In today’s architectural profession, where architecture firms are filled with people from many countries, who speak many languages, and are roughly split 50/50 women and men, one might ask “Why are we still talking about women in architecture, as a separate and special focus?”
Lise Anne Couture, AIA, Principal at Asymptote Architecture, Professor in Practice at Columbia University’s GSAPP
Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA, Principal Archi-Tectonics, Professor and Chair of the Grad. School of Arch. at Penn Design
Lisa Gould, FAIA, Director, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP
Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA, Founding Principal at ENNEAD Architects
Hayes Slade, AIA, Principal at Slade Architecture, Professor at Parsons
Galia Solomonoff, AIA, Principal Solomonoff Architecture Studio, Associate Professor at GSAPP
Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, Principal, KPF, 2013 AIANY President
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
Lise Anne Couture, AIA, is a principal of Asymptote Architecture, the highly acclaimed New York-based practice that she co-founded with Hani Rashid in 1989. Through its award winning design projects and buildings, Asymptote has gained an international reputation for being at the forefront of design and technological innovation. Couture has held several prestigious academic positions including visiting professorships at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Cornell, and SCI-Arc. She is currently Professor in Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. In 2004 Asymptote was chosen as the design architectural firm for the 9th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Couture and her partner Hani Rashid have been awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture. They were named by TIME magazine as Leaders in Innovation for the 21st Century. Lise Anne Couture has been a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow. She is a New York State Registered Architect and a member of the AIA.
Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA, is the founder and president of Archi-Tectonics  and Professor and Chair of the Graduate School of Architecture at PennDesign, Philadelphia. She has lectured and taught extensively at the Masters Programs of Columbia, Harvard, Cornell, and Penn. She served as juror at several design and AIA awards, and for the Prix de Rome and the Architecture Biennale in Bogota. She also serves as the External Examiner for the AA [Architectural Association], London, and has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Institute of Urban Design, NY  and Board of Advisors of BOFFO NYC . Winka received the “Emerging Voice” award , and was awarded “Best and Brightest” by Esquire; the Genius Issue ]. We were the Award winner in the IIDA / Metropolis Smart Environments Award , won the Design Competition for a Sustainable Neighborhood Staten Island, NY , the Hommes Award  Rotterdam, and the 5.5 million s.f. Yulin Art District Design  in China.
Lisa Gould, FAIA, is a national leader in health, science, and academic design, dedicated to a multidisciplinary vision that maximizes synergies and promotes innovation, enabling greater integration between teaching, research, and patient care. She is a director and co-leader of SOM’s integrated Education, Science, and Health practice. She was previously a design principal at Perkins + Will and director of Health + Science Design at SOM. As an independent practitioner, Gould recently collaborated on a number of large-scale, complex education, health, and science projects for Stanford University, Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. Gould integrates urban design, functional planning, and interiors, creating efficient, flexible, and stimulating environments for research, study, and patient care. Her work has been published in Architectural Record, Contract Magazine, Progressive Architecture, and other architecture and design magazines, as well as in numerous specialty books on education and healthcare environments. Her awards include recognition from the Boston Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Center for Healthcare Design, and the Chicago Athenaeum.Gould’s work acts as a bridge between clinical, science, and academic environments, bringing people together in support of innovative scientific discovery, interactive learning, and humane patient care.
With over 35 years of design and management experience and 19 years with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Jill Lerner, FAIA, has led the design of numerous award-winning academic and institutional research facilities projects for public and private clients throughout the United States and abroad. As a Principal at KPF, she is responsible for all aspects of project management and design, and is the primary client contact during all phases—from initial programming and conceptual design through construction and project close-out. She is an active member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women and was chair of the Building Committee on the board of the Asian University for Women. Lerner recently completed her term as President of the New York Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA). She was recently the only Architect on the Cornell University Board of Trustees (2004-2009), where she was on the Building and Properties Committee. She is a past Chair of the University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning Alumni Advisory Council. Jill also taught Professional Practice to architecture students in Cornell’s NYC program.
Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA, is a founding Partner in Ennead Architects. Her award-winning portfolio, which includes projects for civic, cultural and educational institutions, has been recognized for design excellence, its contribution to the public realm and innovation in sustainability. Through her work she seeks to create an architecture fused with its surroundings and inspired by its program. Notable projects include Lyceé Français de New York, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Staten Island Courthouse and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. As an extension of her professional work, Ms. Rodriguez actively promotes the importance of design in the public realm, serving on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Art Works Projects: Art + Design for Human Rights.
Hayes Slade, AIA, IIDA is a principal and co-founder of Slade Architecture with her partner James Slade. Since 2002, they have been designing and completing architectural projects of varied scales and programs nationally and internationally which have been recognized with awards and publications including The Design Excellence in Public Space Award from the NYC Public Design Commission, AIA Awards, Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards. Hayes teaches design at Parsons the New School of Design and has taught in the past at Syracuse School of Architecture and served on many juries for awards and design studios as well as lectured widely. She is Co-Chair of the AIANY Interiors Committee and an Architecture Fellow of Design Trust for Public Spaces. Bringing a broad experience to her work, Hayes holds bachelor and masters degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wharton. Previously, Hayes worked at Arup in London and NY as well as SOM NY and Boston Consulting Group. She is a licensed architect.
Galia Solomonoff, AIA, is the founder and director of Solomonoff Architecture Studio. She received her Master in Architecture from Columbia University, and was awarded the McKim Prize for Excellence in Design. Prior to founding SAS, Solomonoff founded OpenOffice. She taught at Princeton, The Cooper Union, Yale, and currently at Columbia. Solomonoff is the recipient of several design awards, and art grants. Her work appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, W, ARTNews, Artforum, and Domus. New York Magazine called Dia: Beacon, which Solomonoff designed, “one of today’s most compelling museums,” and named Solomonoff part of the Next Wave of Designers in 2009. Solomonoff collaborated on several books including Latin American Architecture: Six Voices, and Post Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering, and is working on Documenting Latin American Architecture a documentary and book project. Her writing aims at the recognition of Latin American Architecture’s cultural relevance.