DRT: 2023 Solstice Celebration
Over the last few years we’ve had the opportunity to learn and hear from a range of professionals on their experiences and their work. A Sense of Place intends to shift the spotlight to highlight the voices and experiences of 6 college students currently studying Architecture and Design. Panelists will share their own stories on their journeys into Architecture and Design as education paths, highlighting barriers and challenges they’ve experienced within their early years, within the parameters of their education, and as they transition into the workplace. These experiences ultimately help inform who they are and could be considered key determinants in how we successfully continue to diversify the profession, serve communities, and ultimately how we all continue to find and support a sense of place, within the profession.
Join AIA Seattle’s Diversity Roundtable for its annual celebration of the growing richness of our architectural community. Connect with our local community and professional allies for an in-person discussion on how we can encourage current and future generations to explore and manifest the power of diversity in their design careers centered within their communities. Drinks and snacks will be provided!
When: Friday, June 16th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Center for Architecture & Design – 1010 Western Ave Seattle, WA 98101
COVID-19/Masking: AIA Seattle recommends masking as a demonstration of community care.
Accessibility: The Center for Architecture & Design has a fully ADA-compliant entrance and street-level parking. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific needs related to accessibility.
PANEL DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE:
Hannah Hu, originally from Las Vegas, will be an upcoming Senior studying Architectural Design at the University of Washington. Hannah has been honored as a Deans List recipient (each academic quarter, and serves as Professional Liaison for The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and also serves as Secretary for the UW Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
Hannah hopes to leave her experience at the University of Washington with a holistic outlook on the built environment and looking to make a difference in her community.
Hayoung Jung (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Korean-American born in Seoul, South Korea. She is a third-year student, graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design from the University of Washington in Spring 2023. Hayoung is an officer with the UW Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and the UW Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) serving as Treasurer in both roles.
Hayoung was selected into the Architecture in Rome Study Abroad Program, exploring cities across Europe and participated in the Mesa Refuge Studio, designing an extension of an existing church for refugees, allowing her to become eligible to participate in the Holcim Competition associated with professor Elizabeth Golden.
She interned at BCRA Design in 2002, with a focus on Multi-Family Residential and Commercial projects.
Dana Austin Bass is a first year Graduate Student at the University of Washington, pursing a Master in Architecture with a concentration in Sustainable Systems and Design, and a Certificate in Housing Studies. Dana graduated from the University of Washington in 2022 with a dual degree in Architectural Design and Real Estate, with a minor in Urban Design and Planning.
Dana serves as the President of the UW Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), as Graduate Representative of UW AIAS, CBE Diversity Council Student Representative, and Lead Mentor of the Project FAMILY ( Filipino-Americans Mentoring and Instilling Leadership in Youth), and serves as Co-Founder of the Cultural Affinity Group Fil-AM Sa CBE (Filipino-Americans of the College of Built Environments).
Dana is a recipient of the Husky 100 award, recognizing 100 students making the most use of their time at the university, and serves as a School Programs Design Instructor with the Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF).
Kana Takagi, originally from Japan, has spent most of her time in the United States, before relocating to Seattle. Kana is a second-year student, pursing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Washington. Kana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design from the University of Washington in 2022.
Kana serves the Vice President of the UW Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), Accountant of the UW Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and one of the Architecture Student Representatives of the College of Built Environment Diversity Council. She took on these roles at UW to encourage more minorities to pursue Architecture and to support students.
Jodi Van (she/her) is a first-generation Vietnamese-American. Jodi is a Senior graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design and a minor in Environmental Studies.
Jodi serves as the Public Relations Lead of the UW Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and a Mentor with the UW Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). She served as President of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) for two years, working as a bridge between the student body and faculty.
Jodi is a recipient of the Leadership 1000 Scholarship, the Gloria Shepard Scholarship, and the Russell P. Morse Undergraduate Scholarship. Jodi is also working on an independent architectural research project, focusing on Vietnamese nail salons, and the way salon spaces foster community.
Caitlin Truong (she/her) is a first-generation Chinese-Vietnamese American college student from Seattle, Washington. She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design and double minor in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management and Art History.
Caitlin serves as the President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). She is a member of the College of Built Environments (CBE) Student Advisory Council, and a member of the CBE Happy Hour Committee.
She is a 2023 recipient of the Faculty Award for Scholarship and Leadership. The Department of Architecture Faculty Award for Scholarship and Leadership is awarded by The Department of Architecture faculty, to a student from the Architecture or Architectural Design program for high standing in scholarship and leadership.