December 19, 2018
This past weekend, the New York Times published an opinion piece suggesting reasons why architecture graduates, who are approximately 50/50 male to female, shift to 80% male and 20% female by the time they are registered. Check out the article here.
With a stocked pipeline like this, it is critical for those recent graduates to find female role models and mentors in leadership positions to support, encourage and demonstrate what a successful, influential, woman architect looks like. AIA New Jersey believes strongly in this idea and has been fortunate to attract such figures to serve in their leadership over the last 38 years, 7 years earlier than even AIA national!
1985 President Eleanore K. Pettersen, FAIA
2000 President Robin L. Murray, FAIA
2009 President Stacey R. Kliesch, AIA
2015 President Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA
2018 President Verity L. Frizzell, FAIA
2019 President Judith Donnelly, AIA
Of particular note, each of these women has been or are a firm principal or sole practitioner during their term. They each have served with confidence and made a positive impact on the society during their tenure, resulting in the encouragement of future women climbing the ladder, each time more rapidly behind them.
As AIA NJ begins the term of our 6th female president, Judith Donnelly, AIA, we think back to our first female president, Ms. Pettersen. Eleanore was not only a leader in our organization but an internationally renowned designer. After studying under Frank Lloyd Wright, Pettersen became New Jersey’s first female licensed architect and the first woman to open her own private practice, which was located in Saddle River. Read more about this great architect here.
In 2019, 4 out of the 6 local sections of AIA NJ will have female presidents, in addition to the female State President, and Immediate Past-president Frizzell running for national office. Christina Amey, AIA, will continue her role as president of AIA South Jersey. Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, will begin her term as president of AIA West Jersey, in addition to her national position as Knowledge Director for the Young Architects Forum. Donna Terzano, AIA, will return to the position of president of AIA Central Jersey. AIA Jersey Shore’s Marissa Iamello, AIA, begins her presidential term in January, as well. Regional Associate Representative Megan Pritts, Associate AIA, will also continue to serve the state membership.
With such a force of female leadership plus the new AIA NJ Equity in Architecture and revamped Women in Architecture Committees alive and active, there is more opportunity than ever within AIA NJ for architecture students, associates and licensees to find a sister to show them the way to their own success story.
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