Fri, Oct 16|
AIA Wisconsin: 2020 Fall Workshop - Social Justice and Equitable Design in Wisconsin
Produced in collaboration with WISCO NOMA; ; Sponsored by Focus on Energy. Wisconsin firms are actively advancing social justice through design and firm dynamics. Learn how dedicating professional resources toward social justice and equitable design creates benefits beyond the obvious.
Time & Location
Oct 16, 2020, 8:30 AM – 12:45 PM CDT
About the event
Through a series of discussions, Wisconsin design and construction professionals will be invited to rethink racial disparities and take action in their business practices and design solutions. It's time to invest professional resources in creative solutions.
- gain an understanding of inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity as it relates to business practices
- gain knowledge of practical applications of community engagement and civic education
- learning about Wisconsin's unique narrative on diversity and inclusion and the opportunities for a positive impact
- be introduced to tools and actionable solutions to impact firm dynamics and projects
The program will be presented virtually using the ZOOM platform.
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. Rethinking Racial Disparities - Dr. Alexander Gee
9:45 a.m. Break
9:55 a.m. Project Team Panel Discussion
Panelists: Juli Kaufmann; Samuel Leichtling; Kirk Lewis; Allyson Nemec, AIA; Francisco Sayu
Moderated by Nolman Davis, Assoc. AIA, NOMA
11:25 a.m. Break
11:35 a.m. Awareness and Action - August Ball
12:45 p.m. Adjourn
3.5 AIA/CES Learning Unit Hours
Dr. Alexander Gee - Over the past three decades Dr. Alex Gee has served as an advisor to leaders from around the world. His sage wisdom and incredible insight into individuals and systems has gained him influence with leaders from civic, corporate, non-profit, and academic sectors as well as entertainers, governmental leaders, and dignitaries. Most recently, Gee assembled an impressive team of African American influencers from local Madison businesses, the University of Wisconsin, community agencies, and churches, to create a comprehensive framework called “The Our Madison Plan”, designed to unify Madison’s divided communities. Gee’s recent efforts have created historic gatherings and mobilized over 1,000 non-black allies into the community. Gee’s work includes educating, coaching, and mobilizing white allies, as well as building capacity and networking opportunities for Madison’s Black emerging leaders. The goal of his investments is to build social cohesion that will lead to the creation of sustainable solutions by the community as a whole.
August Ball - After a decade of working in the environmental field, August Marie Ball, a woman of color, and citizen of the world, noticed a theme: There was a lack of representation of people of color in leadership positions and a lack of knowledge on how to affect existing organizational cultures that result in workforce homogeneity. August helps environmental and community-based organizations address diversity and land stewardship needs through the cultivation of inclusive culture and creation of equitable green career pipelines. Any organization can increase engagement of traditionally underrepresented populations and build access through her trainings because she helps them identify (and provides tools) for interrupting unconscious bias and disrupting institutional roadblocks.
Moderator and Panelists:
Nolman Davis Jr., Assoc. AIA – Nolman is a project specialist with Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee and a member of the National Organization of Minority Architecture (NOMA).
Juli Kaufmann – Juli is a social entrepreneur and President of Fix Development, an award-winning Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based commercial real estate company. Fix Development creates “quadruple bottom line” real estate projects that aim to have a positive cultural, social, environmental, and economic impact. Using community-design, co-development, and crowdfunding strategies, Fix Development catalyzes local economic opportunity and wealth creation, even in our most disinvested neighborhoods. Fix Development imagines an equitable city where all citizens can realize their potential. Juli has developed more than $25 million in real estate projects and is currently focused primarily in the Lindsay Heights, Sherman Park, Riverwest, and Harambee Neighborhoods of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has recently expanded her firm to projects in Illinois.
Samuel Leichtling - Sam is the city planning manager for the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development. He oversees the staff responsible for the development, updating and implementation of the fourteen area plans that make up the city’s Comprehensive Plan. He contributed to the Water and Land Use Plan for Milwaukee’s Harbor District, the Equitable Growth through Transit Oriented Development planning initiative, the City of Milwaukee’s Anti-Displacement Plan, and the Granville Strategic Action Plan and Land Use Study. Sam previously served as the Program Director for the City of Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC), and has worked in housing and neighborhood development including developing and implementing the recommendations of Mayor Tom Barrett’s Milwaukee Foreclosure Partnership Initiative. Sam holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kirk Lewis - Kirk is a senior project architect associate at Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee. He creates environments that help shape young minds. The buildings not only provide a space for learning, but they establish an atmosphere that creates ease and happiness – helping students learn while improving their well-being. His role is the production lead, organizing work efforts and providing guidance to younger staff while upholding standards and guidelines for quality control.
Allyson Nemec, AIA – Allyson has a diverse academic and professional background, but her studies in Architectural History and extensive work in historic preservation make her have established her as a well-known expert on renovation and adaptive re-use projects. In addition, Allyson has a long history of community involvement serving as president of AIA Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, president of the UWM Alumni Association, president of the Next Act Theater advisory board, and as an active member in the Historic Concordia Neighborhood Association.
Francisco Sayu - Francisco is the president and founder of Sustainable Community Partners (SCP) LLC. SCP supports design professionals and building owners in meeting their sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and community engagement goals for new buildings and infrastructure projects. Prior to SCP, Francisco served as program manager for the Focus on Energy® New Construction Solution; a statewide comprehensive energy efficiency program. In this role, he provided leadership across program activities including outreach, technical assistance, measurement and verification, and financial incentives. Dedicated to issues of racial equity, Francisco is executive director of BikEquity Inc., a non-profit organization working to reduce barriers to biking for people of color.
Fall Workshop Chair: Kimberly W. Reddin, AIA
AIA Wisconsin and WISCO NOMA are working in collaboration to provide an informative and actionable 2020 Fall Workshop.
- Less than ten percent of licensed Architects nationally are people of color.
- Less than one percent of Architects are African American women.