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Mentoring Architects without Borders
An AIASF Mentorship Committee DEI Conversation; registration for this program is open at the bottom of this page.
About the Panelists
Working in the Private Sector
Mide O. Akinsade, AIA
Principal, Design Director
Mide has a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Architecture, and Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. As the Design Director at Perkins&Will Houston, Mide champions Perkins&Will’s Living Design framework, an initiative that ensures all projects meet the highest standards of wholistic and complete Design Excellence, one centered around innovation, rigor, and beauty. He brings a unique design and project sector expertise to projects ranging from Campus Master planning, Corporate Commercial, Retail & Entertainment, Civic, Cultural, Science & Technology, plus Healthcare. In his past work experience, Mide served as Senior design lead with international firms (RTKL, HOK and Gensler) on multiple award-winning projects globally. Mide is currently a lecturer at the University of Maryland, School of Architecture, A visiting juror at Catholic University, Howard University, Morgan State University and Rice University. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects AIA|DC.
Working for the Government
Lourdes Garcia, RA
Senior Architect and Section Manager
The Bureau of Architecture at San Francisco Public Works
After closing her practice of 15 years, Lourdes joined PW Bureau of Architecture (BOA) in 2017 to transition her career into public service. She has over 35 years of experience, overseeing and designing a blend of architectural projects ranging in a variety of project types and scale. She has taught various Architectural studios since 1996 at the California College of Arts and participates in the school’s professional development program. At BOA, she oversees and manages a Studio (otherwise known as a ‘Section’) of 16+/- talented architects. Her BOA Studio delivers projects to SF City Depts, with a primary focus on Libraries, Police & Fire Stations, & Navigation Centers to name a few. At BOA, Lourdes co-leads the mentorship program with BOA’s Technical Manager.
Working in the Private Sector
David Levo, AICP
Principal and Board Director
Trained as an architect and a certified planner, David has a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati. As Global College & University Practice Leader for Perkins Eastman, he helps knit together over to 200 C&U designers and experts across the firm’s 24 studios, shepherd convergent teams, and lead merger and acquisition discussions. As Founder and Co-Principal-In-Charge of People Mentoring, he drives one of the largest firm-sponsored mentoring and professional development programs in the architecture industry. With over 750 participants from every corner of Perkins Eastman, People Mentoring is one of the firm’s most important platform for cultural integration and knowledge-sharing.
About the Moderator
Roland Lau, AIA
Roland Lau is an Associate Principal at Perkins Eastman with extensive experience on significantly large projects like the recently completed New Stanford Hospital and the Kaiser Template hospital project for the design and construction of three new hospitals simultaneously, and for smaller projects like the adaptive reuse of a rundown south of Market building into transitional housing for the rehabilitation of men and women with drug, HIV and alcohol problems.
Roland is an AIASF Mentorship Committee and mentorship group member and also chairs the AIASF Architectural Licensing Committee that orchestrates year-round Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) preparatory classes taught pro-bono by licensed architects and engineers for anyone seeking architectural licensing.
Need-Based Complimentary Tickets
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