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Leaving a Legacy: <br>Aaron Gensler on Embracing Her Roots and Going Out on Her Own

Leaving a Legacy:
Aaron Gensler on Embracing Her Roots and Going Out on Her Own

By Julia Gamolina Aaron Gensler is a designer, activist, educator and thought leader based in Los Angeles. She recently founded GenslerClipp, an Architecture, Research and Design practice, and has previously held design positions at a diverse array of firms including Gensler, DS+R, and Active Social Architecture (ASA). In her past lives she exhibited as an […]


Design with Consideration: Jennifer Preston on Listening Fully and Finding Power in Her Voice

Design with Consideration: Jennifer Preston on Listening Fully and Finding Power in Her Voice

By Julia Gamolina Jennifer Preston is Partner at SHELTER Stories, a sustainable architectural design practice. Her design process weaves building science, material craft and spatial beauty. Her work is driven by an open-minded rigor, and a respect for nature; the result is lasting sanctuary. In addition to SHELTER, she is a Design Architect for The Laurentia […]


Museums and Motherhood: <br> Erin Flynn on The Type of Architect She Wanted to Be

Museums and Motherhood:
Erin Flynn on The Type of Architect She Wanted to Be

By Julia Gamolina Erin Flynn is an architect and a museums-specialist at Cooper Robertson, and a mother of two. She has worked on the new Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, and continues to add to the list of NYC museums with her current work as executive architect on the […]


Big Leaps, New Lands: <br> Sandra McKee on Trying Different Things, Living Abroad, and Saying What You Mean

Big Leaps, New Lands:
Sandra McKee on Trying Different Things, Living Abroad, and Saying What You Mean

By Julia Gamolina Sandra McKee is an architect and partner at Yoshihara McKee Architects, established in 1996 with offices in New York and Tokyo. Previously, she was a project director at Rafael Viñoly Architects, where she worked on the Tokyo International Forum. In her current practice, projects range in type and size from small residential works […]


Enthusiasm and Effort: <br>Jessica Myers on Staying Critical and Learning on the Fly

Enthusiasm and Effort:
Jessica Myers on Staying Critical and Learning on the Fly

By Julia Gamolina, cover image by Billy Ndengeyingoma Coming from a background in architecture, urban theory, and design, Jessica has worked in diverse practices, ranging from podcaster and writer to strategist, in New York and Paris. Jessica received a Bachelor’s of Architecture with concentrations in French and Urban Studies from Princeton University. After working for Bernard Tschumi Architects for several years, […]


Building Blocks and Leaps of Faith: <br>Jin Yi on Synthesizing Her Skills

Building Blocks and Leaps of Faith:
Jin Yi on Synthesizing Her Skills

by Julia Gamolina, cover image by Yuriy Chernets Photography Having earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and her Master in Architecture, both from Cornell University, Youngjin (Jin) Yi is now an Associate in Design and Construction at General Investment and Development (GID). Jin has previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Buro Happold, […]


Ambition and Doubt: <br>Zuhal Kol on Taking Risks and Gaining Perspective

Ambition and Doubt:
Zuhal Kol on Taking Risks and Gaining Perspective

By Julia Gamolina Zuhal Kol is the Founding Partner of OpenAct Architecture and Design Studio. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University with her 1st Honors degree in 2011 and her Master of Architecture from Cornell University, AAP in 2013. She has previous experience working as an architect in Istanbul and as […]


Working Together: <br>Siobhan Rockcastle on Learning from Others and Sharing What You Know

Working Together:
Siobhan Rockcastle on Learning from Others and Sharing What You Know

By Julia Gamolina Siobhan (a.k.a Shevy) Rockcastle is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and a co-founder of OCULIGHT dynamics, a company offering specialized daylight design support.  Her research explores topics at the intersection of architectural design, human perception and well-being, environmental dynamics, and building performance focusing on lighting research.  She […]


Long Visions: <br/> Nicole Dosso on Managing Complexity and Making an Impact

Long Visions:
Nicole Dosso on Managing Complexity and Making an Impact

By Julia Gamolina Nicole Dosso is a Technical Director in SOM’s New York office, having joined the firm in 1998. A recognized expert in the technical challenges and solutions associated with the design of tall buildings in complex urban contexts, Nicole has extensive project experience that includes work on SOM’s key projects at the World […]


All Those Other Skills: <br>Iben Falconer on Connecting the Dots and Knowing Your Value

All Those Other Skills:
Iben Falconer on Connecting the Dots and Knowing Your Value

By Julia Gamolina Iben Falconer is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. Prior to joining Columbia, she was an Associate and the Business Development Director, Americas for BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group from 2010-2016. During her tenure, the NYC office grew from 13 to 200 employees, […]