Chris Orsega and Rosa Sheng to Present at AIA SF NEXT Conference

Date June 01, 2017
Location San Francisco

Senior Associates Chris Orsega and Rosa Sheng will participate in AIA San Francisco’s NEXT Conference on June 1-2, 2017. Read about their individual breakout sessions and learn more about the conference below.

Solutions by Design: Architecture as Catalyst for Social Change | June 2, 10:30-12:00pm
How does architecture impact the social fabric of our communities? How can architecture be a catalyst for solving community challenges, driving social change, or creating engagement and progress? How does equity in design impact communities? An innovative panel of architects who are pushing the boundaries in these and other areas of social and cultural concern discuss how architecture and architects can affect the social structure of communities across the globe and have measurable and practical effects on the way we live and interact with society. This session will share a case study by each presenter in Pecha Kucha format followed by a panel and group discussion to not only inspire those interested social equity work, but will be valuable in the discussion the practical nuts and bolts of developing empathy and deeper engagement w/ the communities that we serve.

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders | June 2, 10:30-12:00pm
Architecture and other design firms often encounter considerable challenges grooming their next generation of leaders. While competency, commitment, and innate leadership traits are widely present in design professionals, formal training, effective coaching and leadership development opportunities are often limited. This seminar will describe specific steps design firms and professionals must implement to prepare the next generation of leaders to develop individual leadership paths. Topics include various industry paths to leadership, specific practice areas for seeking developmental opportunities, and approaches for acquiring the knowledge and emotional intelligence required for continuous leadership development. The seminar draws on Michael Strogoff’s experience guiding many of the nation’s most successful design firms, and Stephen Epstein’s experience leading the strategic planning, finance, operations, and human resources initiatives of award-winning national firms. Michael and Stephen will be joined by a seasoned industry leader, Marsha Maytum, FAIA, of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, and Chris Orsega, AIA, an emerging firm leader and Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, to highlight leadership as a career-long journey, and to share personal experiences and insightful leadership development recommendations. Attendees will leave the seminar with new perspectives on leadership, and renewed energy and determination to seek opportunities to develop inspired leadership strategies that impact themselves, their