Lise de Vito| Assoc. AIA
You name it! The path of growth and inspiration is varied and sometimes unexpected. Lately, I have been struck on a personal level by how many young women I meet who have taken the opportunity, due to or encouraged by the Pandemic, to start their own practices. Having more female role models for the older generation AND of the younger generation gives us all a window into what is possible and how a path can be laid.
I have facilitated Henrybuilt’s team involvement in providing the new Center with both Henrybuilt and our sister company, SpaceTheory, design, and product through a donation in-kind. Areas of scope will be the mezzanine level reception, meeting areas as well as the staff kitchen.
Through virtual programming within the “Fresh Brew” Series, and working with the Manager of Public Programs, Annabelle Udo-O’Malley, I created the concept, content and moderate the “Makers Series”. The intent of the intermittent “Makers Series” is to bring forward makers whose work intersects architecture to expose the processes, grit and complex stories behind what makes a maker. The “Maker Series” was incubated with the intent to help publicize the Center project itself and some of its’ makers and will continue to highlight stories of makers from within our diverse Bay Area community.
The Center will become an incredible, active hub for the industry with services and programming that invite and involve a growing interested public as well as the architectural community – where we can all learn from each other. It will be exciting to see how the Center will play a role in expanded AIASF & CD+A programming inspiring new and broader ideas we otherwise have not been able to consider.
The Center will put San Francisco on the map in how the Chapter can aid to engage, educate and inspire as well as lower the historically lofty practice of architecture. With a broader and heightened public interest in design, housing, equity and the environment it is imperative to utilize the Center for programming and events for greater relevance, impact and solutions.
I continue to push my personal and professional learning by staying involved in design matters and policy that might move the needle of understanding and inspiration.