Women Architects of the Past, Present, Future (1 LU – PENDING)
In celebration of Women’s History Month, this event will examine the historical representation and modern day activism of women in architecture. It will touch on architectural history with references to the text Race and Modern Architecture, and highlight women who are leading in research and activism within architecture.
Examining historical representation and modern-day activism of women in architecture.
With Geny Munoz, RA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA
Ellen Abraham, MBA, NOMA
Moderated by Jaime Matheron, AIA
About Your Speakers
Geny Munoz, RA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP, Assoc. DBIA HOK
Geny is a licensed architect in the state of California specializing in healthcare. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, certified in Evidence Based Design from the Center For Health Design, and most recently received her Assoc. DBIA credential. As a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she began her career in Los Angeles working with various healthcare providers throughout the region. Geny’s knowledge spans all phases of design and construction administration, and includes experience in higher education and high density residential. Her past work includes the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, as well as medical office renovations of various sizes. Geny has lived in the Bay Area for 10 years, and joined HOK in March of 2020. Last year, she served as one of the 5 mentors for the AIA East Bay 5x5x5 Mentorship Program.
Ellen Abraham, MBA, NOMA Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
A design project manager and entrepreneur, Ellen Abraham nurtures her passions through leading community-building activism, design-based philanthropy and high impact social justice & design advocacy projects. She currently works for Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), where she manages transportation & civic focused, large scale projects and founded the newly formed Global Equity Design Lab.
Selected to the Urban Design Forum’s 2021-22 Forefront Fellowship, her cohort is partnered with the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy to investigate how city government can strengthen community-based infrastructure to advance food equity for NYC.
In her effort to further share the highly diverse design identities and journeys within the AEC industry, Ellen created a pin-startup called ArchitectPins®.
Pacific Austin DAHLIN
A recent graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Pacific is a designer at DAHLIN Group pursuing architectural licensure in California. In her current role, she works primarily in affordable housing. Throughout her time at Cal Poly, she curated her design studios and supplemental coursework, focusing on environmental equity, intersectionality, and leadership as well as architectural history. Her thesis research was a critique of the American Dream, highlighting the suburban model as a segregated and environmentally destructive institution, and seeking solutions in resource sharing and co-housing. She had the opportunity to assistant teach Fundamentals of Environmental Design, as well as compile course material for and assistant teach a new course centered on racism in architectural history and theory.
Jaime Matheron, AIA, LEED AP DAHLIN
Jaime is a licensed architect with 15 years of experience. As a Senior Associate at Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, she leads a team that creates innovative design solutions for homebuilders. A successful project manager and team leader, she also has experience in designing mid-density townhome projects, and the permitting and construction phases of K-12 educational architecture. Jaime was born and raised in the East Bay, and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2006. She has always had a passion for community involvement and volunteering, and is a founder and leader of DAHLIN Barkitecture, an annual design build fundraiser that has supported several animal-related non-profit organizations. Jaime is a member of the AIA East Bay Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of the Young Architects/Emerging Professionals Committee.