A1: Culture with Intent: Recognizing and Shaping your Office Culture
It is said that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”. Office culture matters – in producing quality work, in defining and expressing a brand, in employee retention. Knowingly or not, we live, breathe, and feel our office’s culture every day. Each office has its own values, traditions, ways of communicating and leading. Understanding your culture helps you gauge fit and manage performance. Through panelists’ examples, guided exercises and break-out groups, you will identify the hallmarks of your office culture, evaluate it through the lens of your personal values, address any incongruity, and develop strategies to effect change if needed.
Owner, Lumenance Consulting LLC
Expert catalyzer of shared vision and collective change, Certified Master Facilitator, Columbia-certified executive coach, scholar, and owner of Lumenance Consulting LLC, Nancy Alexander has been an active ally of women architects for more than a decade. She illuminates barriers to advancement and helps develop strategies for change at the level of the individual, firm, and profession.
Nancy has consulted on mission, vision, strategy, governance and leadership effectiveness with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Storefront for Art and Architecture, BIMForum, and The Architecture Lobby, among many clients; she has spoken at AIA Women’s Leadership Summits, AIA National, and Autodesk University; and she serves on the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture. Past vice-chair of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, she facilitated the first five of its annual Industry Leader Roundtables. Nancy holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Yale and a master’s degree in women’s studies.
Principal, Aidlin Darling Design
Roslyn Cole has over twenty years of experience in cultural, arts and education projects in the public and non-profit sectors. Roslyn has focused her career on the development of projects in the public realm as a reflection of her belief in architecture’s capacity to better society and the individual through the built environment. Two recent projects—the Windhover Contemplative Center at Stanford and the Contemplative Sciences Center at University of Virginia—emphasize the importance of contemplation in daily life and mirror and augment Roslyn’s belief in mindfulness and intention. With a shared interest in an office culture that supports work-life balance and personal growth, Roslyn and her fellow partners at Aidlin Darling Design have intentionally created a studio that provides a positive and balanced work environment. Roslyn received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.
Tanya’s work has taken her from Rwanda to Latin America, notably as a Fulbright Scholar funded to evaluate new processes for architecture and planning in resource-limited settings. She later spent several years building MASS Design Group's US practice, deploying human-centered design methodologies to support the delivery of care domestically and abroad. Much of her work focused on applying knowledge gained from their projects overseas to health facilities in the US. Tanya leverages this process throughout her work joining SOM and later Gensler as a Health & Wellness Practice Area Leader. While at Gensler, Tanya co-led efforts to work with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to implement temporary transformational upgrades to North Figueroa. The work was featured in the Huffington Post among other publications. In 2016, Tanya joined CAMA as a Senior Designer with the intention of merging her interest in design, wellness, and health policy. Tanya received her Bachelors of Art from Tufts University and her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
President, Shepley Bulfinch
Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP is President of Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture and planning practice with offices in Boston, Houston, and Phoenix. Since becoming president in 2004, Carole has led a transformation of Shepley, through the creation of an open culture and work environment and the rebranding of the firm and its institutional identity. In 2011, Shepley Bulfinch has been honored by the American Institute of Architects’ Diversity Recognition Program.
Throughout her career Carole has sought to transform organizations by challenging them to face issues with clarity, frankness, and commitment. As an architect she has focused on the convergence of learning and teaching and research environments, with a long-standing commitment to sustainable design. She is an advocate for diversity in the profession on a national level, and is active in the AIA Women’s