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The Crossroads of Design and Leadership
The AIA Committee on Design, in collaboration with the National Associates Committee, is proud to bring you an inspirational discussion that bridges the worlds of emerging professionals with the minds of some of the industries most accomplished and revered Architects, representing the prism of small-to-large firms. Through this discussion, we explore journeys, philosophies, and the career-defining achievements and collaborative approaches that continue to influence, nurture and shape the future leaders in architecture.

Jun 30, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Susan Chin, FAIA
Communications Chair, AIA Committee on Design @Design Connects
Susan Chin, an accomplished urbanist and civic leader, recently formed an independent consultancy DesignConnects. She led the Design Trust for Public Space, a nationally recognized New York City nonprofit organization at the forefront of shaping the public realm for over eight years. Prior to Design Trust, she was assistant commissioner for Capital Projects at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, commissioning innovative and high performance architecture and public art citywide. She serves as AIA Committee on Design communications chair; and also served as vice president on AIA national board and chapter president of AIA New York. Susan has chaired and served on numerous AIA committees including: Leadership Diversity Pipeline Task Force; Gold Medal/Firm Award Advisory Committee; Strategic Directions Group and Communications; EVP/CEO Search; Women in Architecture; Component Partnerships; and Long Range Planning. She also keynoted YAF25 Summit. Her awards include: American Society of La
Curt Fentress, FAIA
Chair, AIA Committee on Design @Fentress Architects
Curtis Fentress is internationally recognized for his design portfolio. His buildings grace the skylines of cities around the world, and are visited by over 550 million people each year. Known for his “Patient Search,” Fentress employs a meticulous process of design. In 2010, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored Fentress with the highest award for public architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Award, recognizing “a portfolio of accomplishments that evidences great depth while making a significant contribution to the quality of public architecture.” He was also awarded the highest honor from the AIA Western Mountain Region, the 2010 Silver Medal for “significant contributions to the profession and the citizens of the region, and transcending local boundaries in making these contributions.” He was inducted into the AIA College of Fellows in 1996, and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Ronnette Riley, FAIA
Ronnette Riley Architect @Principal | Owner
Ronnette Riley, FAIA is principal of her eponymous firm established in 1987. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she spent eight years at the office of Phillip Johnson and John Burgee Architects. She served as Project Architect for the iconic Lipstick Building in Manhattan, the Bank of America Center in Houston, 33 Maiden Lane in Manhattan and worked on projects at Johnson’s Glass House estate.