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Business By Design
Business By Design

February 20, 2016 – February 20, 2016

421 Broadway

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Description:

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We will have two morning sessions and a lunchtime panel discussion (lunch is provided).

Schedule:

8:45-9:15 –  Registration and light snacks/coffee

9:15-10:30 – Session 1 – “A Superintendent’s Idea of What Architects and Project Managers Should Know”

10:45-noon – Session 2 – “Risk Management & Avoiding Change Orders”

noon-1pm – Lunchtime panel

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Business By Design
Business By Design

February 20, 2016 – February 20, 2016

421 Broadway

View MapMap and Directions | Register

Description:

Business by design draft2

We will have two morning sessions and a lunchtime panel discussion (lunch is provided).

Schedule:

8:45-9:15 –  Registration and light snacks/coffee

9:15-10:30 – Session 1 – “A Superintendent’s Idea of What Architects and Project Managers Should Know”

10:45-noon – Session 2 – “Risk Management & Avoiding Change Orders”

noon-1pm – Lunchtime panel

Register



VIP Membership Celebration
VIP Membership Celebration

January 22, 2016 – January 22, 2016

1755 Blake St. Suite 125

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Description:

VIP 2016 Website

If you have been waiting to sign up for a WiD membership now is the TIME!  We will be offering a $10 discount at the event for renewals.

Also, if  you RSVP as a non-member and decide at the event that you’d like to purchase a membership, we’ll apply the $20 entry fee toward your discounted membership!

Make sure to RSVP by 1/20 as this event may sell-out!  Contact widinfo@widdenver.org with any questions.

VIP party on Friday will have VIP Parking too! First 50 cars will receive $5 garage parking – entrance off of 18th street.

Latecomers will find metered street parking and paid surface lots nearby.  Bicycle, taxi and public transportation are encourage and convenient options too!

Items up for auction at the Event include :

Artwork from Design Materials, Jana Hope, Dennis Wright, Gallun Snow, Skye Design Denver

Bloody Mary Mix from The Real Dill

Custom Area Rug from BOLYU

Electronics from TJ Horan and Associates

Gift cards from Back to Basics Kitchen and Ceramics in the City

Home and Office Decor from Contract Furnishings and Diaz Group

Jewelry from Pieces of Earth and Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

Tour and Tasting for Four from Rising Sun Distillery

And More!

Additional sponsorship and donations: Daltile, Gallun Snow, HD Furnishings, Initial AEC, Midwest Floor Coverings/Arborite, Mohawk Group, Patcraft Carpet.

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Holiday Warm Fuzzy #3
Holiday Warm Fuzzy #3

Back in August, Women in Design joined Habitat for Humanity in the Women’s Build Week for 2015. We offered local Colorado students a $250 scholarship opportunity to join the team by competing in an essay contest. We now want to share those winning essays with you. We are proud to have these amazing, fantastic, creative, talented women living among us in Colorado and as a part of WiD.

 

Essay Winner #3

Essay Topic: If you could not fail – How would you use your design passion and skills to help make the world a better place?

As a young girl, I grew up in what is now referred to as Sunnyside. An up-and-coming, hip neighborhood in Denver, located northeast of Downtown. When I lived there, however, children did not play outside for fear of being hurt during frequent gang related drive-by shootings. Crime in the area was high and ones home was the only flimsy barrier offered from the chaos outside. There were no parks or safe public spaces within walking distance, the closest public library was the Central branch located near the Denver capitol miles away, accessible at that time only by car.  In this urban captivity, my home and neighborhood felt for like prisons than places of refuge. My goal as a design professional is to establish and maintain a safe, lively, and economically accessible built world.

For an impoverished population to truly thrive, there needs to be civic investment in that populations well-being. The outside world needs to care about the quality of life for their neighbors. When every citizen is proud of their home, the city as a whole is healthier. The state is healthier. The world is healthier. Economically healthy as well as mentally and emotionally healthy. There is nothing quite as detrimental to the psyche of a struggling, low-income population than being treated as a weak “other”, begging for scraps from the table. When visiting the homes of my friends living in Park Hill or Cherry Creek, I was met with lush, sprawling parks bordered and rows of cute shops and cafes. I walked away knowing that I was poor and that worlds like that were not built for people like me.

After being ignored or institutionally neglected for generations, the poor are left feeling like unwanted burdens. No child, no family, no community should feel this way. Some turn this pain into anger and perpetuate crime in these challenged areas. The only solution is to enable these groups to be their own advocates and feel confident speaking with designers to improve their area, this means that designers need to be more engaged with these groups. Engaged not as saviors with advanced degrees and inflated egos, but as community development partners.

As a working-class Latina entering a profession that is historically predominated by affluent white men, I feel it is my duty to represent my people as hard working and dedicated to a bright future for all- regardless of income. I have mentored young women of color who hope to someday be architects and I would love to participate in projects operated by Habitat for Humanity. Both activities challenge me as an aspiring design professional and part of a build team, but more importantly strengthen individuals who want to build a better world for themselves.

Author: Emilia Cabeza de Baca
Field of Study: Architecture at University of Colorado-Denver

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Holiday Warm Fuzzy #2
Holiday Warm Fuzzy #2

Back in August, Women in Design joined Habitat for Humanity in the Women’s Build Week for 2015. We offered local Colorado students a $250 scholarship opportunity to join the team by competing in an essay contest. We now want to share those winning essays with you. We are proud to have these amazing, fantastic, creative, talented women living among us in Colorado and as a part of WiD.

 

Essay Winner #2

Essay Topic: If you could not fail – How would you use your design passion and skills to help make the world a better place?
I will make the world a better place by figuring out a way to retrofit existing urban structures with passive solar design, greywater recycling, and on site food production.

My name is Paula Tootle and I am in my third year at the Art Institute of Colorado earning my BA in Interior Design.  I am an Air Force brat and now a retired military spouse.  I am 53 years old and am embarking a new career.  Design has always been a part of my life. I am thankful to my husband for transferring his Post 911 GI Bill benefits to me so I could follow my passion.

If I could not fail, my passion and skills would be aimed at helping our deserving veterans.  Our veterans have offered of themselves to give me and others as well the opportunity to pursue their dreams.  Like Habitat for Humanity, I would like to partner with great organizations like Wounded Warrior and Homes for Heroes.  However, with my interior design degree, I have been focusing on pursuing residential design.  My belief is that our veterans need a space that they can call home no matter what their injuries may be.  These injuries can be physical or mental or even both therefore designing a space that addresses their needs is where I would love to use my knowledge and creativity.  Of course, I will be working with the general public but my focus will be on veterans as well as active duty military.

As a student nearing graduation, we are to present a grad project.  My project is intended to revitalize the VFW.  I am designing a community center that is geared toward our younger veterans without leaving out our aging veterans.  This is a huge need because of veterans of WWII, Korean and Viet Nam are aging and leaving us.  Our younger veterans need a place to call their own, which offers a place to bond with their comrades as well as a place offering resources to help with issues or concerns they may have.
In conclusion, I am focused on helping our veterans using my degree and passion for interior design.  I believe they are our future and they need to honored.  They deserve a space that they can call home.

Author: Paula Tootle
Field of Study: Interior Design at the Art Institute of Colorado

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