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Architects Working Together: A Cross-Generational Conversation

Podcast: 2007/8/14 - 45:44

Presenters: Jane Hastings, FAIA, William E. Snyder, FAIA, Sean Stadler, AIA & Denise E. Thompson, Assoc. AIA.

Moderator: Pablo de la Llama






L. Jane Hastings, FAIA
Hastings is principal of The Hastings Group–Architects, a firm she started in 1959. Her practice has included award-winning projects in educational, airport, I-90 bridge and tunnel facilities, and housing. She has also been a lecturer in design studios at the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning and an instructor for 10 years for the Seattle Community College drafting program.

Her numerous professional affiliations include past service as an AIA National Director, on the AIA International Relations Committee, and several leadership posts in the AIA College of Fellows. She was 1975 president of AIA Seattle and served on the AIA Seattle Senior Council and Foundation Board in the 1980s. In addition, Hastings has held leadership positions for the International Union of Women Architects, NCARB Architect Advisory Committee, and NAAB accreditation teams, among many others. Her most recent awards include the 2002 Northwest and Pacific Region AIA Gold Medal and the 2003 Leslie Boney–Spirit of Fellowship Award from the AIA College of Fellows (with husband Norman J. Johnston, FAIA).

William E. Snyder, FAIA

Snyder is president and principal-in-charge of Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects, which received the AIA Western Mountain Region Architecture Firm Award in 1998. His professional portfolio incorporates a wide variety of project types, including judicial, educational, aviation, research, transportation, military, religious, and office facilities. Snyder has dedicated his career to advancing the quality of all levels of educational systems. In recognition of his contributions, a new elementary school—William E. Snyder Elementary School—was named in his honor in 2001.

In addition, Snyder serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Board, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV); on the UNLV Foundation; on the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design; and numerous other professional and civic organizations.

Sean Stadler, AIA

Stadler is an associate principal of WDG Architecture in Washington, D.C., where he directs project teams on all matters related to achieving innovative design. Stadler’s diverse experience includes commercial, residential, educational, sporting, and medical facilities. He currently serves as programs advisor to the AIA Young Architects Forum and is a past chair of the Intern/Associate Committee.

Denise E. Thompson, Assoc. AIA

Thompson has practiced for about four years in the healthcare department of Francis Cauffman in Philadelphia, where she works on both new hospitals and renovation projects. She is the LEED® captain and project designer for a new critical-care building and cancer center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Thompson has served for two years as Pennsylvania regional associates director of the AIA National Associates Committee. In addition, she is associate adjunct faculty of architectural history at Temple University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2002. She has completed Intern Development Program and has taken six divisions of the Architect Registration Examination.

In most architecture firms today, four generations are working together to design and deliver projects. Each generation sees the world differently, reflecting values that differ from, or even conflict with, the values of other generations. Each generation has been shaped by common societal forces that make its perspective on work and life unique.

The AIA National Associates Committee invited Marsha Littell, director of organizational development and training at HOK in St. Louis, to contribute her views on this topic for an AIArchitect article. This podcast, which accompanies that article (available online) explores how generational differences will affect both practice and the working environment in architecture firms today and in the future.



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