Architect and Architectress

Date:August 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Dallas Center for Architecture
1909 Woodall Rodgers Frwy.
Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75201

Join AIA Dallas, the Dallas Center for Architecture and UTA’s David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture for a four-part series celebrating the legacy of AIA Dallas Fellows and the Chapter’s contribution to the design and development of Dallas over the decades. Scheduled for Monday gatherings quarterly and moderated by UTA faculty member and The Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster, the panel discussions will cover a wide-range of topics on planning and the architecture and design of our community over the years.

In the early 1950s the Journal of the American Institute of Architects ran a series of articles entitled “The Architectress” that explored the then controversial idea that women might possibly be qualified to be architects. Sixty years later how far have we come? The architecture profession continues to lag behind other professional fields in ushering women into its ranks. In 2012, only 17% of AIA members were women, up from a mere 9% in 2000…and this despite women making up 50% of the enrollment in architecture programs.

Of the all-time total of 130 Fellows affiliated with AIA Dallas, only 9 are women. Join three of them-Zaida Basora, Jan Blackmon and Betsy del Monte- for a conversation about the issues they face in a competitive professional landscape.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What can we learn from the experiences of women who have succeeded in architecture despite the gloomy statistics?
  • Have women’s experiences changed across the past 40 years?
  • How does the continuing debate over Denise Scott Brown and the Pritzker Prize reflect on the current state of women in architecture?
  • Where are the hurdles and how can we help a new generation navigate a still uneven playing field?
  • What can today's leaders - men AND women - do to ensure a diverse leadership for the future?

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. Registration for this special event is $20 and open to AIA Dallas members and the public alike. Proceeds benefit the programming of the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation.

Zaida Basora, FAIA, is the Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Dallas. A registered architect and sustainability advocate, Zaida is a nationally recognized green building expert whose professional work has made Dallas a leader in regional and national green building standards and sustainability. She began the green building program implementation in 2003 resulting in over 40 new sustainable city facilities. She was appointed to lead the task forces for development and adoption of the Dallas green building code in 2008; and updates and adoption of the green construction code in 2012. Zaida was appointed to GSA’s Office of High Performance Green Building's initial Green Building Advisory Committee from 2011-2014, she serves on the Sustainability Committee of Texas Society of Architects and is the 2014 Director of Education for Dallas AIA.

Zaida holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico. She was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in January of 2012.

Jan Blackmon, FAIA, is the executive director of the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Dallas Center for Architecture. Jan has practiced architecture in Dallas for nearly 30 years. Her career includes vice presidential and leadership roles with design and architecture firms, including Rees Associates Inc., HLM Design (formerly JPJ Architects and BLP Engineers), and RTKL Associates Inc.

Jan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and has been active within the industry and community throughout her career. She was the first female to serve as president of the Texas Society of Architects. Past leadership roles include president of the Texas Architectural Foundation, president of Promise House, and vice president of AIA Dallas. Jan was awarded an AIA Dallas President’s Medal, and was the inaugural recipient of Texas Society of Architects’ Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill, FAIA.

Betsy del Monte, FAIA, LEED BD+C, leads Transform Global, an organization formed to engage communities through collaboration, advocacy and education, while protecting the environment and natural resources. Formerly a Principal and Director of Sustainability for The Beck Group, an integrated architecture, construction and development firm, she has 30 years of experience in high-performance architecture and environmental responsive design and planning.

As Adjunct Faculty at the SMU School of Engineering, she has created and teaches a Masters degree program in Sustainability and Development. She also teaches at Boston Architectural College and has been a visiting lecturer at University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, Rice University, University of Virginia, and University of North Texas.

Betsy has been named to the College of Fellows of the AIA, and a Senior Fellow in the Design Futures Council. She has been President of AIA Dallas, and Chair of the North Texas Green Building Council, and sits on the boards of Habitat for Humanity Dallas, Empower African Children, bcWorkshop, North Texas ULI, and Trinity River Foundation.

Betsy received her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. Her experience includes work at architecture firms in Atlanta and Houston, as well as nine years with Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York.

Cost:$20. Proceeds benefit Dallas Center for Architecture programming.
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