Friday, September 11

9:00 AM | Keynote
Dr. Michelle Thompson (New Orleans)
Donna Carter, FAIA (Austin)

10:15 | Mid-morning Break
Dancing Grounds (New Orleans)

10:30 AM | Paired Presentations: Educational Typologies
Lauren Goldberg, AIA (Austin)
Leona Tate + Jonathan House, AIA + Tighe Kirkland, Assoc. AIA (New Orleans)

12:30 PM | Lunch Break

1:30 PM | Afternoon Roundtables: Environmentally-Focused Design in Landscape, Residential and Equitable Housing
Pippa Brashear + Liz Camuti - SCAPE (New Orleans)
Katie Coyne  + Wenjie Zhao - Asakura Robinson (Austin)
Ada Corral, AIA - Jobe Corral Architects (Austin)
Miwako Hattori, AIA - Studio Kiro (New Orleans)
Sara Satterlee, AIA - Mobile Fishes and Loaves (Austin)
Bill Petersen, Jr., AIA - Artspace (New Orleans)
Terri North - Providence Community Housing (New Orleans)

4:30 PM | Concluding Remarks

Saturday, September 12th

9:00 AM | Virtual Tours: Live Stream + Discussion
ACC Renovation: Lauren Goldberg  - BGK Architects (Austin)
Schoolhouse: Melissa Rome, AIA and Brian Rome - Rome Office (New Orleans)
McDonough 19 Renovations: Leona Tate + Manning Architects (New Orleans)

10:00 AM | Mentorship Small Groups
New Orleans: Judith Kinnard, FAIA; Megan Bell, AIA; Atianna Cordova, NOMA; Miriam Salas, AIA
Austin: Christy Taylor, AIA; Sophia Razzaque, AIA; Lauren Goldberg, AIA; Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA

12:00 PM | Concluding remarks
Donna Carter, FAIA (Austin)
Donna Carter, FAIA came to Texas after studying as a Ford Foundation Scholar at the American University in Cairo, with a BA from Yale University over 45 years ago. In an effort to understand her new and wondrous country, she traveled extensively in Texas and studied photography with Garry Winogrand at UT Austin. She temporarily relocated to Berkeley California where she received her Master of Architecture from the University of California in 1977.  She was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2010.
As President of CARTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES, Donna has led a practice focused on combining revitalization, historic preservation, urban planning and design with new construction within the context of complete communities.
During her tenure in Austin, Donna’s civic activities include service on numerous planning and development city task force committees and commissions.  She also co-chaired a community led implementation effort that culminated in the publishing of RUDAT  A Call… to Action.  On the state level, she has served on many professional and social service related boards, including her appointment to the Texas Historical Commission.
Carter Design Associates has received local and state design and preservation awards including A TxA Design Award for the Restoration of the Texas and Pacific Terminal Waiting Room in Fort Worth.  Donna has written several papers on preservation, cultural tourism and cultural stewardship.  Her essays and speeches on Urban Ecology, Site Planning Strategies for Sustainable Design, and Preservation, Revitalization, and Cultural Tourism as key components for locally led economic development, have been especially welcome within underserved and underrepresented communities. Although a practicing architect, Donna’s work is the most impactful at the intersection of policy, planning, community voice and the built environment.
Dr. Michelle Montgomery Thompson (New Orleans)
Dr. Michelle M. Thompson is an Associate Professor at the University of New Orleans in the Department of Planning & Urban Studies (UNO PLUS). Dr. Thompson teaches courses in applied geographic information systems, community development finance, housing, transportation, urban studies, neighborhood and land use planning.  She received a Masters’ in Regional Planning'84 and Ph.D.'01 from the Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning with a focus on community development and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS). Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs from Syracuse University in 1982. Thompson obtained her Geographic Information Systems Professional certification (GISP) in 2015. 
Thompson’s research focuses the innovative development and application of public and private participation geographic information systems (p3GIS) in community development and reinvestment.  Since 2008 Thompson has been the Project Manager of the web-based community mapping service,, which combines parcel level neighborhood condition information with public data to monitor socio-economic and demographic changes. 
Dr. Thompson & husband Kevin created Cross World Africa, Inc. in 2009 to provide cultural and economic support to families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Thompson is also the Principal of Thompson Real Estate Consultants LLC, a real estate research and education firm. As a former licensed residential real estate appraiser, Thompson has worked in both public and private companies related to the finance of residential and commercial real estate. Thompson has a long-term interest in working with community development organizations to provide technical support, market research and evaluation services. Since 2018 Thompson has served as a Senior Data Fellow with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth focusing on Financial Inclusion and Local Economic Empowerment. In July 2019 Thompson became a Fellow with the Royal (London) Geographical Society.
Paired Presentations: Educational Typologies
Lauren Goldberg (Austin)
Lauren Goldberg joined Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek in 1996 and has led some of the firm’s largest and most iconic projects, such as the Palmer Events Center. Lauren’s work has focused on educational spaces and collaborative learning environments including ACC’s Highland Campus, Texas State University’s Nursing and Health Professions Buildings and Texas A&M’s South Commons renovation. Mentoring younger architects and leading the firm’s sustainability program fill out her role within the office. Outside of work, her time often goes to hiking, training, and competing with her dogs.
Leona Tate (New Orleans)
Leona Tate, civil rights pioneer and community activist, was one of four African-American students to integrate McDonogh 19 in November of 1960. she established the Leona Tate foundation for change to help purchase the school she integrated. She and her partners alembic community developers are readying the historic landmark building to reopen in spring 2021 as a mixed-use development dedicated to the history of New Orleans public school desegregation, civil rights, and black life.
Tighe B. Kirkland (New Orleans)
Tighe Kirkland, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate, joined Manning Architects in 2010, serving as a designer and project manager on corporate, residential, hospitality, and lifestyle projects. She is experienced in all phases of the design and construction process, from programming and design development to construction administration. Her other experience includes marketing and graphics coordination for proposals and presentation.
Jonathan House (New Orleans)
Jonathan House, AIA, LEED Green Associate, grew up in South Louisiana and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2013. After working for several years in residential architecture in Austin, Texas, he returned home to earn his Master of Architecture at Tulane University.

Jonathan believes that architecture should have an intimate appreciation for the built environment’s influence on public space. His belief in the civic responsibility of designers has lead him to Manning Architects where he continues to learn how to develop design solutions that address local and national concerns. Jonathan has a passion for the details that make a design project as engaging to the hand as it is to the eye.
Environmentally-Focused Design: Landscapes
Wenjie Zhao (Austin)
Wenjie Zhao is an associate landscape designer with experience working on a broad range of public projects in Austin, Houston, The Woodlands and San Antonio area. She is passionate about environmental improvement, planting design, and outdoor playgrounds. Her portfolio includes civic, institutional, hospitality, housing, park design, and retail landscape projects. As a LEED certified designer, Wenjie has incorporated a variety of sustainable design and green infrastructure techniques into her work. Significant projects that Wenjie has contributed to include Govalle neighborhood pool, Tomochichi courthouse annex, Austin State Hospital Brain Health Redesign, Austin Bergstorm International Airport and the Texas A&M University multipurpose building in Killeen.
Liz Camuti (New Orleans)
Liz is a Landscape Designer at SCAPE, based in our New Orleans office. Influenced by her experiences living in Louisiana, her work has centered around designing responsive forms of infrastructure in rapidly changing environments, specifically working with communities facing managed retreat due to climate change. She is currently a designer on the Chattahoochee RiverLands Greenway Study and contributes to various other resiliency projects throughout the Southeast.
Liz earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia where she received the ASLA Certificate of Honor and was named the 2018 National Graduate Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). She is currently continuing her research as fellow in the 2019 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Liz also holds a Bachelor of Science in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.
Katie Coyne, AICP, Certified Ecologist - ESA, SITES AP (Austin)
Katie leads the Urban Ecology Studio at Asakura Robinson where she drives the firm’s work to integrate more science into practice. The Urban Ecology Studio’s work spans planning and design disciplines and incorporates resilient design principles, landscape ecology, plant science, health science, climate science, and other bodies of knowledge into our work on parks, conservation areas, urban landscapes, neighborhood and small area plans, sustainable tourism strategies, and green infrastructure planning and design. Katie’s traditional training in ecology and her education in planning and design has armed her with the tools to understand how economic, cultural, social, and ecological goals must be balanced across scales for a resilient future.

In 2019, Katie was named the winner of the Austin Under 40 Award for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction category; and, recognized as one the top 25 women leaders in Austin as a finalist in the Austin Business Journal's Profiles in Power Awards. Recently, Katie won the Central Texas 2020 Planner of the Year Award. In Katie’s free time she serves as Vice Chair for the City of Austin Environmental Commission and for the City of Austin Joint Sustainability Committee, as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee focused on creating the 2020 Austin Climate Equity Plan, and on the Board of Directors for The Trail Foundation and Equality Texas (#yallmeansall).
Pippa Brashear (New Orleans)
Pippa is the Planning Principal at SCAPE. A leading expert on resilience planning and climate adaptation, Pippa currently manages SCAPE’s role on the Financial District and Seaport Resilience Project in Lower Manhattan for the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC); Climate Ready Dorchester, a neighborhood-scale resilience plan for the City of Boston; and the Design and Implementation phase of Living Breakwaters for the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), among other projects. Pippa has played a lead role developing coastal protection strategies for the City of New York’s Strategic Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience (SIRR); working with community planning committees as part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program after Hurricane Sandy; and developing the Hudson River Rebuild By Design project in collaboration with Dewberry and OMA. Pippa holds a Master in Landscape Architecture and Master in Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College.
Environmentally-Focused Design: Residential
Ada Corral, AIA (Austin)
Ada Corral, AIA, is a founding partner of Jobe Corral Architects, a women owned architecture firm based in Austin, Texas. Jobe Corral specializes in highly crafted residential architecture and select civic and commercial spaces that are rooted in the beauty of the site and in the experience of place. Ada grew up in Puerto Rico where she began her architecture studies. She later graduated with high honors and received a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. Ada is a registered architect in the state of Texas since 2005, and is the recipient of the 2018 Austin Under 40 award for the category of Architecture, Engineering and Construction.  
In addition to practicing architecture, Ada has held teaching positions at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and at Austin Community College. A natural leader who was brought up to value service, Ada works professionally and personally to improve the quality of life and the built environment in Austin. She is an alumnus of Leadership Austin’s Emerge program, serves on the Ballet Austin Board of Directors, and is a member of the City of Austin Board of Adjustment. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and three kids, and her favorite things to do are read and dance ballet.
Miwako Hattori, AIA, LEED AP (New Orleans)
Miwako Hattori, AIA, LEED AP, is a founder and Principal of Studio Kiro.  She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and has spent over 20 years in New Orleans.  Before she fell in love with New Orleans, she spent her architectural education and early career in Tokyo, Japan, Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, Prague, Czech Republic and Berlin, Germany. She has worked at one of New Orleans’ leading architectural firms for the past 10 years as Studio Director and Principal.  She has extensive project experience at a variety of scales, ranging in cost from $100,000 to $80 million with the market varying from residential, hospitality, civic, transportation and higher education.
Miwako believes that the architectural space should relate to its cultural, climactic and urban or natural context.  New places and spaces that reflect clients’ and users’ desired life approach should enhance and give energy to the existing surroundings and become a part of the community.  She received Bachelor of Housing and Architecture from Japan Women’s University and Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University.  She has thought Affordable Housing Architectural Design Studio at Tulane University School of Architecture
Environmentally-Focused Design: Equitable Housing
Sarah Satterlee (Austin)
Sarah Satterlee currently serves as Staff Architect for Mobile Loaves & Fishes at Community First! Village, a 51-acre permanent supportive housing community for formerly chronically homeless in Austin, TX. In this role, she leads out on master plan development as the village continues to expand, as well as coordinates design and construction of homes and community buildings. Sarah cares passionately about crafting a built environment that facilitates strong community living, especially for people with unique needs and less access to design services. A native New Orleanian, she has worked with design firm Colectivo on many residential, commercial projects, as well as several community and social outreach focused design/build projects with the Small Center for Collaborative Design. Sarah holds a BS from Baylor University and an M.Arch from Tulane University.
Bill Petersen, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BC + C (New Orleans)
William “Bill” Petersen brings to STBA over 15 years of experience in environmentally, sustainable design projects, throughout the United States and abroad. Originally from Denver, Petersen received his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Architecture degree from the University Of Colorado at Boulder, School Of Architecture. Soon after, Petersen earned his Masters of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech University, Washington – Alexandria Architecture Center.
In his free time, you can find Bill outdoors cycling, hiking, fishing or traveling with family. Married to Amy, a Louisiana-native, he especially enjoys the local food and culture with all its sports, people, and recreation opportunities.​​​​​​​
Terri North (New Orleans)
Terri serves as president and CEO of Providence Community Housing and is responsible for working with the board on the strategic direction of the organization. A founding member of the organization in 2006, she was appointed to this role by the Board of Directors in 2011. Over the past 14 years, Providence has provided over 2,100 people with a home in one of the organization’s rental communities and has helped 600 families realize the dream of homeownership through the purchase of their own home. Providence’s portfolio encompasses properties dedicated to seniors, to individuals and families and to artists and cultural ambassadors. 
Prior to Providence, Terri served in a dual-role as a consultant for both the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Christopher Homes where she managed the refinancing and rehabilitation of 13 Section 202 Housing properties (1,200 units) serving low-income elderly residents. She also facilitated the development and implementation of an Archdiocesan Strategic Plan for over 72 parishes and elementary schools. Terri is chair of the Enterprise Community Leadership Council and serves on the Enterprise Community Partners board of directors She also serves on the executive committee of the board for the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers, serves on the board of directors of Notre Dame Health System, and is a member of the advisory council for Urban Land Institute Louisiana. 
Nkiru Mokwe Gelles, Assoc. AIA (Austin)
Nkiru Mokwe Gelles was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She received her undergraduate degree from The Bartlett School of Architecture in London in 2004 and her Masters from Rice University in Houston in 2009. Her thesis Mobile Transactions - Rethinking the Drive -Through Market renegotiated and de-optimized a typical highway interchange to facilitate a dynamic public space of mobile commerce. The primary focus of Nkiru’s design interrogations fall at the intersection of social space and public infrastructure. Prior to joining Michael Hsu Office of Architecture in Austin, Nkiru worked for Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York, part of the wining design team for the Aberdeen Garden City project, Stanford University School of Art and Art History and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Nkiru later relocated to Hong Kong and joined 10 Design where she worked on the master plan for a new college campus in Fujian Province. Since returning to Texas she has worked on numerous hospitality, commercial and residential projects with the Michael Hsu office, including P6, a roof top parking garage transformed into a unique dining experience.  Nkiru is currently the Chair-elect for the Woman In Architecture Austin committee. She is also currently leading one of four Tiny Victories 2.0 project team members, designing a 200 sqft house for the chronically homeless population of Austin. 
Judith Kinnard (New Orleans)
Judith Kinnard, FAIA is a leader in architectural education and an award-winning designer. Kinnard started her teaching career at Syracuse University in 1979, shortly after completing her professional degree at Cornell, She was one of the first women teaching design studios at Syracuse, Princeton and the University of Virginia and was the first woman architect to be tenured at the University of Virginia. She taught at Virginia for 22 years where she served as chair of the architecture department from 1998-2003. She is the past-president of the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). In 2018 she was recognized as an ACSA Distinguished Professor and in 2011, she was named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators by Design Intelligence. Throughout her career, she has maintained an active commitment to practice. Her work has included numerous small-scale built commissions, and more than a dozen national competitions dealing with larger-scale issues of urban design, cultural institutions, and housing. She has received awards from
the Virginia AIA, Louisiana AIA, the New Orleans AIA, and the Louisiana USGBC. Her essays on urban themes have been published by the Harvard Architecture Review and the Journal of Garden History. Her perspectives on the past and future of architectural education have been shared in two recent publications. “Catalyst: Trajectories and Lineages” (Actar 2016) and “Chronologies of and Architectural Pedagogy” (UPR 2015).
Christy Taylor (Austin)
Originally from South Louisiana, Christy moved to Austin in 2009.  She holds a Masters in Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Architectural History from the University of Texas.  Her academic research has given her opportunities all over the world, from studying self-built favela housing in Brazil to teaching architectural design and theory at Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India. 
Christy is Partner and Project Architect at Chioco Design, a design-focused firm that enjoys a broad portfolio of  projects, from larger educational and mixed use buildings that emphasize program and efficiency, to more elevated design projects that focus on crafted details and the creation of dynamic spaces.  On the weekends, you can find Christy hammering out a home improvement project alongside her 7-year-old daughter Frankie and her fabricator husband Christian.
Atianna Cordova (New Orleans)
Atianna J. Cordova is a native of New Orleans, and passionate about using design to advance social and environmental justice. After Hurricane Katrina, Atianna witnessed the exclusionary recovery practices that displaced many Black New Orleanians and worsened pre-existing inequalities. While attending a high school architecture program, she was able to connect this experience to the lack of inclusion in the decisions made about our built environment. In 2018, she founded WATER BLOCK, an urban design studio that addresses environmental and climate risks in neighborhoods through design, community engagement and planning. This year, Atianna also formally launched WATER BLOCK Kids, which teaches elementary age youth about architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and real estate through educational programs and products. 
Sophia Razzaque (Austin)
Sophia Razzaque, AIA, is an Associate in the Austin office of Lake|Flato Architects. Having studied abroad in Italy while at Texas A&M University, living in New York City to attend Pratt Institute for Graduate School, and London to work for Zaha Hadid Architects, her previous experience is diverse, and travel still inspires her.  An Austin native, Sophia’s passion for the role of the built environment on people’s daily lives influenced Sophia’s return to her Austin roots to contribute towards the city’s vibrant renewal as Austin rapidly grows.

Miriam Salas (New Orleans)
Miriam moved to New Orleans for the first time in 1996 from Caracas, Venezuela when she was awarded the Koch Fellowship to attend Tulane University. She has since tried to move away twice, but New Orleans seems to keep pulling her back. Setting roots from her latest transplant, she has been deeply involved with the New Orleans design community and the redevelopment of the city.
A skilled communicator, Miriam has successfully collaborated with clients and consultants and is directly responsible for the successful management and completion of over $200,000,000 in new and renovated facilities. In 2008, Miriam was appointed Studio Director of Campo Architects and has been instrumental in encouraging and mentoring young professionals through her involvement with Tulane University, the AIA New Orleans chapter of Women in Architecture, as a Young Architects Forum Co-Chair, and as a US Green Building Council Member.
Lauren Goldberg (Austin)
Lauren Goldberg joined Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek in 1996 and has led some of the firm’s largest and most iconic projects, such as the Palmer Events Center. Lauren’s work has focused on educational spaces and collaborative learning environments including ACC’s Highland Campus, Texas State University’s Nursing and Health Professions Buildings and Texas A&M’s South Commons renovation. Mentoring younger architects and leading the firm’s sustainability program fill out her role within the office. Outside of work, her time often goes to hiking, training, and competing with her dogs.
Megan Bell (New Orleans)
Megan Bell is a founding partner of Bell-Butler, a design and architecture office located in New Orleans Louisiana.  Bell-Butler is a woman owned and operated practice with a growing portfolio of projects in both commercial and residential typologies.  The firm recently completed Framework, a commercial development on the Magazine Street corridor that makes use of a wide entry path and rear courtyard to integrate public gathering space within the architectural response to the site.  The project is emblematic of Bell Butler’s work which aims to find design solutions in both the rich context of New Orleans historic architecture and more contemporary design strategies for successful and timeless urban buildings. 
Bell-Butler has also received recognition for their work as design architects for the team behind the well known St. Roch Market, a food hall franchise operating as Politan Row in cities outside of New Orleans.​​​​​​​
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