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The ABX Subcommittee plans our annual symposium at the Architecture Boston Expo.

2018 Co-chairs: 
Charlotte Bouvier /
Mary McCarthy /

Committee Members:
Andrea Yoder, AIA /




Thank you to our sponsors:



WID 01 – Envisioning the future: Women in Design Keynote Breakfast

Time 8:00-10:00am

As designers, we shape our built environment to benefit its inhabitants but as community demographics shift, so do the needs of the community. Careful consideration must be placed on projecting that vision to the future. What is the process and application of planning projects? How can we best give voice to all stakeholders? It is critical that we work creatively and collaboratively toward a common goal of providing spaces for people to not only live and work but to thrive in. Envisioning initiatives serve to guide the process and convey to decision makers the interests of the community. These can vary in scale from resident advocates working with businesses to lobby for street improvements to government-initiated citywide revitalization. What can we learn from these processes to best guide our own pursuits/designs? What does that future look like? How do you go from policy to a better built environment?


Manikka Bowman, Program Director, Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Reginald Bacon, Newburyport Preservation Trust Member, Independent Museum Professional

Susan Nguyen, Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Brooke Trivas, Principal, Perkins+Will


Maren Reepmeyer, Senior Associates, CBT Architects


TH16 - Designed with Community In Mind (Sponsored by WiD)

Time 11:00am-12:30pm

This session will build on the lessons learned from CBT's Housing the Hub initiative to take a deep dive into structuring community engagement processes for the 21st century. We will cover the following engagement strategies from our successful 2016 public exhibition and discussion series on urban housing innovation. Team Up. Our public, private and non-profit partners brought unique insights, robust outreach networks and unwavering support to our initiative. Go to Them. Our central, outdoor location allowed us to attract a much wider and larger audience than traditional community engagement programs. Keep it Simple. We were struck by the power of telling a strong story. Bold visuals, key facts and thoughtful narratives came together to tell a holistic story that resonated with an extremely diverse audience. Be Proactive. Too often community engagement is reactive. Community members continuously thanked us for offering them an opportunity to learn about and play a proactive role in shaping our city’s future. Give Them Options. We used a wide variety of mediums (including augmented and virtual reality) to share an a-la-carte menu of design ideas so that there was something for everyone. The session will also include additional insight and advice from similar community projects.


WD05 - Women in Design Award of Excellence Ceremony & Luncheon

Time 1:00pm-2:30pm

The Women in Design Award of Excellence honors individuals who exhibit exceptional achievement in person, process, product and position in design for the for the built environment in the New England area. During this luncheon, we present the award to this year’s winners and hear from them about design, the design community, and the path that made them the truly special individuals we are honoring. Join us for this truly inspiring celebration.

Award Recipients:

Carol Burns, FAIA, LEED AP - Principal, Taylor & Burns

Katherine Faulkner, AIA, LEED AP - Principal, NADAAA

Sigrid Miller Pollin, FAIA - Principal, Miller Pollin Architecture


TH25 - Politics, Partnerships and the Public Process (Sponsored by WiD)

Time 3:00-4:30pm

In 1995, the East Boston Greenway was a community vision for a 3.3 mile long, multi-use linear park comprised of trails and parks, which would reunite a long- divided East Boston and would promote social and environmental justice. The trail would begin near Boston Harbor, travel along the former Conrail railroad right-of-way through Bremen Street Park link to Memorial Stadium Park and continue on to Constitution Beach. In 2017, it is 90% complete and serves a diverse, low income population of 40,000. This dynamic public space has changed the lives of residents throughout this working-class community and has become the best route to the water from the Jeffries Point, Eagle Hill, Paris Street Flats and Orient Heights neighborhoods. The Greenway is an astonishing example of a successful public-private partnership based on fervently held community values and implemented through creative public and private urban design moves. The Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and the Trust for Public Land began the effort by persuading Conrail to donate its unused railroad right-of-way for the Greenway. DCR then agreed to build a segment of the Greenway in Constitution Beach. The MBTA allowed DCR to construct a new pedestrian bridge (Leers Weinzapfel) over the Blue Line tracks to connect the adjacent neighborhood to Constitution Beach. Massport carried out a three-way land swap with the Central Artery Tunnel Project (Big Dig) that made the Park ‘n Fly Lot next to the ConRail ROW available for Bremen Street Park. The MBTA agreed to demolish the inaccessible, dilapidated Airport Station and replace it with a new light - filled station on the Greenway. East Boston citizens then persuaded MassHighway to sink Route 1A northbound to an elevation low enough to accommodate a pedestrian connector that brings people through the community to the new station. The East Boston Greenway has attracted both public and private investment. The MassPike preserved and facilitated the re-use of a nineteenth century railroad Engine House by the YMCA (Linea 5), in Bremen Street Park. The City of Boston built a new 17.4 million dollar 15,000 square feet East Boston branch of the Boston Public Library next to Bremen Street Park (William Rawn Associates). Excel Academy Charter High School built a facility next to the East Boston Public Library. Embassy Suites Hotel at Logan Airport located in a location accessible to Greenway spur through Memorial Stadium Park. Porter 156 is developed near a Greenway spur through Memorial Stadium Park. bargmann hendrie + archetype converted this former bra factory abutting this park into 216 loft condominiums.


WD09 – Women in Design Happy Hour

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Join us as we wrap up the symposium with a Happy Hour on the show floor. Network with your colleagues, enjoy a cocktail, and support a worthy cause by participating in our raffle. All proceeds will support Rosie’s Place, a women's shelter in Boston that provides a safe and nurturing environment where poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives. Join us and help support this worthy cause and great organization. (Free and open to all with access to the Expo floor. Cash bar.)

If you have any questions contact Mary McCarthy at or Charlotte Bouvier at