The WIA Mentoring Workshop event will kick off this year's WIA events series by helping mentors and mentees develop context-specific mentorship processes. The workshop will include mentorship case studies, a presentation of best practices in mentorship, and small-group discussion and networking opportunities.  People interested in being either mentors or mentees can gain insight into different ways to identify opportunities for mentorship and ways to structure the process.

The workshop will be led by Pamela Anderson Brulé, founder and the President of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc., and Michelle Ney, Principal and Senior Project Architect of Devcon Construction, and hosted by Anderson Brulé Architects. Light refreshments will be served.

Location : Anderson Brulé Architects
Date : Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

META-MENTORSHIP updated information

Please note the update to the scheduling for this event:

We are splitting the Meta-Mentorship workshop into two parts. Due to the enormous interest generated by the “Plan Your Own Promotion” blog last October, we will offer :

Part I : Employment Synergy – a conversation on planning the plan for career development, reviewing material discussed in 2017 at the first “Professional Advice and Mentoring” session lead by Pamela Anderson-Brulé – 27 February 2018

Part II : Models of Mentorship  a panel discussion that will feature both mentors and mentees, with a presentation on best practices and open dialogue about how to approach mentorship – lead by Michelle Ney and Pamela Anderson-Brulé with Cristina Greavu – 16 May 2018

Both sessions will promote career development and expanded mentorship for our members. We hope that you can join us for one or both of these sessions!


ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

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Pamela Anderson-Brulé is a founder and the president of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc. Her career has been dedicated to creating an architectural design process that considers the holistic approach to achieving all of her clients’ vision for how they live, work, play, and thrive. She believes that truly exceptional architecture balances the human, social, economic and environmental needs of individuals and sustains the community in which it is created. Pamela’s postgraduate studies in business management have augmented her strong belief and emphasis in team building and expectation development. She is a careful communicator that believes in an inclusive and meaningful process whether for a large community project or an individual home.

 

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Michelle Ney is an NCARB certified Architect licensed in California and Nevada, and is a principal and Senior Project Architect of Devcon Construction, where she has been practicing for over 30 years. Over that time, Devcon’s design team has grown with the valley from a small handful of architects and interior designers specializing in concrete tilt ups and small interiors to a design staff of over forty people, working on a variety of project types including commercial, institutional, entertainment, retail, hospitality, sports, and residential. Michelle plays a key role in the management of Devcon’s design department and directly oversees a variety of design/build projects. On each project, Michelle manages an in-house staff and external consultants to meet and exceed the project design objectives and to produce collaborative BIM and drawing documentation. 

Michelle is a San Jose native and holds an accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She served on the AIA Santa Clara Valley Board as Director in 2007-2008, and rejoined the Board in 2016 as Vice President, serving as President in 2017 at which time she lead the efforts to re-brand the Chapter as AIA Silicon Valley. Michelle has seen Santa Clara Valley evolve over time from a small farming community to the global economic powerhouse that is Silicon Valley, and is especially excited in her current role on the Board as 2018 AIA Silicon Valley Past President in support of our talented Silicon Valley Architects to mindfully address evolving local and regional design issues that shape our future in one of the most dynamic places to live work and play in the world. 

Michelle enjoys traveling, running, sailing, fine wine, and enjoys time in her Willow Glen Craftsman Bungalow with her partner Jett, and their two small dogs.


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APPROVED FOR 2 AIA LEARNING UNITS
 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1) An event helping potential mentors and mentees structure mentorship processes and understand how to develop context-specific approaches.

2) Can help participants prepare for the upcoming Architectural Intelligence Conference.

3) Opportunity to learn about examples of mentoring and best practices.

4) Opportunity to talk to others about their experiences and interests in mentorship/career planning.


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Dec
31
8:00 AM08:00

2018 Events TBD!

Next year's events will be planned in December 2017. Check back for more information, or join our mailing list to receive updates on WIA events!

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Women in Leadership Breakfast #2
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Women in Leadership Breakfast #2

Join us in an intimate breakfast setting for a discussion, and venture into the mind and experience of a leader within our industry, Architect Sharon Refvam, AIA, LEED Fellow, Snior Project Architect and Director of the Sustainability Resource Group at HPS!

The event will start off with a brief presentation of the chosen architect’s life work, what challenges they’ve faced and how they got to where they are today. We will then transition into questions, and an opportunity for open dialogue focused around what the attendees want to know, so get ready to ask away!

* Free admission, food and refreshments will be provided.

APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LEARNIG UNIT:

 1. Discuss challenges and practices in developing a career in architecture while balancing ones life. Sharon will speak to her experience and FAIA application preparation, provide an individual workshop.

2. Develop a strategy to set and achieve career milestones, during the challenges one might face as a woman leader in the profession.

3. Approach personal life with asimilar strategy - set life milestones and goals (perhaps specific to women in the profession.) Develop a strategy for achievement.

4. Understand Sharon's challenges and her solutions, leadership and fellowship as a career goal, we encourage women to prepare and submit applications for AIA fellowship. We'll listen to her recommendations.

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WIA TED Talk Screening
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

WIA TED Talk Screening

Want to learn how to get more people to pay attention when you’re speaking? Interested in improving your presentation skills? Join the WIA’s viewing of Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk about improving your body language. All are welcome, so bring a friend or colleague! The viewing of the TED Talk video will begin at 6pm, following a short introduction by the committee. After the screening, we will break into smaller groups for a constructive post-talk discussion and workshop. We look forward to seeing you there!

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Did you know, the way you are sitting right now could change the way people think of you without even knowing it?

In this talk Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and expert on non-verbal behavior, delves deep into the idea of body language. She reveals how much our body language affects how we are perceived by the people around us, and even the impression we have of ourselves.

 

*Complimentary admission, food and refreshments will be provided

 

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Women In Leadership Breakfast
Jul
22
8:00 AM08:00

Women In Leadership Breakfast

Join us at Fergus Garber Young Architects in an intimate breakfast setting for a discussion, and venture into the mind and experience of a leader within our industry!

Hosted by Heather Young, the event will start off with a brief presentation of her professional work, what challenges she's faced, and how she got to where they are today. We will then transition into questions, and an opportunity for open dialogue focused around what the attendees want to know, so get ready to ask away!

* Free admission, food and refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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WIA: FAIA Roundtable
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

WIA: FAIA Roundtable

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an AIA Fellow? Here’s the chance to find out!

Pamela Anderson-Brulé, FAIA, President & Co-Founder of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc. and Sharon Refvem, AIA, Senior Associate & Director, Sustainability Resource Group, Hawley Peterson Snyder, will co-lead the discussion.

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Pamela Anderson-Brulé, FAIA

 Sharon Refvem, AIA

Sharon Refvem, AIA

Even if you have not yet considered this path, the Roundtable will give you an opportunity to delve into the ins and outs of what it takes to become an FAIA! The journey to Fellowship is a long one, and understanding the process is key. A Fellow and a recent applicant, Pam and Sharon will share their valuable lessons learned.

It’s not too early to consider the idea or plan ahead!

* Food and refreshments will be provided!

Event time:

6:00pm-8:00pm


Event location:  

Aedis Architects, 387 South 1st Street, Ste 300, San Jose, CA 95113

 
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AIASCV Chapter Meeting hosted by WIA - Equity For All
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

AIASCV Chapter Meeting hosted by WIA - Equity For All

About the Event:

The theme ‘Designing Equity for All' was inspired by the National AIA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission, the recommended Call to Action Items will be shared with Santa Clara Valley.

The Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee has an exciting initiative, intending to achieve the goal of hosting the National Women’s Leadership Summit in the Bay Area for 2019. As such, WIA is challenging our SCV chapter to be the gold standard in the advancement of equity. Inspired by the AIA's National Call to Action, we will be using the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Report as our framework to begin discussions. To work towards our goal, we must measure where we are and actively work on establishing an equitable and sustainable model. 

Let us gather together, men and women, listen to leaders at all levels and learn from each other as our first step.  The April chapter meeting will be the launch of our path towards 2019, followed up by more activity in the September SCV Knowledge Conference. Join us to begin the dialogue, frame our next steps in learning, make an impact and work towards an SCV call to Action.  Come be a part of Designing an Equitable Future.

Reception 6:00-7:00
Panelists 7:00-8:00
Q&A 8:00-8:30

Panelists Include:

  Pam Anderson-Brulé, FAIA  ABA

Pam Anderson-Brulé, FAIA
ABA

  Kate Conley, LEED AP   Foster & Partners

Kate Conley, LEED AP
Foster & Partners

  Thang Do, FAIA  Aedis Architects

Thang Do, FAIA
Aedis Architects

  Christine Laing, AIA, LEED AP  Gensler

Christine Laing, AIA, LEED AP
Gensler

  Ken Rodrigues, FAIA  Kenneth Rodrigues & Partners

Ken Rodrigues, FAIA
Kenneth Rodrigues & Partners

  Monique Wood, LEED AP  CAW Architects

Monique Wood, LEED AP
CAW Architects

With Moderator:

 
 Mani Ardalan Farhadi , Assoc. AIA, LEED AP   

Mani Ardalan Farhadi, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
 

 

About the Venue:

The San Jose Woman's Club, one of California's oldest women’s organizations, was established in 1894 as part of a nationwide social movement of women’s clubs that combined self-improvement with voluntary community work. Today, the San Jose Woman's club is no longer a same-sex organization, but it continues to focus on supporting women and the community by maintaining an active calendar of events, providing leadership and mentoring for women, scholarships for local students, funding local and women's charitable organizations, preserving its historic Clubhouse and performing charitable work.

The theme ‘Designing Equity for All' was inspired by the National AIA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission, the recommended Call to Action Items will be shared with Santa Clara Valley:

Sponsored By:

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