BWA Brunch pt3

14Mar16

20151107_103313.jpg Last summer, I got this crazy idea that I could gather a room full of black women architects to network and just meet each other. The idea was cemented in my mind after a conversation with a local colleague.

I started out with a list of 25 women. I asked them to send me names and emails to add the list. By the day of the actual event, I had sent emails to over 65 women. I had forty attendees including a couple of New Yorkers who came down to attend. I was amazed, and a felt a little like I was watching a giant snow ball roll down a hill building momentum.

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BWA Brunch pt3

14Mar16

20151107_103313.jpg Last summer, I got this crazy idea that I could gather a room full of black women architects to network and just meet each other. The idea was cemented in my mind after a conversation with a local colleague.

I started out with a list of 25 women. I asked them to send me names and emails to add the list. By the day of the actual event, I had sent emails to over 65 women. I had forty attendees including a couple of New Yorkers who came down to attend. I was amazed, and a felt a little like I was watching a giant snow ball roll down a hill building momentum.

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Martin Cervantez
Vortex Void
Martin Cervantez Vortex Void

Wednesday, I felt like I was in a never ending spiral of everything going wrong. I was living in the Vortex.

Wednesdays are a tough day for me. I go from one office to another in a non stop whirlwind. This Wednesday, I started the day on a good note. I am working on a budget package for a construction project with my boss. I am pretty sure he throws thing at me because he knows I will be attentive to formatting details when we have to submit to clients. It’s a pat on the back to know that this is valued. The few hours I had to work on it went well enough.

Two days prior, I was alerted to a department staff meeting for my teaching position so I left the construction office early to head to the university. I even had time to stop to get a case of water.

The first step into the spiral was when I realized I forgot to put the Girl Scout cookies in my car. My daughter sold cookies to some students and staff when she was on campus. I was supposed to be her delivery mule. Unfortunately, the cookies were sitting by the door at home. Continue reading ‘Everything that can go wrong’


Making stuff

19Jan16


I don’t make nearly enough stuff. I realized that while hot-gluing buttons for Christmas ornaments last month. The thought arose again while I took a few hours to work on a room redesign for a friend’s science classroom. And yet a third time, while making pipe cleaner flowers for a service project on MLK Day. In all my work, I get the most satisfaction making or helping other people make by critiquing or collaborating.

I am holding out hope that the summer will give me more time to make stuff.


BWA Brunch pt 2

06Jan16
Flickr photo by Christine H
Flickr by Christine H

It started with coffee…

…and Rosa Sheng’s Missing 32 percent’s EQxD blog series.

A few months ago, I wrote a guest blog for the Missing 32 percent’s about bias and prejudice and if it should limit your dreams. I was fortunate to connect with one of the authors, Katherine Williams. Her story, “Be Willing to Listen” was incredibly real and so relatable.

When I discovered we were in the same area, I thought, we have to meet for coffee. That led to BWA brunch where I was thrilled to meet so many other women in the field. It helps to know that your experience mirrors someone else’s, to hear so many relatable stories. It’s encouraging and so inspiring see so many licensed architects, experienced project managers, talented interior designers and business owners.

For a moment, I had memory recall of when I decided this was it, this is what I want to do and there was no one that looked like me, fast forward to this moment and there is a room full of women that look like me. Considering for a moment, our journey through history, what we weren’t allowed to do, to learn, to be, and to pause for a moment and see this, brings to mind the words of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This was that day where I felt, this is amazing, this is revolutionary, this is the redefinition of what architecture should be.

By LaShae Ferguson
http://www.la-dc.com/home.html

Read about the day of the Brunch in the next post.


BWA Brunch pt 2

06Jan16
Flickr photo by Christine H
Flickr by Christine H

It started with coffee…

…and Rosa Sheng’s Missing 32 percent’s EQxD blog series.

A few months ago, I wrote a guest blog for the Missing 32 percent’s about bias and prejudice and if it should limit your dreams. I was fortunate to connect with one of the authors, Katherine Williams. Her story, “Be Willing to Listen” was incredibly real and so relatable.

When I discovered we were in the same area, I thought, we have to meet for coffee. That led to BWA brunch where I was thrilled to meet so many other women in the field. It helps to know that your experience mirrors someone else’s, to hear so many relatable stories. It’s encouraging and so inspiring see so many licensed architects, experienced project managers, talented interior designers and business owners.

For a moment, I had memory recall of when I decided this was it, this is what I want to do and there was no one that looked like me, fast forward to this moment and there is a room full of women that look like me. Considering for a moment, our journey through history, what we weren’t allowed to do, to learn, to be, and to pause for a moment and see this, brings to mind the words of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This was that day where I felt, this is amazing, this is revolutionary, this is the redefinition of what architecture should be.

By LaShae Ferguson
http://www.la-dc.com/home.html

Read about the day of the Brunch in the next post.


BWA Brunch pt1

04Jan16
Flickr photo by www.gotcredit.com
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Connecting with black women architects

Since I moved to the DMV area in early 2014, I have been thinking about having a get together for Black women architects. Earlier this summer, I was part of a blog series initiated by Equity in Design (formerly The Missing 32%). I was reading a post by one of the other authors, LaShae Ferguson, discussing bias and privilege. I could relate and wanted to know more. As I got to the end and read her bio and saw that she was also in DC, I thought “why don’t I know this woman?” The circle of black women architects is small. Having lived on both coasts, being involved at the national level of our professional organizations, and after attending many conferences over the last 10 years, I know a lot of us. I made it my mission to meet this woman so we arranged to have lunch when we could coordinate our schedules around work and kids.
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BWA Brunch pt1

04Jan16
Flickr photo by www.gotcredit.com
Image by:

Connecting with black women architects

Since I moved to the DMV area in early 2014, I have been thinking about having a get together for Black women architects. Earlier this summer, I was part of a blog series initiated by Equity in Design (formerly The Missing 32%). I was reading a post by one of the other authors, LaShae Ferguson, discussing bias and privilege. I could relate and wanted to know more. As I got to the end and read her bio and saw that she was also in DC, I thought “why don’t I know this woman?” The circle of black women architects is small. Having lived on both coasts, being involved at the national level of our professional organizations, and after attending many conferences over the last 10 years, I know a lot of us. I made it my mission to meet this woman so we arranged to have lunch when we could coordinate our schedules around work and kids.
Continue reading ‘BWA Brunch pt1’


DSC_1944Fun & Funds
In early May, I attended a alumni basketball game featuring my high school, Thoms Dale, and the cross town rival, LC Bird. Proceeds benefitted, TRAK*D an organization started by my friend, Lachelle Waller, PhD, to fund a summer program to teach science and technology to local K-5 students.

I wrote about the event for the local paper the Village News. Read the full article here.


DSC_1944Fun & Funds
In early May, I attended a alumni basketball game featuring my high school, Thoms Dale, and the cross town rival, LC Bird. Proceeds benefitted, TRAK*D an organization started by my friend, Lachelle Waller, PhD, to fund a summer program to teach science and technology to local K-5 students.

I wrote about the event for the local paper the Village News. Read the full article here.