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Event: AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

HGA will host several must-attend events at the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit September 12 – 14, 2019, in Minneapolis, including a pre-conference Design Leadership workshop led by award-winning architect Joan Soranno, a Happy Hour for clients and industry colleagues, and several site tours of projects designed by leading women architects at HGA.

The agenda includes:

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit Tours

Minnesota state capitol renovation and restoration interior

  • Thursday, September 12th from 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M Originally constructed in 1905 by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, the Beaux-Arts-inspired Minnesota State Capitol reached a critical deterioration point by 2010. With crumbling exterior marble and stone, antiquated systems, inefficient public areas, and poorly conserved paint and murals, it became clear that this century-old masterpiece needed a comprehensive restoration. Today, the Minnesota State Capitol enjoys all the conveniences of a modern, state-of-the-art government building.

  • Thursday, September 12th from 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. The AIA Honor Award-winning Lakewood Mausoleum embraces Lakewood’s landscaping and architectural legacy: The rich palette of materials (granite, marble, and wood) and architectural features (mosaics, bronze artwork, and stained glass) were selected to connect with the cemetery’s other buildings. The tour is scheduled for Thursday, September 12th from 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

  • Saturday, September 14th from 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. As Minneapolis’s iconic Walker Art Center the new entry pavilion and renovation unifies the formerly disjointed site and presents a clear, bold new identity for the Walker Art Center. Through a series of simple but complex choices, the pavilion, renovation, and Wurtele Upper Garden now manifest as a public heart for the sprawling Walker campus.

  • Saturday, September 14th from 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Inspired by the American Swedish Institute’s historic Turnblad mansion of 1903, the Nelson Cultural Center addition consists of traditional Swedish aesthetics while integrating sustainable technologies. The landscape draws inspiration from diverse Swedish landscapes and open lawns, providing a field over 90 geothermal wells while doubling as a gathering space. Additional features recall Sweden’s rich design history through traditional plantings native to both Sweden and Minnesota.

Pre-Conference Design Leadership Event

Joan Soranno will present at a pre-conference event at the upcoming AIA Women’s Leadership Summit. The theme for 2019 is Reframe, Rethink, Refresh. Throughout this three-hour session Joan will share insights into design leadership.

Program: Design Leadership

Conference: AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

Speaker: Joan Soranno

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: September 12, 2019

Time: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Women are underrepresented in design leadership positions in architecture. What skills and experience should women who want to be design leaders develop? How can firm leaders encourage and support women in design roles? Learn from the leadership journey and design approach of Joan Soranno, FAIA.

The first portion of this three-hour, deep-dive session will include Joan’s perspective on the core skills, knowledge, and sensibilities that women who aim to achieve the highest levels of design leadership should cultivate—and suggestions for how to develop them.

In the second portion of the session, Joan and her HGA colleagues, Tim Carl, Rebecca Celis, Roxanne Nelson, Paula Verboomen, and Ashleigh Grizzell will discuss how women architects who want to focus their careers on design can be supported, mentored, recognized, and promoted.

For more information, visit AIA Women’s Leadership Summit.