Diversity levels in architecture are scandalously low. The sources of the problem are manifold, ranging from an assumption of generational wealth to steep professional barriers. Rather than shielding prospective architecture students from these and other biases, college and university programs are complicit in them. This panel will examine steps schools of architecture can take to both increase diversity across the board and better support students as they enter the profession.
- Dr. Samia Kirchner, Morgan State Univesity
- Dr. Harriet Harriss, Pratt Insitute
- Jason Pugh, Gensler & NOMA
- Kwesi Daniels, Tuskegee University
- Samuel Medina, The Architect's Newspaper
The United States is facing a severe affordable housing crisis; a dire circumstance compounded by structural racism and generations of poor urban planning policy. The three panelists; Darrel Williams of neighboring concepts, Elizabeth Timme of LA Más, and Brian Loughlin of Magnusson Architecture and Planning, will discuss the prevailing roadblocks to the construction and retention of affordable housing in the country, and potential steps to resolve them.
- Darrel Williams, neighboring concepts
- Elizabethe Timme, LA-Más
- Brian Loughlin, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
The spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of businesses have proved nearly disastrous for city finances. In the years to come, city agencies such as Parks Departments will likely face significant budget cuts. At first glance, decreased funding for parkland appears deleterious for their long-term maintenance. But, for some landscape designers, this is an opportunity to step back and allow for the re-wilding of urban parks. This panel will examine the potential sustainable and social benefits of a “hands-off” approach to landscaping.
- Kinder Baumgardner, SWA Group
- Anna Cawrse, Sasaki
Architects James Wines and Dan Wood will join Architect’s Newspaper contributing editor Matt Shaw to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and optimistic possibilities that might come from it. From the future of urban space to new models for arts and culture, social distancing will cuase us to radically rethink our cities and interiors. Which of these
- James Wines, SITE
- Matt Shaw , AN
- Dan Wood, WORKac
The threat of contagion stemming from COVID-19 has fundamentally reshaped our relationship to cities and their transportation networks. Street closures, urban distancing, and the requisition of parking spaces, among other recent measures, attest to this new dynamic; meanwhile, speculative projects like CycleNYC and Midtown Viaduct envision more radical arrangements. In “Urban Alternatives: Pedestrian Possibilities in New York,” representatives from Büro Ehring Engineering and DXA Studio will discuss their respective initiatives and how they outline a brighter, more walkable future.
- Ryan Cramer, Buro Ehring
- Holger Schulze-Ehring, Buro Ehring
- Jordan Rogove, DXA
- Wayne Norbeck, DXA
Brutalism, the once-maligned architectural style that reached its apex over half a century ago, is undergoing something of a reappraisal as its most notable structures near the end of their lifespans. This panel, “Heroic Concrete: Retrofitting Brutalism” features Henry Moss of Bruner/Cott & Associates, and Graeme Stewart and Ya’el Santopinto of ERA Architects. The panelists will discuss two separate, ongoing initiatives; Bruner/Cott & Associates’ retrofit of Josep Lluís Sert’s significant body of work in the Boston area; and ERA’s role in the Tower Renewal Partnership, which is upgrading Ontario’s significant collection of concrete tower housing blocks.
- Bruner/Cott, Henry Moss
- Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects
- Ya'el Santopinto, ERA Architects
Playing the Game: Navigating Zoning to Maximize Projects Zoning in New York City, and across the country, informs both the scale and type of development that can occur in urban and rural areas. This panel brings together zoning experts Victor Body-Lawson of Body Lawson Associates and David West of Hill West, in a discussion of
- David West, Hill West
- Victor Body-Lawson, Body Lawson Associates
The architecture and design professions are overwhelmingly white and male. This panel, featuring Shannon Rodriguez from FXCollaborative, Jonathan Moody of Moody Nolan, and Pascale Sablan from S9 Architecture, will discuss concrete steps firms can take to address both their own inequities, and advance the education and mentorship of BIPOC architects across the country.
- Pascale Sablan, S9 Architecture
- Shannon Rodriguez, FXCollaborative
- Jonathan Moody, Moody Nolan
In this time of pandemic, hospital and healthcare projects present the AEC industry with some of its most complex challenges. This panel brings together architects leading the field of healthcare design and engineering to discuss best practice strategies, the use of certain materials to halt the spread of communicable diseases, and other such topics. The panel will be followed by an audience Q & A.
- Jim Henry, CallisonRTKL
- Abbie Clary, Cannon Design
- Amie Shao, MASS Design Group