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The Design + Practice Exchange (DPE) is a one-and-a-half-day symposium of compelling conversations and design presentations centering on the voices of women in architecture, co-hosted by the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee and the Boston Society for Architecture Women in Design. This year's theme is “Navigating the [Post] Pandemic Design Terrain.”

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the design field dramatically. From workplace wellness and economics to shifting design criteria, our practices have been directly impacted by the pandemic, forcing us to evolve in ways we could not have foreseen. The DPE will reflect on lessons learned from the pandemic and explore ideas for more equitable, resilient, and socially and environmentally sustainable practices.

Day 1 will feature a keynote presentation, a design panel, and a conversation on the theme, followed by an afternoon of roundtable discussions focusing on four pillars: Design & Leadership, Workplace Culture, Professional Practice & Development, and Advocacy and Activism.

Day 2 will feature a walking tour highlighting women-designed architecture and landscape architecture projects. The DPE will take you an a journey thorugh some New York City's most notable structures, celebrating women's contributions to New York City's built environment. 

The goal of the DPE is to advance and promote women leaders of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in architecture and the allied design and building industries. The event is open to people of all gender identities.

Total credits are dependent on how many sessions each individual attends. Total AIA CES for the program is 10.0 LU | 6.5 HSW.

DAY 1:

MORNING SESSION | Design Presentations: “Navigating the (Post) Pandemic Design Terrain”
(3.0 LU | 3.0 HSW)

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast 

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks & Introductions

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Keynote: “(Post) Pandemic Design Insights”
Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Founding Principal, Selldorf Architects

The 2021 recipient of the Design Leader Award at Architectural Record's Women in Architecture Awards program, Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, is recognized for her leadership and extensive experience in the residential, commercial, hospitality, interiors, cultural, and institutional sectors. In this keynote, Selldorf will share her insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the design industry and how architects can address our new normal, delving into how we can better design to adapt to changing health, environmental, and social needs.

9:45 AM – 9:55 AM

9:55 AM – 10:05 AM

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM
Design + Practice Exchange Panel: “(Post) Pandemic Lessons Learned: Design Practice”

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the design field dramatically. This panel discussion will focus on lessons learned during the past 20 months, exploring how we can design a more equitable, resilient, and socially and environmentally sustainable built environment.

New York Panelists:
Arthi Krishnamoorthy, AIA, Deborah Berke Partners
Maha Sabra, AIA, Perkins & Will

Boston Panelists:
Natasha Espada, AIA, Studio Enee
Ann Beha, FAIA, Ann Beha Architects

Nicole Hollant-Denis, AIA, Aaris Design Studios

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM

11:10 AM – 11:50 AM 
In Dialogue With… Billie Tsien, AIA, and Carole Wedge, FAIA: “(Post) Pandemic Reflections” 
Billie Tsien, AIA, Founding Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Carole Wedge, FAIA, Principal, Shepley Bullfinch

Has COVID-19 propelled new opportunities for the design industry? How can architects respond to a changing world? What can our profession do to evolve in the short- and long-term to impact wellness in the places and spaces we design? Billie Tsien, AIA, and Carole Wedge, FAIA, will share their reflections on how the pandemic has forced us to re-think alternative ways to work, live, travel, shop, learn, and—most importantly—connect with one another.

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch 

AFTERNOON SESSION | Roundtable Discussions: “Navigating the (Post) Pandemic Practice”
(3.5 LU | 3.5 HSW)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Roundtable Coordinator: 
Annelise Pitts AIA, Principal, Cameron MacAllister 

Following a morning of inspiring design presentations, participants will engage in roundtable sessions to reflect on what they have learned during the past 20 months, with conversations focusing on specific topics. Roundtable facilitators will guide participants to collaboratively explore how to create and implement just, equitable, and resilient practices. A series of provocations and prompt questions will serve as catalysts for discussion, as participants share their insights on how we have changed as an industry and how we might lead architecture into the future.


  • Design & Leadership
  • Workplace Culture
  • Professional Practice & Development
  • Advocacy & Activism


1. Participants will be broken up into four tables of approximately ten people, with two stationary facilitators: one from NYC and one from Boston. Each table will focus on one discussion topic
2. Participants will take part in four 45-minute roundtable sessions at 45-minutes
4. Participants will rotate tables for each session, engaging with all four topics
5. At the close of the final session, facilitator pairs will present the main issues in a “pass the mic” informal wrap-up.


5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: Juniper Showroom | 1 Crosby Street #2


3.5 LU)

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM*

To celebrate women’s contributions to the New York City built environment, the Design & Practice Exchange Walking Tour will lead you through some of New York City’s most notable structures. Tour participants will start at the MoMA, explore the newly renovated Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, head across town to Hudson Yards, and walk down the High Line to end at the Chelsea Arts District. The tour, led by women who have shaped the city’s architectural landscape, will highlight their design achievements and lessons learned.

Featured Projects:

9:30AM – 10:15 AM
MoMA | 11 W 53rd Street 
Zoe Small, AIA, Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Fifth Avenue 

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library | 455 5th Avenue 
Kerry Nolan, AIA, Senior Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Bryant Park to #7 Subway

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
34th Street Subway Station 
Beth Greenberg, FAIA, Principal, Dattner Architects

11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Hudson Yards 
Tour Guide (TBC)

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
15 Hudson Yards 
Holly Deichmann, AIA, Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
The Shed  
Andrea Schelly, Senior Associate, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
The High Line 
Holly Deichmann, AIA, Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Rentro

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
David Zwirner Gallery | 537 W 20th Street 
Sara Lopergolo, FAIA, Partner, Selldorf Architects
Julie Hausch-Fen, Partner, Selldorf Architects

*Please add 15 to 30 minutes of buffer time to the proposed itinerary due to transportation between each project site


This event is offered in person; proof of vaccination (for those 12 and over) with photo ID and masking are required to attend. Food and beverages will be served. Masks are recommended when not actively consuming food and beverages. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here



11/19/2021 08:00 AM - 11/20/2021 01:00 PM
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Pl
New YorkNY 10012