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Women in Design Panel

This panel will discuss the role of women in the design industry and how a female perspective helps to define modern design today. Design critic Alexandra Lange will moderate a panel of award-winning female architects -- including Galia Solomonoff, Claire Weisz of WXY Design, and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi -- on their experiences in a male-dominated field and how the gender landscape has changed since the start of their own careers. Plus, we’ll take a barometer reading on Architect Barbie: How do pink and blue toys influence gender stereotypes for future designers?

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Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 6:30 - 9pm


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Alexandra Lange, Design Critic

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, and author of Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Architect's Newspaper, Architectural Record, Dwell, Metropolis, Print, New York Magazine and The New York Times. She teaches architecture criticism in the D-Crit Program at SVA and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at NYU.

Claire Weisz, WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Claire Weisz AIA is founding principal of WXY Architecture + Urban Design. In 2011 the Architectural League of New York selected WXY as one of the eight “emerging voices” in North America. WXY’s commitment to design excellence has earned numerous design awards, including the top honor award from The Waterfront Center and an honor award by NYAIA in architecture.

Galia Solomonoff, Solomonoff Architecture Studio

Galia Solomonoff is the founder and creative director of Solomonoff Architecture Studio. She received her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, where she was awarded the McKim Prize for Excellence in Design and the William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize, and her BA from City College, where she was named Best Student of the School of Architecture in 1990. Prior to founding SAS, Solomonoff worked with OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Rafael Vinoly, and Bernard Tschumi Architects, as well as OpenOffice, which she co‐founded. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Princeton University, The Cooper Union, Yale University, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Solomonoff is the recipient of two AIA Design Awards, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and recognition in the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices series. New York Magazine called Dia: Beacon, which Solomonoff designed with OpenOffice, “one of today’s most compelling new buildings,” and named Solomonoff part of the Next Wave of Designers. Her work‐‐which ranges in scale from apartments to townhouses to large museum projects‐‐has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, W, ARTNews, Artforum, and Domus. Solomonoff’s projects have been included in the books Trespassing: Houses x Artists, Allison Arieff’s Prefab, and the Vitra Design Museum’s Living in Motion, and her writing on topics related to contemporary art, culture, architecture, and urbanism has appeared in Layered Urbanisms, Perspecta, Latin American Architecture: Six Voices, and Post Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering. Solomonoff grew up in Rosario, Argentina and now lives in Manhattan.

Marion Weiss, Weiss Manfredi

Marion Weiss is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, based in New York City and the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Her multidisciplinary firm operates at the nexus of architecture, art, landscape, and urban design. Her firm's Olympic Sculpture Park exemplifies this cross disciplinary design approach and the project has been recognized internationally through museum exhibitions and design awards. Time Magazine identified the park as one of the top 10 projects in the world, Barcelona's World Architecture Festival selected the project as winner in the Nature Category, I.D. Magazine awarded it the highest Environment Design Award, and it was the first project in North America to win Harvard University's Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design. (Photo: Shuli Sadé of Sadé Studio)

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