Free and open to the public.
ADVOCATE! For Community: A discussion with Ann Beha and Natasha Espada on advancing equity and meaningful engagement within Architecture
ADVOCATE! is a multi-part series tackling issues of advocacy in practice, workplace, and professional life. Effective advocacy is critical to achieving professional goals at all career stages, whether getting that first opportunity, negotiating, finding (and being!) a good mentor, advancing to leadership positions, and impacting broader societal issues. All require advocacy--through communication, design leadership, service, and a clear set of beliefs and concerns that are actionable and impactful.
The series will identify tools and perspectives to draw from as you advocate for yourself, others within your workplace, and make positive change in the community. Sessions will address specific concerns when tackling these issues and each installment of the series will have a unique format and feature guest speakers. All are welcome and encouraged to join!
The discussion will also address platforms for change within architectural practice, and how smart partnerships can provide mutual benefit for firms.
About the Speakers
Ann’s work for the US Department of State, the Smithsonian distinguishes the firm for its national leadership. Her designs have reset expectations for existing buildings, introducing innovative contemporary design to legacy settings. Ann’s current work includes academic, museum, library, and community service buildings, from planning through design and construction delivery. Recognized nationally and internationally, Ann has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, the Women in Design Award of Excellence as well as the Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects, and the Award of Honor from the US Department of State, Overseas Building Operations.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Ann received a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, serves on Harvard’s Campus Design Advisory Council. She has taught at City College of New York and in 2023 will be Distinguished Visiting Professor of Design at Yale University. Ann’s greatest joy is her collaboration with her teams and clients, advocating architecture that serves and inspires, and reflects the mission and voice of stakeholders and the community.
Natasha Espada AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal