Annual Show & Tell
a Small Firm Forum Program
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Free AIA members/$3 Guests; bring your lunch.
1.5 CES LUs
For this year’s Annual Show and Tell, we are pleased to bring you three women in architecture to discuss their work and share their insight on the industry.
About the Presenters:
Alexandra Odabachian has practiced architecture in the Bay Area since 1997, and will present slides of her work and life. Her work-to-date has consisted of residential remodels, additions, new structure as well as light commercial work. She strives to infuse each project with order and beauty and to create better connections between building and site. Along with work images, she will show influential photos from her travels and childhood in Beirut.
Tasha Leverette and Ariella Granett, AIA are two representatives from the Oakland firm Gyroscope, Inc. Gyroscope’s mission is to design learning environments that provide value for children, families and communities. “We specialize in museums, libraries, learning gardens and other cultural institutions. As architects of learning environments, we encounter some unusual challenges like designing a giant, ADA accessible “Hawks Nest” amidst a small grove of towering live oaks, creating an art installation to activate an entry courtyard at a museum or designing a three-story erupting volcano that sits within a 8,400-gallon fresh water tank to be explored by ROV’s. Whatever the challenge, our approach to creative problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinking and a can-do attitude is what keeps our architecture-trained staff (as well as the structural and MEP consultants we work with) energized and engaged.”
By the end of this presentation, attendees will…
- Be able to identify a variety of service niches for small firms.
- State three ways small firms juggle design, client needs and business realities.
- Establish new creative strategies and methods for staying motivated.
- List three ways one’s cultural and physical surroundings may inform our work for more creative solutions.