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Diversity and Inclusion > 2013 Diversity Council Convention Events > Equal Roles Equal Voices

WE303 Equal Roles, Equal Voices
Wednesday, June 20, 2013
1:00 – 5:00 pm
$175, 3.75 LUs
Colorado Convention Center
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Join other firm leaders at this engaging and dynamic preconvention workshop to learn how to advance women to ensure your business success!

Speakers Include: Phillip G. Bernstein, FAIA, RIBA; Susan Chin, FAIA; Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA; Betsey Olenick Dougherty, FAIA; Peter DiMaggio, PE, SECB; Teuila Hanson; Clyde Porter, FAIA; Carol Wedge, FAIA

Join your colleagues at this engaging and dynamic preconvention workshop focused on women in architecture. Leave prepared to help transform the profession and increase its value through the full contributions of women at all levels.

Participants will discover how to incorporate attention to gender equity, parity, and inclusion into their firms’ priorities; what actions to take – based on successes in other professions and in architecture firms – to recruit, advance, and retain women all the way to the top; and how to create benchmarks and goals. Participants will create a road map tailored to their respective firm. All – from skeptics to those ready but unsure of the next step – will complete the workshop more willing to leave the comfort of the familiar for a more dynamic, responsive organization and profession.


Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, is 2013 AIA President-elect and 2014 AIA President. She is also Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Architecture (VCA), a Richmond based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the public's understanding and appreciation of architecture. Through an expansive array of outreach and educational programs, the VCA develops a broader understanding of architecture and the influence architects have on people's lives in communities across the state and around the world.

During more than 18 years of national AIA service, Helene has held numerous leadership positions including Institute Secretary (2011-2012), national Vice President (2000), and national Board membership (1996-98, 2000, and 2011-2012). She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the American Architectural Foundation and a past President of both The Virginia Society AIA and AIA Blue Ridge.

In addition to managing her own private architectural practice for 11 years and working for a large A+E firm, Helene has been employed in several not-for-profit settings including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and at AIA National.

During her tenure on the national AIA staff, she was Managing Director of Component Relations; Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Relationships; and Team Vice President, AIA Community.

Helene was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2000 in recognition of her volunteer service to the profession and her emphasis on nurturing future professionals. Helene received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, where she was named “Woman of the Year” in 1981 for her academic excellence and exemplary student leadership.

Clyde Porter, FAIA, IIDA, NCARB, NOMA, is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management and Planning/District Architect for the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), an organization that administrates and supports the traditional approach to design and construction contracting for the seven campuses, one institute and two administrative, plus five satellite facilities of the community college system, serving over 100,000 students and faculty annually. During his tenure, he has master planned and completed over $1 billion of district-wide new construction, renovation, and expansion projects, i.e.: student centers, classrooms, administrative and infrastructure improvements. Presently, he is directing the DCCCD sustainability and maintenance long-range master plan $100 million program. Prior to that, he served as the chief architect for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit $2.9 billion transportation project, where he completed 10 transit center designs and set the regional architectural vernacular for the DART rail and bus transit center program.

Throughout his career he as managed more than $6 billion in design and construction. In 2003, he was the first architect in the history of Texas to be honored by Governor Perry with the highest award Texas can bestow, a commissioned Admiral in the Texas Navy, for his outstanding contribution to the state. This was preceded by honors from both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate by resolution for his outstanding contribution in architecture as a premier public architect. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Again, he was honored by the State of Texas in 2007 by resolution for this achievement. In addition, Mr. Porter, FAIA, was awarded the 2009 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award by the National AIA Board of Directors and received the State of Texas Governor’s Recognition for that achievement. In 2011, he served on the National AIA Jury for Collaborative and Professional Achievement Awards, and was appointed to the National AIA Ethics Council for 2011-2013.

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Teuila Hanson, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, AECOM, assumed a leadership role for Diversity & Inclusion at AECOM in 2009. She has developed a global integrated strategy for diversity and inclusion that takes a multi-tiered approach: incorporating the tenets of diversity and inclusion in the company’s talent acquisition framework, leadership development, employee engagement and Human Resource communications. Teuila launched and sponsors AECOM’s Global Women’s Council and has designed related programs and activities aimed at advancing gender diversity. In addition, Teuila consults and advises senior leadership on how to sponsor workplace programs and be agents of cultural change.

In 2011, Teuila Hanson was named as one of the top diversity executives by Black Enterprise, an African-American magazine that provides business, investing and wealth-building resources. Teuila joined AECOM in 2008, as assistant general counsel, to manage global employment and labor matters. She brought more than 10 years of employment law experience focusing on Human Resources and diversity issues. Teuila received a B.A. degree from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, U.S.A., and a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University, School of Law, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Teuila resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a wife and mother of two boys (Zach, 9 years old and Joshua, 6 years old). In her spare time, Teuila loves to make ice cream for her kids and read anything relating to culture, visual communication and design.


Phillip G. Bernstein FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, is a Vice President at Autodesk, a leading provider of digital design, engineering and entertainment software. He leads Strategic Industry Relations for the Autodesk, where he is responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for technology with particular focus on the building industry, as well as cultivating and sustaining the firm's relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations. Prior to joining Autodesk Phil practiced architecture as a principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions. Phil has taught at the Yale School of Architecture as a Lecturer in Professional Practice since 1988. He writes and lectures extensively about practice and technology issues, has been published in Architectural Record, Architecture, Architecture+Urbanism, Design Intelligence, Fortune and Perspecta and quoted in The Economist, Vanity Fair, Dwell and The Wall Street Journal. Phil is co-editor of Building (In) The Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture, published in 2010 by Princeton Architectural Press, as well as BIM in the Academy: Technology’s Implications for Practice and the Academy in 2011. He was the executive responsible for Autodesk’s recent Waltham AEC Headquarters, which has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, Business Week/Architectural Record, the Association of General Contractors and Interiors Magazine. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Industry Contributor Award in 2010 by the Connecticut Construction Institute. Phil received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University and a Master of Architecture also from Yale. He is a Trustee of the Emma Willard School of Troy, NY, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and former Chair of the AIA National Contract Documents Committee.

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Susan Chin, FAIA, is the Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit at the forefront of shaping the urban environment. She served as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs for over 20 years. During her tenure, more than $3 billion in new construction, revitalization and public art projects had been completed. Ms. Chin serves as 2013/2014 Vice President on the AIA National Board. She was 2005 AIA New York Chapter President and served on the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, and New York State Council on the Arts panels. She has lectured at City College of New York, Columbia University, Cornell University and Baruch College. Ms. Chin was the recipient of the 2004 AIANY Public Award, 2006 AIA NY State President’s Award and 2011 Matthew Del Gaudio award and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard.

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Peter DiMaggio, PE, SECB. As a principal with Weidlinger Associates, Inc., Mr. DiMaggio directs many of the firm’s most prestigious design projects. He has extensive experience with U.S. embassies, federal courthouses, offices, residential buildings, laboratories and special structures. High-profile projects he has designed and managed include the FBI headquarters in Portland, Oregon; US embassies in Berlin and Moscow; and the University of Virginia South Lawn project in Charlottesville, VA. Mr. DiMaggio has authored numerous papers, as well as a chapter in a book on the anti-terrorist design of structures and is a well-respected lecturer on structural mechanics. He has also served as a structural and blast engineering consultant to several legal teams regarding the adequacy and appropriateness of various designs.  Mr. DiMaggio currently serves as the Chairman of the Human Resources Committee which directs the firm’s strategic HR practices, and is tasked with developing strategies to hire and retain the most outstanding individuals in the firm.


Betsey Olenick Dougherty, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the founding partner at Dougherty + Dougherty Architects LLP. The firm, a woman-owned business, specializes in the unique design of high-tech educational and institutional facilities, with an emphasis on innovative energy efficient, sustainable award-winning projects.

Ms. Dougherty has continuously served her community and her profession since coming to Southern California in 1976. Her sense of commitment has led to tangible and measurable results with each unique responsibility. She is a passionate advocate of excellence and progress.

Her long career at local, state and national levels has provided a broad perspective toward representation advocacy and implementation. As a past National officer and Board Member with the American Institute of Architects, she has actively participated in a continual process of progressive review, action, member involvement and advocacy.

Ms. Dougherty dedicates a significant amount of her time to community activities. She has been a Committee Chair for the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Orange County, a Girl Scout leader, a member of National Charity League, a member of the City of Newport Beach Specific Area Plan Committee, a member of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Career Educational Advisory Committee, and a member of the Orange County Department of Education “Together Industry and Education” program. She co-chairs the Social Action Committee and serves as a board member of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, CA.

Ms. Dougherty recently completed serving as the National Chancellor of the American Institute of Architects AIA College of Fellows. She is the second woman to hold this national leadership role in the fifty-four year history of the College. She has been a member of the College of Fellows of the AIA since 1990, and is a strong advocate for mentoring within the profession to support the development of competence and expertise. The firm was recognized in 2011 as one of three recipients of the AIA Diversity Award for a career long dedication to the advancement and raining of a diverse staff and the support of diverse philanthropic pursuits.

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, is President of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, a national architecture and planning practice for leading institutional clients with offices in Boston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. As president, Carole has led a transformation of Shepley, with the creation of an open culture and work environment in new office space in Boston; the rebranding of the firm and its institutional identity; and the addition of offices in Phoenix (2009) and San Francisco (2012).

Carole got her start at Shepley Bulfinch in 1986, working in the mailroom as a co-op architecture student at the Boston Architectural Center. In 2000 she was named a principal and in 2004 she became the 130-year old firm’s first female president.

Throughout her career she has sought to transform organizations by challenging them to face issues with clarity, frankness, and commitment. As an architect she has focused on the convergence of learning and teaching and research environments, with a long-standing commitment to sustainable design. A leader, mentor, and advocate, Carole is committed to making the architectural profession relevant to future generations. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Boston Architectural College (BAC) and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

She serves on the AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable and the advisory board of the Design Futures Council’s publication, Design Intelligence. She has spoken and written widely, presenting at the last five AIA national conventions and speaking at multiFORMity ’08, the 2008 AIA Diversity Plenary.


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