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DRT + NOMA: Renée Cheng and Zena Howard Reception

Join DRT + NOMA NW for a reception with University of Washington Dean Renée Cheng AIA, NOMA and visiting professor Zena Howard FAIA, NOMA

AIA Seattle’s Diversity Roundtable and the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest Chapter are teaming up to welcome the incoming Dean of UW’s College of Built Environments, Renée Cheng, and visiting professor Zena Howard. Come by to meet them both and mingle with diverse design professionals in the Seattle area.

Zena Howard FAIA, NOMA
Zena Howard is a Principal and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. She is an award-winning architect, strategist, mentor and team builder. Zena is known for her success leading visionary, complex, and culturally-significant projects among which is the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Zena is an advocate for diversity within the architecture profession, a field where minority and women professionals are historically under-represented. She is a founding member of Perkins+Will Diversity + Inclusion Council, and associate professor of architecture at North Carolina State University College of Design

Renée Cheng FAIA
Renée Cheng is the new Dean of the UW College of Built Environments. A licensed architect, her professional experience includes work for Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners and Richard Meier and Partners before founding Cheng-Olson Design. Dean Cheng has been honored twice as one of the top 25 most admired design educators in the United States by DesignIntelligence. She has received numerous honors and awards including the 2017 Lean Construction Institute Faculty Award and was named to the American Institute of Architecture’s College of Fellows in 2017.

Cheng is a leader in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and advocates for equity in the field of architecture and in the practices related to the built environment. Recently, Cheng led the research effort for the AIA guides for equitable practice in the workplace. Cheng has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies, including work on industry adoption of Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Modeling and Lean.


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Event is free, but please register by Monday, March 11 to guarantee space. Contact Connor Descheemaker with any questions.


March 13, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


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Seattle, WA 98103 United States
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