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    The Purposeful Practice: Making Best Places to Work

    Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST

    Note: Due to the impact of the APEC summit in the Downtown San Francisco area, this program which was originally slated as an in-person discussion is now a virtual program; Zoom link will be sent to all registrants and earlier registrants will be notified with updated information.

    "Architecture firm" and "best place to work" are not often used in the same sentence.  The industry's reputation— for long hours, low pay and incredible time-demands which can often take a toll on personal life — still lingers.

    But, the times are changing, and a significant milestone augurs well for the future of the profession:  Four architecture and design firms placed on the San Francisco Business Times 2023 Best Places to Work list - AP+I Design, RMW, TCA Architects and William Duff Architects (WDA).

    Hear from Stanley H. Lew, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, President at RMW; Radziah Loh, AIA, LEED AP, Partner and Principal in Charge of TCA Architects' Oakland office; and William S. Duff, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, Founder & Managing Principal at WDA, in conversation with moderator Lisa Boquiren.

    The panelists will share their stories and provide insight on what makes a company a best place to work. What role do architecture and design firm founders and firm leaders play? And, why does creating best places to work matter?

    A partner at TCA, Radziah Loh, AIA, LEED AP, has over 30 years of experience in the architecture field, working on a variety of project types including mixed-use, multifamily residential, student housing, and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects. In addition to her role as Principal In Charge of theOakland office, Radziah is also the Technical Director who oversees the training of all technical staff.

    TCA Architects Inc., has been passionate about high-density, mixed-use, multifamily housing and hospitality environments since 1993. We live and breathe for challenging sites; taking pridein designing vibrant communities. Our award-winning designs are backed up by our industry-leading technological expertise in interiors, master planning, design, documentation, and construction administration for a variety of building typologies. Our four West Coast offices and 125 professionals are currently designing projects across the United States.

    William S. Duff, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, founded William Duff Architects (WDA) in 1998–an award-winning practice that is nationally recognized for responsive, sustainable architecture. His work is known for its elegant simplicity and a sophisticated use of space, light and materials.  In addition to NCARB and LEED certifications, William holds architecture licenses in five states (CA, CO,AZ, OR, WI). William received his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Cornell University and his Master’s in Construction Management from Colorado State University.

    William Duff Architects (WDA) specializes in thoughtful, innovative architecture across the San Francisco BayArea and beyond. Its elegant design solutions respond to their context with an artist’s understanding of when to use restraint or expression. With capabilities in multiple sectors, WDA is known for its award-winning and diverse portfolio of residential, workplace, hospitality and retail environments.

    Stanley H. Lew AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, President, RMW, believes design is a unique opportunity to problem-solve creatively while synthesizing a wide range of internal and external influences that – when successful – yield elegant, even sublime solutions. Stan cultivates passion and excellence in the workplace by fostering a deeply collaborative approach, bringing differing perspectives to the table. Energized by the depth and breadth of RMW talent, Stan encourages his teams to develop innovative design solutions by urging them to employ multiple perspectives.

    For 53 years, RMW has collaborated with a wide range of public and private clients. RMW’s multi-disciplinary approach to design has enabled impactful change through processes and products that address some of the world’s most pressing issues. Cultivating an environment of trust, respect, and growth, RMW continues its journey to be one of the best places to work.

    Lisa Boquiren brings insight, ideas and strategy to creative businesses as a brand strategist and marketing consultant.  She also produces, and moderates, convergent conversations on topics such as the creative process, brand messaging and equity at AIA Los Angeles, AIA San Francisco and San Francisco Design Week. The Purposeful Practice is the latest in the Practice series which also includes, among others, The Equitable Practice, Parts 1 & 2 (2021) and The Life-Compatible Practice (2021).

    Note:  AP+I Design was invited but were unable to participate due to schedules


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    Thursday, November 16, 2023
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST
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