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Women’s Leadership Summit Speakers and Panelists

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA is founder and Principal of Ross Barney Architects. She is responsible for the design excellence of all projects undertaken by the firm.  Dedicated to improving the built environment, her work has an international reputation in design of institutional and public buildings. She has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Oklahoma (Goff Chair for Creative Architecture) and the Illinois Institute of Technology where she has taught a Graduate Design Studio and continues to serve on the College Board of Overseers.

Carol Burns, FAIA LEED AP

Carol Burns is an architect and academician. Taylor & Burns Architects designs residential and institutional projects, with special expertise in design of big rooms—theatres, social halls, and sacred spaces.  Carol taught at Harvard, MIT, Yale and, currently, Wentworth Institute. She co-founded the BSA research program. Her most recent book is Site Matters.

Sho-Ping Chin, AIA LEED AP

Sho-Ping Chin instigated the BSA Women Principals Group in 2006 and has been the co-chair since that time. As the Healthcare Principal at Payette, she leads project teams using design to synthesize the challenges presented by rapid advances in medical technology with the real human needs of patients and caregivers. She works on projects of multiple scales with academic institutions, community hospitals and charitable services.

Pamela Palmer Delphenich, FAIA

Pamela has been at MIT since 2005, first as Director of Project Management and, since May 2007, as Director of Campus Planning and Design.  In this capacity, she directs the planning and design for the overall physical development of the campus.  Pamela holds a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.I) from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Architecture and Urban Planning; a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Wesleyan University; and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University.

Merrill Elam

Merrill Elam is a principal in the firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her practice she lectures and teaches frequently, recently as a Visiting Critic at Syracuse University, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, the Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Toronto, the Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University, the Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at The University of Texas at Austin, the Louis Henri Sullivan Research Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University and the Harry S. Shure Visiting Professor in Architecture at the University of Virginia, as well as having served as Visiting Critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and SCI-Arc. With Mack Scogin, she received the 1995 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and a 2008 Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Their work has received six National AIA Awards for Excellence, and their current projects include the Yale University Health Services Center in New Haven, Connecticut; the Gates Center for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas; the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage for Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts; the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture for The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio; the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library for the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, California; the Herman Miller Cherokee Operations facility in Canton, Georgia; and the Bailey HouseStudio in Atlanta, Georgia.

Julie Eizenberg, AIA

Julie Eizenberg, AIA is a founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture. She brings design vision and leadership to the firm’s wide-range of award winning projects. Ms. Eizenberg is an astute observer and institutional iconoclast leading investigations that reshape the way we think about the conventional buildings of everyday living.

Maxine Griffith, AICP

Maxine Griffith is Executive Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University and also serves as a Special Advisor for Campus Planning. In addition to her other responsibilities, she is a member of the leadership team planning for the University’s new 17 acre, 6 billion dollar campus. Prior to her position at Columbia, Griffith served as Executive Director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission. She holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Frances Halsband FAIA

Frances Halsband FAIA is a founding partner of the award-winning firm Kliment Halsband Architects. She has worked on over 35 campuses across the country as a designer, in a design advisory role, and as a member of the academic community. She has also served as a design advisor for the Federal Reserve and the U.S. State Department.

Leila Kamal, AIA, LEED® AP

Leila Kamal, AIA, LEED® AP, is Vice President of Design and Expertise at EYP. Leila has nearly 20 years of experience in planning, programming, project management, and architectural design. Leila’s practice includes renovation and new construction projects for both colleges and universities and local and federal government agencies. The author of “The Politics and Process of Change: Institutional Building-Planning Teams” for Project Kaleidoscope, she brings particular skill and insight to the programming, planning, and design of innovative spaces for student living and learning. In her leadership role, Leila is responsible for advancing EYP expertise and cultivating new intellect. She is currently driving one of the firm’s key strategic initiatives, defining and implementing Expertise Driven Design.

Pamela J. Loeffelman, FAIA, LEED AP

Pamela J. Loeffelman, FAIA, LEED AP, is Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s Stamford, Connecticut Office. Her expertise and experience in educational facilities, civic buildings, and commercial development continues to reinforce Perkins Eastman’s leadership in these practice areas by providing hands-on management for ongoing significant projects. Ms. Loeffelman is a frequent lecturer, panel member, and juror, on issues related to the advocacy of architecture, ensuring our communities are more responsive to 21st century demands. Ms. Loeffelman has held a number of offices/positions with the AIA. Most recently, she was elected Vice President and Executive Committee Member of AIA National for 2009-2010.

Meredith Mack
Meredith Mack, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, has been at the Art Institute of Chicago since 2003, and led the team designing, building and opening the Modern Wing – the largest addition to the Art Institute since it was built.  She manages all building operations, design, construction, security and finances for the museum.  Prior to that, she was the Assistant Vice President of Facilities at the University of Chicago, and led the team designing and building over $500 million in new construction, including dormitories, dining facilities, an athletic center and a laboratory building.  

Kate Schwennsen, FAIA

Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, associate dean of the College of Design at Iowa State, is an architectural leader of international stature. Her scholarship, teaching and professional efforts have been directed at changing the "who, what and how" of 21st century architectural practice. Her voice on diversity, sustainability, and design practice in a global climate has had an impact on architecture students and architects in education and practice. Kate has served in a number of important leadership positions, and was president of the American Institute of Architects in 2006. She is an Iowa State graduate (BA, 1978; M.Arch., 1980).

Victoria Sirianni

Vicky Sirianni is a consultant to Colleges, Universities and Industry. Before becoming a consultant, Vicky served in a variety of positions at MIT that included managing design and construction, space management, capital renewal, general maintenance, utility generation and distribution. She provided leadership for MIT’s last $1,4B capital building program. Subsequently, for the last two years, she held the position of Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations at an academic medical center in Philadelphia. She is a member of a variety of professional organizations and a past recipient of the Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award.

Janet Marie Smith

Janet Marie Smith was Senior Vice President, Planning and Development, for the Boston Red Sox (2002 -09), directing the $100 million renovation of Fenway Park. From 1989 to 1994 she was the Baltimore Orioles’ Vice President for Planning and Development. With a Masters in Urban Planning from City College of New York and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State, her urban planning work includes Pershing Square in Los Angeles and Battery Park City in New York. She is an associate member of the Urban Land Institute, the AIA, and the American Planning Association.

Julie VandenBerg Snow, FAIA

Julie Snow leads a studio-based practice, Julie Snow Architects, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The studio produces work from master-plans to product design with a common exploration of material and detail.  The studio's interests lie in pragmatic and critical programmatic reflection that results in innovative designs at many scales that expand our ideas of architectural performance.  The practice has been recognized with numerous awards, exhibitions and publications.

Carole C. Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP

Carole C. Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, has been president of Shepley Bulfinch since 2004. As an architect she has focused on the convergence of learning and teaching and research environments, with a long-standing commitment to sustainable design. Carole chaired the host committee for the 2008 AIA convention in Boston. She serves on the AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable and the advisory board of the Design Futures Council’s publication, Design Intelligence.

Cynthia Weese, FAIA, Principal  
Cynthia Weese FAIA is a founding partner of Weese Langley Weese. She received a Bachelor Degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, where she is currently the Dean of the School of Architecture. Prior to Weese Langley Weese, she was in private practice and worked at Harry Weese and Associates. Major projects at Weese Langley Weese include: F.W. Olin Classroom Building, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; Art Institute of Chicago Kraft General Foods Education Center; Chicago City Day School, Chicago, Illinois; and numerous projects for A New Leaf flower store in Chicago. Cynthia has received numerous AIA design awards and lectures widely nationally and internationally.

Beverly Willis, FAIA

Beverly Willis, FAIA, began her prolific career in 1954 in Hawaii as a painter and multi-media artist. By 1958, when she moved to San Francisco, she expanded her repertoire to include industrial and architectural design. Architecture increasingly took over her work, and in 1966 Willis received her architectural license, and a decade later was running the 35-person firm, Willis and Associates, Inc. Architects. For Willis, architectural practice has always embraced multiple approaches: whether designing residential or civic structures, pioneering adaptive re-use to revitalize downtown commercial zones, or innovating technology-driven land use planning. In the 1970s, Willis complemented her architectural practice with professional organizational leadership-- often holding positions never before held by a woman. Willis served as President of the California Council of American Institute of Architects, which governs 22 California chapters that include San Francisco and Los Angeles. Willis also held leadership roles on the national level such as serving on the US delegation to the United Nations Conference on Habitat I, as well as serving on the executive committee of the National Academy of Science’s Board on Infrastructure and Constructed Environment, or chairing the Federal Facility Council. She became a Fellow in the AIA in 1980. Currently, she serves on the board of the National Building Museum, where the Beverly Willis Library is located. See for more about her work.

Anna Wu

Anna Wu has planning and design oversight for Carolina’s $2.1 billion capital program. Under her leadership, the Facilities Planning office has grown from five to fourteen design professionals.  She received a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.


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