Hilda Espinal, Carisima Koenig and Patricia Bou recently attended the AIA 2017 Women’s Leadership Summit held in Washington DC. The sold-out event brought together over 400 architects to continue the national conversation on equity in the design profession. Workshops and lectures explored topics including:
- Equity and pay
- The missing 33 percent
- Process and outcomes for leadership
- Business acumen and negotiation as a power tool
- The language of power
As part of the Summit, the AIA Washington D.C. chapter also hosted the first ever WIELD event (Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design), where Hilda was a featured speaker. CannonDesign was honored to attend this event and is committed to fostering discussions surrounding women in leadership to help promote diversity and inclusion within the industry.
Volunteers from our DC Office recently participated in the DACkids Summer Camp, sponsored by the Washington Architectural Foundation. This weeklong summer camp program for kids ages 8-12 is an opportunity to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills through creative activities taught from a design arts perspective.
Tasked with designing their own playhouses, the kids engaged in lessons on structure, building materials, construction processes, and other activities over five days to encourage creative thinking using art and design skills. At the start of the week, the campers were asked to list their favorite hobbies and activities to help them decide what spaces they wanted to include in their own small scale models. They then worked to create models of their designs using foam board and paper.
Our volunteers helped campers create a 1:1 scale mockup of a playhouse constructed out of a wooden frame, foam studs and a paper facade. The kids also learned how to read plans and elevations, and were guided on where to measure and mark the frame to place the studs in the right places as part of the process. One of the highlights of the week was a scavenger hunt outside the District Architecture Center to find a series of architectural features and different components that make up a city block.
The DACkids Summer Camp is not only a fun way for kids to get excited about STEM, it was also a rewarding experience for our staff. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!
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