Event Date: 
03.28.19 to 03.29.19

Norma Merrick Sklarek: Redefining Public

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Norma Merrick Sklarek: Redefining Public
A conference organized by Women in Design and Architecture at Princeton University School of Architecture

Thursday, March 28 | 6pm
Friday, March 29 | 10am - 4pm
Betts Auditorium
Princeton University School of Architecture

Norma Merrick Sklarek: Redefining Public explores the architecture of Sklarek, a seminal African-American practitioner whose design contributions and leadership manifest in various civic projects across the United States and abroad. As captured in the panel discussion themes of Authorship, Collaboration, and Leadership, Sklarek was a bold figure of “firsts” as she moved between scales of practice in various roles: from a project manager, to a collaborator and a mentor. The conference brings together multiple voices from Sklarek’s career--including colleagues, collaborators, and close friends--to cultivate further scholarship and discourse on both her career and the architectural discipline at large.  

Organized by Women in Design and Architecture (WDA) at Princeton University School of Architecture, this annual conference celebrates the work and legacy of a pivotal female architect or designer with contributions from international historians and scholars, in addition to artists, curators and practitioners.

Thursday, March 28
6pm Introduction to Norma Merrick Sklarek: Redefining Public
Dean Monica Ponce de Leon

Keynote Presentation
Michelle Joan Wilkinson 
PhD, Museum Curator, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Women in Design and Architecture: Larissa Guimaraes, Sheila Lin, Jamie Lipson, Elena M’Bouroukounda, and Anna Renken

7:30pm Reception


Friday, March 29
10am Introduction
Dean Monica Ponce de Leon

10:15am Authorship Panel
Introduction by Sheila Lin
V. Mitch McEwen (Moderator) Assistant Professor of Architecture, Princeton University; Principal, A(n) Office; Founding Director, Princeton Black Box
Dr. Sharon E. Sutton FAIA, Visiting Professor, Parsons School of Design
Mira Henry Design Faculty, SCI-Arc; Principal, Henry Architecture (HA); Co-Principal, Current Interests
Allison Grace Williams FAIA, Architect and Founder, AGWms_studio

11:15am Presentation
Introduction by Larissa Guimaraes
Roberta Washington FAIA, Principal, Roberta Washington Architects, PC (RWA)

12:15pm Lunch

1:00pm Collaboration Panel
Introduction by Anna Renken
Jennifer Newsom (Moderator) Architect and Artist, Dream the Combine; Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Architecture
Kate Diamond FAIA, Design Director, HDR Architecture; Former Partner, Siegel l Sklarek l Diamond
Hazel Ruth Edwards PhD, FAICP, Assoc. AIA; Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture, Howard University

2:00pm Screening and Discussion
Introduction by Elena M’Bouroukounda
Carla Jackson Bell
 PhD, Dean and Professor, The Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS)
Kathryn H. Anthony PhD, ACSA Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3:00pm Leadership Panel
Introduction by Jamie Lipson
Imani Day (Moderator) Assoc. AIA, Designer, Gensler; Editorial Fellow, Avery Review
Debra Gerod FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Gruen Associates
Gabrielle Bullock FAIA, IIDA, NOMA, LEED AP, Director, Global Diversity, Perkins + Will (LA)
Carolyn Armenta Davis Hon. AIA, Independent Architecture Historian, Curator and Lecturer

4:00pm Reception

Organized by Women in Design and Architecture. Conference made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning Fund at Princeton University.

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Photos Available on Princeton SoA Flickr
Videos Available on Princeton SoA Vimeo.