courtesy AIANY

The following is an announcement from AIA New York revealing the schedule and speakers for its Design + Practice Exchange symposium. The event will begin at 8 a.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 19, and end at 1 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 20, at the New York Center for Architecture.

The Design + Practice Exchange (DPE) is a one-and-a-half-day symposium of compelling conversations and design presentations centering the voices of women in architecture, co-hosted by the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee and the Boston Society for Architecture Women in Design. This year’s theme is “Navigating the (Post) Pandemic Design Terrain.”

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the design field dramatically. From workplace wellness and economics to shifting design criteria, our practices have been directly impacted by the pandemic, forcing us to adapt in unprecedented ways. The DPE will reflect on lessons learned from the pandemic and explore ideas for more equitable, resilient, and socially and environmentally sustainable practices.

Day 1 will feature a keynote presentation, a design panel, and a conversation on the theme, followed by an afternoon of roundtable discussions focusing on four topics: Design & Leadership, Workplace Culture, Professional Practice & Development, and Advocacy and Activism.

On Day 2, the DPE will host a walking tour celebrating women’s contributions to the built environment by highlighting some of the most notable women-designed structures in New York City.

The goal of the DPE is to advance and promote women leaders of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in architecture and the allied design and building industries. The event is open to people of all gender identities.

Total credits are dependent on how many sessions each individual attends. Total AIA CES for the program is 10.0 LU | 6.5 HSW.

DAY 1:

MORNING SESSION | Design Presentations: “Navigating the (Post) Pandemic Design Terrain”
(3.0 LU | 3.0 HSW)

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:15 AMOpening Remarks & Introductions

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote: “(Post) Pandemic Design Insights”
Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Founding Principal, Selldorf Architects

The 2021 recipient of the Design Leader Award at Architectural Record‘s Women in Architecture Awards program, Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, is recognized for her leadership and extensive experience in the residential, commercial, hospitality, interiors, cultural, and institutional sectors. In this keynote, Selldorf will share her insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the design industry and how architects can address our new normal, delving into how we can better design to adapt to changing health, environmental, and social needs.

9:45 AM – 9:55 AMQ&A

9:55 AM – 10:05 AMBreak

10:05 AM – 10:50 AMDesign + Practice Exchange Panel: “(Post) Pandemic Lessons Learned: Design Practice”

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the design field dramatically, forcing us to adapt in unprecedented ways. This panel discussion will focus on lessons learned during the past 20 months, exploring how we can work to design a more equitable, resilient, and socially and environmentally sustainable built environment.

New York Panelists:
Arthi Krishnamoorthy, AIA, Partner, Deborah Berke Partners
Maha Sabra, AIA, Associate Principal, Perkins & Will

Boston Panelists:
Natasha Espada, AIA, Principal, Studio Eneé
Ann Beha, FAIA, Partner, Ann Beha Architects

Rosalind Tsang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NYC Studio Director, BDP

10:50 AM – 11:00 AMQ&A

11:00 AM – 11:10 AMBreak

11:10 AM – 11:50 AM In Dialogue With… Billie Tsien, AIA, and Carole Wedge, FAIA: “(Post) Pandemic Reflections”
Billie Tsien, AIA, Founding Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Carole Wedge, FAIA, Principal, Shepley Bullfinch

Has COVID-19 propelled new opportunities for the design industry? How can architects respond to a changing world? What can our profession do to evolve in the short- and long-term to impact wellness in the places and spaces we design? Billie Tsien, AIA, and Carole Wedge, FAIA, will share their reflections on how the pandemic has forced us to re-think alternative ways to work, live, travel, shop, learn, and—most importantly—connect with one another.

11:50 AM – 12:00 PMQ&A

12:00 PM – 1:00 PMNetworking Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION | Roundtable Discussions: “Navigating the (Post) Pandemic Practice”
(3.5 LU | 3.5 HSW)

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Roundtable Coordinator:
Annelise Pitts, AIA, Principal Consultant, Cameron MacAllister

Following a morning of inspiring conversations, participants will engage in roundtable sessions to reflect on what they have learned during the last 20 months, with each session focusing on a specific topic. Roundtable facilitators will guide participants to collaboratively explore how to create and implement just, equitable, and resilient practices. A series of provocations will serve as catalysts for discussion, prompting participants to share their insights about how we have changed as an industry and how we might lead architecture into the future.

Topics and Facilitators:

  • Design & Leadership

Andrea Schelly, Senior Associate, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)
Brooke Helgerson, AIA, Architect, Analogue Studio (Boston)

  • Workplace Culture

Mindy No, AIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman (New York)
Liz Farrell, AIA, Project Manager, Icon Architecture (Boston)

  • Professional Practice & Development

Gaylin Bowie, NOMA, Associate, Robert A.M. Stern Associates (New York)
Elyse Ayoung, Associate, Gensler (Boston)

  • Advocacy & Activism

Kavya Cherala, Architectural Desinger, Dattner Architects (New York)
Genevieve Frank, AIA, Architect, ICON Architecture (Boston)


  1. Participants will be broken up into four tables of approximately ten people, with two stationary facilitators: one from NYC and one from Boston. Each table will focus on one discussion topic.
  2. There will be four 45-minute sessions, with a 10-minute break between every two sessions.
  3. Participants will rotate tables for each session, engaging with all four topics
  4. At the close of the final session, facilitator pairs will present the main issues discussed in a pass-the-mic-style informal wrap-up.

Location: Juniper Showroom | 1 Crosby Street #2
Partnering with: The Lanserring and Hyde-Park Showrooms | 1 Crosby Street

5:30 – 7:00 PM




9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

To celebrate women’s contributions to the New York City built environment, the Design & Practice Exchange will host a walking tour, during which participants will explore some of New York City’s most notable structures. Tour participants will start at the MoMA, explore the newly renovated Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, head across town to Hudson Yards, and walk down the High Line to end at the Chelsea Arts District. The tour guides, all women architects who have shaped the city’s architectural landscape, will highlight their achievements and lessons learned.

Featured Projects:

9:30AM – 10:15 AMMoMA | 11 W 53rd Street
Zoe Small, AIA, Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Fifth Avenue

10:30 AM – 11:00 AMStavros Niarchos Foundation Library | 455 5th Avenue
Kerry Nolan, AIA, Senior Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle

11:00 AM – 11:30 AMBryant Park to #7 Subway

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM34th Street Subway Station
Beth Greenberg, FAIA, Principal, Dattner Architects

11:45 am – 12:00 pmHudson Yards
Tour Guide (TBC)

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm15 Hudson Yards
Bo Liu, Architectural Designer, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

12:15 pm – 12:30 pmThe Shed
Anahit Hayrapetyan, Architectural Designer, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

12:30 pm – 12:45 pmThe High Line
Anahit Hayrapetyan, Architectural Designer, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Bo Liu, Architectural Designer, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

12:45 pm – 1:00 pmDavid Zwirner Gallery | 537 W 20th Street
Sara Lopergolo, FAIA, Partner, Selldorf Architects
Julie Hausch-Fen, Partner, Selldorf Architects

*Note: Please allow 15 to 30 minutes of buffer time to the proposed itinerary due to account for transportation between sites.

This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those 12 and over) with photo ID and masking are required to attend. Food and beverages will be served. Masks are recommended when not actively consuming food and beverages. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here.

Organized by AIANY Women in Architecture Committee; BSA Women in Design Committee