I Am AIA:
In her former career as an architect, the most satisfying part of Nora’s work was leading teams of people through complex decisions, from conflict to creativity. These experiences drew her to facilitative mediation. Nora trained at the Volunteers of America Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in Everett, Washington, where she completed the rigorous eighteen-month practicum required for certification. Since 2012, Nora has served as a volunteer mediator at the DRC in Seattle, mediating parenting plans, divorce matters, property division, parent-teen conversations, and workplace conflicts.
WHY DID YOU JOIN AIA SEATTLE?
This year I became a sponsor to reconnect with my former A&E colleagues in my new role of mediator, facilitator, and conflict engagement specialist.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF AIA TO YOU?
Connectivity, learning, and advocacy.
WHAT RELATIONSHIPS HAVE YOU CREATED?
When I was a young architect, the AIA connected me through events and committee work with leaders in the field who provided guidance and models of collaboration, professionalism and design excellence. (You know who you are. Thank you.)
Now as a mediator/facilitator, I’m developing relationships with design firms who want their leaders and staff to build strong communication and conflict-handling skills.
WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I’m preparing for my December 8th CAP Collaboration presentation ‘How to Run a Meeting’, and developing a series of interactive workshops for architecture firm leaders and staff.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I’m a certified mediator, conflict engagement specialist, and architect with 30 years’ experience in design and multimillion-dollar project management. I know the design profession from inside and out – as an architect, a business owner, and from the client’s point of view as a retail development executive. I combine my knowledge of the profession with the skills of a mediator to offer retreats and workshops in communication and conflict engagement to design leaders and their firms.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TODAY?
(11/22/17) An interview on KBCS with Joy DeLyria, Science Interpretation Program Supervisor at the Pacific Science Center, on how to talk about climate change. She understands that our strongly held beliefs, whether factual or not, are tied to our identity. When we challenge someone about their beliefs, opinions or political views, we are challenging their identity. This is why it’s so hard to ‘convince’ someone to change their mind. Also Facebook photos of Teresa Rodriguez’ exotic tuber harvest.