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.

HAS YOUR CAREER TAKEN YOU ANYWHERE YOU DIDN’T EXPECT?

Yes, I love how tenuous, indirect relationships can lead to significant projects and lasting relationships. Sue knew Jacques who introduced me to Terry who hired my young firm for a 50 square foot project, resulting in a 25-year client relationship, seven store designs, and the store design leadership role at Metropolitan Market.  Kenichi referred me to Sharon who was fundraising for a fresco mural restoration, which led to a phone call with the client. That relationship grew into a 10-year building restoration project of Alfred Preis’ ILWU headquarters in Honolulu. More recently, a continuing education course in mediation led me to deeply satisfying volunteer work and the launch of an entirely new career and business at age 60.

WHERE IS THE FIELD OF ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING OR CONSTRUCTION HEADED?

I imagine like other arts, architecture is headed out of despondency and form-obsession and into a new way of engaging intelligently and viscerally with our problems.

CAN DESIGN SAVE THE WORLD?

Design thinking can and will.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE FROM YOUR WORK?

Help people rediscover and trust their innate powers of perception. Help them engage those powers for good communication and to deal constructively with conflict.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEATTLE-AREA STRUCTURE?

International Fountain for the endless joy.  It makes me think of my friend Kenichi. The grain terminal. It’s a real thing and beautiful sculptural structure, meaningful for its use. It makes me think of my friend Jon who was an observer/ artist/ builder of real and beautiful places. Camp Long, West Seattle, where my husband Sean and I were married 24 years ago.

IF YOU COULD SUM UP YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE IN A BUMPER STICKER, WHAT WOULD IT SAY?

Listening is a radical act.

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