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Architecture for EveryBody with Rachel Preston Prinz

Rachel Preston Prinz is an architecturally-trained American designer, and founder of the Santa Fe based consulting agency Archinia. She works at the intersection of architecture and design, placemaking, cultural and historic preservation, and community engagement. In addition to Archinia, Rachel also runs a non-profit organization, Architecture for EveryBody, which aims to bring the craft of architecture, usually reserved for the wealthiest 98%, to the people. Rachel is a filmmaker, an...


Successful Mentor-Mentee Relationships with Carrie Moore and Jennifer Grosso

In this special episode of Design Voice Podcast, I’m joined by Carrie Moore and Jennifer Grosso of SOM’s New York office to discuss mentor-mentee relationships. Carrie and Jen talk about the mentorship programs at SOM, and share their insights on why mentorship is so valuable from both the mentor and mentee perspectives. They offer some great advice on what to do if your firm doesn’t have a formal mentorship program, as well as how to find your place at a larger firm. Carrie also shares with...


On Grit, Vulnerability, and Telling your Story with Bianca Koutsakos

Bianca Koutsakos is a Business Development Manager at Neoscape, a creative agency that specializes in branding and visual storytelling of the built environment. Bianca represents the agency’s San Francisco office, and spearheads the market growth, business development and marketing strategy for their West Coast market. Part of her role involves increasing awareness of Neoscape’s services that specialize in 3D visualization, branding, film, interactive, and design specifically for commercial...


The State of the Practice with Wanda Lau of ARCHITECT Magazine

Wanda Lau, LEED AP, is the editor of tech, practice, and products for ARCHITECT and Architectural Lighting. Along with 10 years of experience in the AEC industry, she holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University, an S.M. in building technology from MIT, and an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Her writing covers a wide range of topics including architecture, technology, business, sustainability, and energy performance, and has appeared in...


Pushing Boundaries with Margaret Cavenagh

Margaret Cavenagh is a Principal at Studio Gang and leads the firm’s interior architecture practice, working closely with Jeanne Gang on all interior, renovation, and architectural projects. Margaret has experience designing a wide range of project types and scales including multi-family, mixed-use projects; work space design; and custom residential design. Guided by expert observations of how people use space, Margaret consistently delivers award-winning interior designs while attaining...


Practicing With Intent with Anthia Wong

Anthia Wong is a Team Lead and Project Manager with the interior and architecture firm FORGE, where she works on a wide range of commercial, interior, and tenant improvement projects. She focuses much of her time on relationship building and fostering the lines of communication externally with clients, as well as internally within the firm. Her underlying passion of wanting to help people lent well to elevate her to a position that requires making sure that client expectations are being met...


Making Connections with Angie Sommer

Angie Sommer, S.E. is an Associate at ZFA Structural Engineers in San Francisco. She’s currently a project manager and engineer for a wide variety of projects around the Bay Area and California, with a focus on the educational and senior living sectors. She is heavily involved in a variety of industry organizations, including the San Francisco chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW SF), and the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity Committee (SE3) of the Structural Engineers...


Advocacy by Design with Pascale Sablan

Pascale Sablan, AIA, is an award winning architect and mentor in New York City. Pascale seeks excellence and humanity in all of her projects while providing a resounding voice for the issues facing women architects and architects of color. She’s also only the 315th black female architect to obtain licensure in the US. She has lectured at colleges and universities across the US, is a 2018 AIA Young Architects Award recipient, a past president of the New York Coalition of Black Architects...


Madame Architect with Julia Gamolina

Julia Gamolina is the founder and editor of Madame Architect, an online platform celebrating women in architecture from different generations, countries, and corners of the industry. Originating as a guest series on ArchiteXX's online journal Sub_teXXt, Madame Architect is designed to encourage young women considering entering this industry by showing the myriad of choices they have in crafting a meaningful career. The ultimate goal for Madame Architect is that everyone who is looking at the...


Engaging Communities with Sandra Vivanco

Sandra Vivanco is a Professor of Architecture and Diversity studies at California College of the Arts, co-director of the CCA BuildLab, as well as the founding principal of A+D, Architecture + Design, in San Francisco. Based on the premise that inclusiveness and design excellence can and should co-exist, the work of A+D is globally recognized and operates at multiple scales. As one of a few of Latina-owned architecture firms in the country, A+D explores cultural identity representation as...


Speculative Futures with Jennifer Wolch

Jennifer Wolch is the William W. Wurster Dean and Professor of City and Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley. Jennifer holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Geography from California State University Hayward, and a PhD in Urban Planning from Princeton. She's a scholar of urban analysis and planning, and her past work focused on urban homelessness, urban environmental justice and political ecology, and the delivery of affordable...


Leap of Faith with Angeles Garcia

Angeles Garcia is a Project Executive at McCarthy Building Companies. Originally from Ensenada, Mexico, Angeles has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Tijuana Institute of Technology. Angeles started out at McCarthy over 20 years ago by answering a newspaper ad for a Project Admin position. Since then she has slowly worked her way up to an executive role, breaking down barriers all along the way. In this episode, Angeles shares some great advice on how to inspire teams to do great...


What Makes Your Heart Sing with Anne Torney

Anne Torney is a partner at Mithun | Solomon, and leads their San Francisco office. For more than 20 years, she has made affordable multi-family housing and transit-oriented urban infill the focus of her work. For Anne, architecture isn't just about the form or the icon, but the process of making and the narrative of a building, and sharing that with a community to help them envision change. She believes that the two biggest challenges of our time are income inequality and climate change,...


Finding the Balance with Mary Wurst

Mary Wurst is a lighting designer and electrical engineer DLR Group. Her design philosophy revolves around seeing light, whether natural and artificial, as the soul of any space. A chance encounter with a cadaver arm ended up steering her toward getting an engineering degree, and she’s now a Senior Associate at DLR Group. We discuss the importance of exposing high school students to different careers, the challenges that mid-level professionals face, how she balances her work life with her...


Work-Life Success! with Nishita Lakhani

Nishita Lakhani is a Senior Project Engineer at McCarthy Building Companies. Although she is relatively new to the profession, I loved hearing how passionate and positive she is about the construction industry. We talked about the differences between construction in India versus the U.S., how you don’t realize it when you’re in school but communication is the key to successful projects, and whether or not mentorship and diversity initiatives are actually effective. Show Recap:


Sticking With It with Sandra Biddulph

Sandra Biddulph is a structural engineer, and a Principal at the firm DCI Engineers. Before settling down in Irvine, Sandra worked in both LA and Seattle, and has had a really interesting career journey. She’s worked at small firms, co-founded her own practice, and worked on the general contractor side before becoming Principal at DCI. She appreciates the art of structural design; watching a project come together, with a tangible finished product that becomes a part of our built...


On Crafting a Practice with Irina Schneid

Irina Schneid is an architect, educator, and principal of the interdisciplinary design lab SCH+ARC Studio LLC. Aside from running her design practice, she currently teaches undergraduate design and theory courses at Pratt Institute. In this episode, Irina shares with me how she got her foot in the door in the ultra competitive world of academia, how she balances teaching and running her own practice, and how motherhood has changed her notion of what constitutes a successful career.


Raising Your Hand with Laura Guzman

Laura Guzman is the National Director of Marketing and Business Development at the global engineering firm WSP. Prior to that, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Microdesk, a design technology consultancy, so she really has her finger on the pulse of the AEC industries. In this episode, she shares her career journey, and I ask her for all sorts of advice on how to be an advocate for yourself, how to work with difficult people, and on applying for roles you don't feel ready for yet. (We...


The SE3 Project with Rose McClure

In this episode, I speak with Rose McClure, a structural engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. Rose is a co-founder of the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity Committee (SE3), which was established in 2015 with the mission to study and work to improve engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession. We discuss all things SE3, and how work-life balance, flexibility in the workplace, and equity aren't just "women's issues".


Forging New Territory with Jill Lerner

In this inaugural episode of Design Voice Podcast, I speak with Jill Lerner, FAIA. Jill is an architect and Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, a global architectural design and planning firm, where she leads their academic, healthcare, and research practices. In this episode, Jill shares how she became an architect, what she loves most about the profession, and what role architects should play in civic issues.