We are pleased to present the 5th Annual AIANY Global Dialogues Committee Leaning Out event “Women in Academic Leadership Now,” the final presentation of the Global Dialogues Committee’s Displacements Series. This discussion will feature pivotal leaders of several major elite educational institutions. As fraught gender and power relationships play out daily in the news in arenas ranging from politics to media and the arts, a transformation is occurring quietly in the architectural academy. Today, many top US programs now have women in key positions of influence. As the discipline evolves, how are these leaders preparing the next generation of students to assume the mantle of leadership in practice?
Michelle Addington, Dean, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
Patrice Derrington, Director, Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) Columbia University (GSAPP)
Erika Hinrichs, Chairperson, Undergraduate Architecture, Pratt Institute
J. Meejin Yoon, Head, Department of Architecture, MIT
Mabel O. Wilson, Professor, Columbia University (GSAPP); Co-Director, Global Africa Lab
About the Series
Leaning Out was initiated in 2013 as a panel on and by women in the fields of architecture and construction. As part of the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee series of panels, each year’s topic reflects the Global Dialogues theme of the year. In turn, topics such as Global Practice, Identity and Profile, Education, Landscape Architecture, Academic Leadership, and Entrepreneurship, have been discussed by highly accomplished women in this field within a format that begins with presentations and is completed with a moderated panel discussion. Over 180 people attend the panel each year to listen to four or five panelists selected for their achievements in the field and ability to inspire generations to come. Leaning Out was initiated by Hana Kassem, AIA, Principal, KPF.
About the Speakers
Mabel O. Wilson
Mabel O. Wilson navigates her transdisciplinary practice Studio And between the fields of architecture, art, and cultural history. Her design and art projects, scholarly research, and curatorial work investigate space, politics and cultural memory in black America; race and modern architecture; new technologies and the social production of space; and visual culture in contemporary art, film and new media. Mabel’s practice works on speculative design, multi-media installations, and built projects, such as Who Builds Your Architecture, an advocacy project about design and construction workers rights worldwide. She is currently part of a team with Höweler and Yoon and is completing designs for the University of Virginia’s Memorial to Enslaved African American Laborers. In fall 2017, Mabel served on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers. For 2016, she was named a YBCA 100, an annual list of inspirational creative minds put together by San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2011, United States Artists honored Mabel as a Ford Fellow in architecture and design. As a Professor of Architecture, Mabel teaches architectural design and architectural theory/history courses at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she co-directs GSAPP’s Global Africa Lab. She also serves as the Associate Director for the Institute for Research in African American Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Michelle Addington is Dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she holds the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture. Formerly, she served as Gerald Hines Chair in Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale University School of Architecture and was jointly appointed as a Professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to teaching at Yale, she taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Technical University of Munich, Temple University and Philadelphia University. Originally educated as a mechanical/nuclear engineer, Addington worked for several years as an engineer at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and for E.I DuPont de Nemours before she studied architecture. Her teaching, research and professional work span across these disciplines with the overarching objective of determining strategic intersections between the optimal domains of physical phenomena with the practical domains of spatial, geo-political, economic and cultural systems. Her books, chapters, essays, journal papers and articles address topics ranging from fluid mechanics to the History of Technology to smart materials, and she has consulted on projects as diverse as the Sistine Chapel and Amazon rain forest. In 2009, she was selected as one of the country’s top ten faculty in architecture by Architect Magazine, and, in 2014, she was named as one of Connecticut’s “Women of Innovation.”
With over 15 years of real estate experience, Patrice Derrington is currently the Marc Holliday Professor and Director of the Real Estate Development program at Columbia University. Patrice’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, Harvard MBA and B. Arch, University of Queensland, in addition to teaching awards, publications, and notable contributions to research. In her industry experience on Wall Street, she worked as an investment banker, advisor, and fund manager to major individual and institutional clients such as David Rockefeller, Keybank, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Furthermore, she is a registered architect, and a board director of QIC.
Erika Hinrichs has practiced in architecture since 1990, working with James Carpenter and for seven years with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Architects where she was responsible for several highly acclaimed projects including the auditorium building for the Neuroscience’s Institute in La Jolla, California which received a national citation from the AIA. In 1997 she established her own professional firm, viaARCHITECTURE. She maintains an avid interest in materials—new, natural and recycled, and in the detailing of form at all scales of invention. She has been an adjunct Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute since 1999 and an administrator since 2009, currently serving as the Departmental Chair for their 5-year Professional Degree Undergraduate Architecture program. As Departmental Chair Ms. Hinrichs coordinated the most successful NAAB review in the past 25 years receiving a commendation of distinction for the Integrated Design studio, the heart of the studio curriculum. She established the Representation Seminar Committee to restructure the three-semester core sequence together with the institution of the Michael J. Hollander Drawing Award. She has redirected the required Urban Design History curriculum and developed a first Concentration in Morphology with Haresh Lalvani, and has a second Concentration in Housing under review. Lastly, she spearheaded a school-wide research initiative by creating an Undergraduate Research Internship Seminar placing the first 16 students together with 9 different adjunct faculty for next semester.
J. Meejin Yoon
J. Meejin Yoon, AIA, is a Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and principal of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. Awarded the ACADIA Teaching Award, the New Generation Design Leadership Award by Architectural Record, and the Irwin Sizer award for Most Significant Improvement and Innovation to Education at MIT, Yoon is deeply committed to the relationship between design education, design research and professional practice. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Design, Architecture Record’s Design Vanguard Award, the Architecture League’s Emerging Voices Award, and the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the National Art Center in Tokyo and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. She is the co-author of Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig (MAP Book Publishers 2009), Expanded Practice, Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009) and author/designer of Absence (Printed Matter and the Whitney Museum of American Art 2003). Yoon received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University (1995) and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University (1997).
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