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WiD Wednesday with Studio Luz Architects—Sociedad Latina

BSA Symposium Concept refresh opt 2 5 01

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  • COST

    Free for BSA and BosNOMA members, $20 nonmembers

  • TYPE





    1.5 LU HSW AIA credits available

This event is part of Intersections: Equity, Environment + the City, a multi-day symposium November 6–13, 2021 brought to you by BosNOMA and Women in Design on intersectional and participatory design processes in Boston. View the full symposium schedule here.

About the Session

Sociedad Latina is a Boston-based organization that supports Latinx communities through mentorship and civic engagement, workforce development, arts and culture access, academic assistance, and family support. Join Hansy Better Barraza AIA LEED ID+C, Founding Principle of Studio Luz Architects and 2021 Recipient of the Women in Design Award of Excellence, for a presentation on how this building was transformed from a traditional three-story apartment building into a dynamic multi-use space through participatory design processes.


Hansy Better Barraza AIA LEED ID+C
Founding Principle, Studio Luz Architects

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Hansy L. Better Barraza AIA LEED ID+C uses her more than two decades of professional experience to offer her clients a leading perspective on sustainable design methods, innovative material use, and modern digital fabrication techniques. As a tenured Professor of Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Hansy strives to teach her students what she pursues at Studio Luz: an exploration of how design can foster resiliency, sustainability, and equity in communities typically excluded from the architectural process.

Hansy Better Barraza AIA LEED ID+C is also one of the recipients of the 2021 Women in Design Award of Excellence. Learn more here.

Alexandra Oliver-Dávila
Executive Director, Sociedad Latina

Sociedad Latina, a non-profit organization founded in 1968 for at-risk Latino youth located in Mission Hill. For over 20 years, Alexandra Oliver-Dávila has been fighting for equal representation of Latinos in the US. Serving as Executive Director for Sociedad Latina since 1999, Alex has transformed Sociedad Latina into a cutting-edge, data-driven youth development organization. Under her leadership, Sociedad Latina has quadrupled its budget, expanded board membership, increased the total number of youth and families served, broadened programming, and developed our Pathways to Success model.

Emily K. Bozek
Project Manager, Haynes Group Inc

Construction Supervisor License OSHA-10Hr As Project Manager for Haynes Group, Emily is responsible for overseeing on-site operations including construction schedules, ensuring proper manpower and materials, safety compliance, and contract management. For the Sociedad Latina Project Emily served as the main point of contact for construction. Emily has a proven track record of success working on multi-faceted projects for Haynes Group. Her interpersonal communication capabilities and ability to think outside the box makes her an asset on projects.