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Posted in #aiachat, opinion, Women in Architecture by DS26 on 04.22.2011

In the recent weeks, the American Institute of Architects asked me to participate in an interview about SM.

Of course, I was extremely happy to do so… and even more so, to find myself in the front page.

Now, after that was published, a few friends congratulated me… others did not understand how I got there, and asked… and I came to a realization:

What one gets, or does, with one’s own profession is entirely up to… well, one’s self.

No education, peer, employer, luck or otherwise ungodly external force, will make anything happen for one’s present or future. Some may serve as inspiration, and others as guide, but none will actually get you there.

It’s interesting because though I was there, front page and interviewed, nothing really came out of it except the acknowledgment from a few.

There were no employers lining up to offer me a position, given the very obvious self-propelled enthusiasm and initiative that originally may have landed me there. There were no Social Media or #aiachat novices lining up to ask me questions…

So what then?

I can honestly say I got some time for self-evaluation, and maybe even a (slight) rude awakening.

Ultimately… I gained an understanding of the fact that if I want to be a successful building design and construction professional, then…

it is up to me to lay out the path to get there.


“Chi-rrette” … WIAfund Award # 2

Posted in Women in Architecture by DS26 on 08.01.2010
Do you remember the post [ Meet Marla St. John… ] ?

Well, a new award has been announced as of this morning.


the WIAfund asks :  Can you connect and activate the space ?

On their website they post :

We all know Chicago is an Architecture ‘mecca’.

From Mies to FLW, and SOM, Gehry, Piano, Ando, and the new Krueck+Sexton, Gang…  all have created quite the compilation of architecture within the city’s fabric.

Now, you are next !!

For this award the WIA (Women in Architecture) fund calls you, emerging ladies, to design the next big thing (or small) on Chicago’s waterfront.

Download Award #2 Requirements or international form here

It is a “charrette” as the title quasi-depicts. The deadline for submission is 08/20/10… in just about 20 days.

Good luck ladies !


to Carl (& all others in the ‘angry’ boat)

Posted in opinion, other architects, stuff by DS26 on 05.27.2010

After my post “5 Good Reasons to attend the Convention…” I have noticed negative / angry comments toward the AIA.

I’d like to clarify… I was not put up to it. We gained nothing. They gained nothing.

A Carl commented on the article… and I quote “Blah, Blah, blah …”

All I want to know is the following Carl ( & all others in the ‘angry’ boat ) :

1. WHY are you waiting for the AIA to do anything for you?
2. HOW come you think that your dues should equal your livelihood?
3. WHEN did you decide that it is their fault (not the market’s, or your own for that matter ) that you are in the situation you are in?

Truth is, your dues you pay to simply belong… period.

I have seen people that have attempted to stay away from the AIA, political rebels and such, be unsuccessful…

No work ( not even in a good market ) for those people.

The AIA is the professional association that one must belong to ( like it or not ) to be taken seriously in this profession, in this country.
And I will add, the US is not the only one… also: RIBA, ‘Escuela(s)’ or ‘Colegio(s)’ ‘… de Arquitectos’ in various countries… etc.

So… I will ask a few other questions to Carl (& those in the ‘angry’ boat) :

WILL you stop it ?

CAN you be held accountable for your own actions & circumstances ?

WHY don’t you find your way back to the reasons you took on this profession in the first place, and reassess what you want out of it ?

AND, after that, why don’t you take action ? ( and i don’t mean go find a job that isn’t there… but then again, i do. When was the last time you learned a software?.. or made some true progress to meet what the profession is requiring ? – not the AIA, but the Profession… it is evolving !! )

HOW about adding some skills, or another trade ? Business ? Law ? Technology ? … all pertain.

IS it only about Money ?

DO you (still) love Architecture ? DID you ever ?


HOW ABOUT NOW.. do you still think the AIA owes you anything ? Or, do YOU OWE YOURSELF ?

*And, to all of you.. trust me I share your pain. Out of work for a year now… But, the difference between you and I ? ..

I am being “proactive” instead of “reactive”.

~ simply, food for thought !