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Latinx Voices: Design, Advocacy, Equity + Building Comunidad
LiASF invites you to a moderated discussion where the panelists will share their personal stories; their work, community engagement and activism; and what it means to be a Latinx design professional practicing in the US today. The online event is scheduled for Thursday May 27th, at 5:00pm PST and will be moderated by Roy Hernández, founder and publisher of ByDESIGN magazine. We look forward to a lively discussion focused personal journeys, inclusion-based practices and the communities we serve and work with.
About the Moderator
Roy R. Hernández
Roy Hernández is a Latino entrepreneur, businessman, educator, activist, artist, designer, and philanthropist. He is the Founder and Publisher of ByDESIGN, an Online Journal of Exceptional Achievement, which has been focused on telling the untold stories of BIPOC design professionals for the past 10 years. He is the Founder/Chair of CASA Alumni, an organization dedicated to fostering the success of BIPOC students at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.
About the Panelists
Mia Leher, FASLA
Mia Lehrer was born in El Salvador in a family that engaged in community leadership. Her father founded a land conservation and youth camping program aimed at helping disadvantaged youth. Her mother started a microlending program for women in the 1960s. Mia founded Studio-MLA, a design firm recognized for progressive landscape design, advocacy for sustainable and people-friendly public places, and catalyzing work for a climate-appropriate future. Mia has led the design and implementation of ambitious public and private projects including the LA NFL Stadium, the LA County Natural History Museum Gardens, Vista Hermosa Park and many Los Angeles River-related projects.
Alicia Ponce, NCARB, LEED AP
Alicia Ponce is the founder and principal of APMonarch, a Chicago based Female and Latinx owned Architecture firm. Since founding the firm almost 14 years ago, Alicia’s expertise and passion to design healthy buildings and equitable communities have supported many clients in designing radically healthier projects. Her reputation for resilient and eco-conscious architecture secured APMonarch’s role as the Sustainability Architect and direct protégé to Santiago Calatrava and his firm’s design proposal for the 2019 O’Hare International Airport Global Terminal. The international competition drew 1,200 teams and five were selected for the final presentation. Alicia considers APMonarch the pollinators of the built environment designing healthy environments that look good, feel good and perform great.
Karina Ruiz, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C
Karina Ruiz is one of the founding Principals of BRIC Architecture in Portland, OR, the 2019 Chair of the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education and a founding Board Member of NOMA PDX. Karina has focused her 25-year career on the design of innovative learning environments and is actively engaged in the national dialogue on the intersection between pedagogy, design innovation and equity. As a Latina Architect, Karina believes strongly that we must provide mirrors and windows to often marginalized communities that have historically been underrepresented in this field and works actively to introduce this field to young girls like her. Her leadership is based in the ardent belief that design can be a partner to pedagogy to more equitably serve the needs of our learners. It is her goal to design schools that empower learners to change the world.
Alexander Salazar, AIA, NOMA
Alex is founding Principal of Salazar Architect, a public-interest design firm in Portland, Oregon. In 1993 he was honored with a Graham Foundation Fellowship to apprentice with NGOs in India designing housing after a major earthquake, work that connected architecture to community organizing. This experience has shaped Alex’s 25+ year career. In the early 2000s he became a founding member of the Board of Directors of Just Cause Oakland, a multi-racial organization focused on Housing Justice. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Community Design (Boston, MA) and East Bay Housing Organizations (Oakland, CA), and currently serves on the AIA’s Housing & Community Development committee and the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association’s (NH&RA) EDI committee. In addition to his practice, he has taught community design studios at Portland State University, UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of Oregon.