There are numerous career advancement options within the architecture profession; finding the right strategy for professional development and advancement can be challenging.
In this 2019 TORCH Mentorship Program discussion, a panel of FAIA members will share their personal experiences before joining roundtable groups for more detailed conversations.
Tomas Rossant, AIA, Ennead Architects
Tomas Rossant, AIA, Design Partner, Ennead Architects
Gerard F.X. Geier, II, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP, Managing Partner, FXCollaborative
Carol Loewenson, FAIA, Partner, Mitchell Giurgola Architects
Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief Architect, NYC Department of Design and Construction
The TORCH Mentorship program partners emerging professionals and AIA Fellows over the course of the year to share personal strategies and paths to success in the architecture profession.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE TORCH PROGRAM SERIES:
May 21: TORCH Mentorship Program – Communicating Architecture
Sept 17: TORCH Mentorship Program – Community Engagement and Social Responsibility
Nov 19: TORCH Mentorship Program – The Business of Architecture
About the speakers:
Tomas Rossant, AIA, is a founding Partner at Ennead Architects, an integrated design practice that is the recipient of the AIANY Medal of Honor, the Smithsonian Institution-Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the National AIA Firm Award. His award-winning work exemplifies his commitment to architecture as a powerful change agent, and how design and urbanism can improve institutional cultures, social communities and regional ecologies. Notable current projects include the Arizona Center for Law and Society at Arizona State University, the College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University, a next generation Apple Store in Scottsdale Arizona, and a 5 million square foot “university from scratch” in the desert of Kuwait. Rossant is past President of the AIA New York Chapter, Honorary President and Board Member of the Fine Arts Federation of New York, a founding Board Member of Design Onscreen, and past Chairman of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation. Rossant was born in New York City to a father who had a notable architecture firm, so he is deeply committed to both “the project of the city,” and to the evolution of professional practice in the age of disruption.
Gerard Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED, is an architect and interior designer with 40 years of experience in the design and management of corporate and institutional projects. Geier is the Managing Partner of FXCollaborative Architects and is responsible for the firm’s Corporate and Interior Design practice. He focuses on developing designs that reflect a client’s mission while creating solutions that address environmental concerns and the health and well-being of the users while delivering economic benefit to the client. Geier has completed buildings and interiors for a wide range of clients including SAP, the National Audubon Society, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Disney, Mitsui Fudosan, Asia Society, Columbia University and the Javits Convention Center. Geier is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. He was 2018 President of the NY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and also serves on the Foundation Board at the University of Virginia School of Architecture where he received both a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Architecture.
Carol Loewenson, FAIC, LEED AP, Partner. Loewenson’s expertise ranges from highly technical buildings, renovations and façade replacements to work involving both the private and public sector. Her approach to architecture is deeply rooted in a commitment to public spaces and an acknowledgment of how the shape of a building, city, or institution impacts people’s lives. She brings a careful consideration of context to her work, balancing preservation and modernization to generate sustainable transformations that capture the complexity of a space’s past history and future goals. Loewenson joined Mitchell Giurgola in 1982 and became a partner in 1996. Her work at the firm includes projects for the New York Public Library, Rockefeller University, New York University, Cornell University, LaGuardia Community College, and the New York State Unified Court System. She serves as a Board member of the AIA Center for Architecture, the IDC Foundation, and New Yorkers for Parks. She was as elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2013 and elected President of AIA New York in 2016.
Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, leads the Design for Public Space, a nationally recognized incubator that transforms and evolves the city’s landscape with public agencies, community collaborators, and private sector experts since 1995. She has overseen key projects: Five Borough Farm, Making Midtown, Under the Elevated, The World’s Park, Laying the Groundwork, Opening the Edge and Future Culture. Prior to joining Design Trust, Chin served as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for over 20 years. Chin served as 2013/2014 Vice President on the American Institute of Architects board, and received numerous awards, including AIA New York State’s 2013 James William Kideney Gold Medal and 2011 Del Gaudio Award, Loeb Fellowship at Harvard and Distinguished Alumna from Ohio State University.
Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, FAIA, LEED AP, is Chief Architect of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. The Office of the Chief Architect was created to assure that the ideas of Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 are embedded into all DDC projects. It uses the mayoral lenses from One:NYC to bring the Guiding Principles of growth, equity, sustainability, resiliency and healthy living to both public buildings and infrastructure. In addition to design involvement on DDC projects, the Office of the Chief Architect coordinates interaction with the Public Design Commission’s regulatory review and the Percent for Art program of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Castillo also participates in collaborative efforts with other City agencies and Task Forces. She served as 2011 President of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and 2016 President of AIA New York State. An expert on energy policy, she organized the Buildings=Energy exhibition at the Center for Architecture and brought its case studies to the International Union of Architects conference in Tokyo. Castillo has served on the Board of the Fine Arts Federation, New York Building Congress and the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization.
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