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Diversity and Inclusion > 2012 Diversity Council Convention Events > What Architects Really Do

Behind the Round, Black Glasses: What Architects Really Do
Thursday, May 17, 2012
11:00am – 12:30pm
Social Media Lounge, Expo Floor
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Students & Associates! Do you ever wonder what architects really do besides wear cool glasses? 

The general public knows that architects design houses, draw blueprints, and wear stylish, black eyeglasses, but few understand the real life complexities of actual practice. Join us for “What Architects REALLY Do,” an insightful presentation that sheds light on a profession that is widely misunderstood - even by those within it.

This candid discussion with established practitioners, emerging professionals and educators will debunk the myths and misconceptions about life as an architect. As new technology, standards and priorities are rapidly transforming practice, it is more important than ever for students and emerging professionals to become experts on “what architects really do.” This program is for anyone thinking about entering the profession and those that have already chosen to pursue a career in architecture, offering access to professionals at various career stages and a platform to connect with like minded individuals in the area.

RSVP by May 9, by emailing

Markku Allison, AIA
Director, Resource Architect
AIA Strategic Initiatives
AIA National

Markku Allison, AIA, joined the AIA in May of 2005, bringing over 20 years of experience as an award-winning designer in professional practice to the Institute. In his position as Resource Architect on the Design + Practice team – and as an experienced, licensed architect – he serves as an in-house content expert on issues of both current and future concern to architects and the profession.  He staffs the AIA’s Center for Integrated Practice Leadership Group, dealing with issues of building information modeling, interoperability, project delivery, risk management, energy efficiency / emissions reduction, collaborative delivery models and the like.  Markku also serves on special project teams and task forces, utilizing practice knowledge to enhance organizational leadership on various initiatives from an architect’s perspective. In 2007, Markku played a leadership role in the creation of two major AIA resources: Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide ( and the 50to50 ( A new responsibility for Markku in 2011 is serving as staff lead for the new AIA Center for Value of Design.

Tamarah Begay, Assoc. AIA
2012 AIA Diversity Council

Tamarah has over 8 years of experience working with Native American Tribes on schools, housing, office buildings, cultural centers and multi-purpose buildings. Her experience includes project management, marketing, proposal writing, specification writing, programming, master planning, design (all phases), construction documents and construction administration.

Tamarah is one of the founding members of the University of New Mexico Student Chapter of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (SC-AICAE). As a professional member she also serves as a board member for the AICAE and continues to help mentor Native American students in the field of architecture and related degrees. Tamarah is also an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a certified construction document technical (CDT), and a LEED® Accredited Professional.

Kenneth Walton
Physical Planning Division
National Capital Planning Commission

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