Nov 10: Merrill Elam Lecture

Thursday | November 10

Open House – 5:30 | Lecture – 6:30

Kansas City Design Center
1018 Baltimore
Kansas City, Missouri

Merrill Elam is a principal in the firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her practice she lectures and teaches frequently and has served as Visiting Critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Oct 20: WiD-KU Lecture

Thursday | October 20 | 6:30pm

KU Campus | Marvin Hall – Jury Room (210)
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Women in Design – KU Chapter has invited WiD-KC to attend a social and lecture in Marvin Hall on KU’s Campus on October 20th. Barbara Carswell, wife of Architecture Professor Bill Carswell, will be speaking to the group on “Advancing”, particularly what behavior or steps would help one advance in the workforce. Barbara has won the Athena award and frequently lectures to companies and student groups.  Pizza will be served during the social session for the first half hour before the lecture begins.

Social/Networking: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 pm

Please join WiD-KC as we connect with the students at KU for this exciting event, RSVP to

Please note, the time specified in the October Newsletter was incorrect, the social/networking begins at 6:30 and the lecture will begin at 7:00pm.

Sept 23-24: 2011 Women’s Leadership Summit

Advancing Women in Leadership Positions

Friday-Saturday | September 23-24

Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri

The 2011 Women’s Leadership Summit is a 2-day conference for women in architecture already in positions of leadership. The Summit will focus on supporting women in leadership by providing a forum to recognize, inform, and champion the work being created by women in architecture.

What is Your Definition of Success?

*Connect and learn from your peers across the country.
*Strengthen your brand and your network.
*Elevate your exposure and your reach.
*Grow your legacy beyond your practice.

Principals, Owners, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Executives: Go to AIA.ORG to learn more and register today.

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April 29: Beverly Willis Presentation

Friday, April 29  |  5:30-8:00, presentation from 6-7:30

AIA – Kansas City
1801 McGee, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64108

Join us for a special screening of “A Girl Is a Fellow Here”: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, the film explores the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright.   Writer/Director, Beverly Willis, FAIA will be speaking about the film and available for a Q&A Session.
Click here to RSVP or email for more information.

Beverly Willis, FAIA |  President, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Willis is an artist, architect, author and philanthropist. After 50 years of practice, Willis founded the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation whose mission is to expand the knowledge of women’s contribution to the built environment and uncover the lost histories of these women, so for the first time ever, they can become part of the history of architecture. And so can women practicing today.  As an architect, among her well-known buildings are the San Francisco Ballet Association Building and School in the City’s Civic Center, Manhattan Village Academy High School, New York City, and the Nob Hill Court Apartments, San Francisco. Her work has been widely published. Her art and design work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York and the Honolulu Gallery of Art Museum, Hawaii. Her book, Invisible Images: The Silent Language of Architecture was published by the National Building Museum in 1997. Her civic leadership as co-founder (with editor-in-chief, Metropolis Magazine, Susan Szenasy) of Rebuild Downtown Our Town (R.Dot) after 9/11 was recognized by the American Planning Association’s Metro Chapter’s Lawrence Orton Award for Excellence in City and Regional Planning (2003).

“A Girl Is A Fellow Here” ~ 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright *
A 15-minute film produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women, giving them both training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. In his studio in Oak Park and at both Taliesin Fellowships, Wright trained and practiced with women as draftsmen, designers, and fellow visionaries. “A Girl Is A Fellow Here”: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright focuses on six of those women – Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Lois Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Through their work and their own words, they reveal what they gleaned from Wright and where they departed from his model. Who they were, how they came to architecture, what they learned from The Master, and where their careers ultimately took them emerge from filmed and audio interviews…and their own.

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