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Updated 3/7: This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 22, due to extreme weather.

The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee presents an architectural practice panel on the design and management of cultural and institutional projects. These projects in particular contribute to societal identity by shaping and heightening our knowledge, lifestyle, and community. The panel will discuss work from three prominent architecture firms practicing in New York City and abroad. The discussion will explore how their design, management, attitude, and vision deliver beautiful, sensitive architectural spaces that enhance our built environment and enrich our minds and souls.

Liz Leber, AIA, Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle
Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Founding Principal, Selldorf Architects
Sylvia Smith, FAIA, Senior Partner, FXCollaborative

Vivian Lee, AIA, Associate Partner, Richard Meier & Partners
Kerry Nolan, AIA, Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle

Liz Leber is dedicated to advancing mission-based institutions through forward-looking adaptive reuse, new construction, and planning projects. Liz is committed to guiding a commission through its full evolution, problem-solving at every juncture. She is engaged from initial big-picture concept design and early-phase scoping and programming straight through to the more technical phases of construction documentation and administration. Both within and outside the firm, she is recognized for her ability to approach every challenge with a balance of creativity, pragmatism, and unfailing optimism.

Guided by her astute and inquisitive nature, Liz excels at extracting the core objectives of her clients and their stakeholders and translating the collective needs and mission of institutions into creative architectural solutions. She is skilled at facilitating consensus around a cohesive vision and navigating complex approvals processes, from internal governing boards to outside agencies.

Liz’s clients include leading universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Lehigh University, as well as not-for-profit institutions, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Liz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Art History) and Columbia University (M.Arch.) She is a former board member of the Columbia University GSAPP Alumni Association, and is a registered architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and is NCARB certified. Liz has been at BBB since 2001.

Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York, the World Monuments Fund, the Chinati Foundation, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. In 2017, Ms. Selldorf was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three years after receiving the organization’s prestigious Award in Architecture.  She is also the recipient of the 2016 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architecture New York Chapter.

Sylvia Smith, a Senior Partner at FXCollaborative, formed and leads our firm’s award-winning Culture and Education Studio. Since joining the firm in 1982, she has been responsible for program-intensive projects of varying scope and size, approaching design as a practical and poetic articulation of theoretical ideas.

Sylvia grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, fascinated by the steel skyscrapers she would tour with her engineer father on weekends in the city. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History from Dickinson College, where she was named a Metzger Fellow, followed by a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, in 1978.

With a focus on working with the arts, culture, and education communities at an institutional level, she has long melded her many interests. Sylvia is an active member of numerous cultural and professional organizations, including the AIA New York chapter, the Design Trust for Public Space, the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

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