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2014 Theme

admin : January 23, 2014 9:08 am : Blog

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Hello 2014 and hello to our new theme this year which will be the basis for all of our programming for the year.

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“Forever Home” – Open Source Building Design Challenge

Geneva Kowalski : December 19, 2013 12:28 pm : Blog

Looking for a way to put your design skills to help humankind?  

Forever Home

 Architecture for Humanity and Open Tech Forever (OTF) are demonstrating that it is possible to build an open source, compressed earth block (CEB) house that meets the Living Building Challenge 2.1 standard.  We invite you to join our international call to action. Enter the contest and help us design a CEB home that we will build in the Spring of 2014 on our 40 acre site in Denver, Colorado.  OTF will document each home design and the systemic body of knowledge that informs this process, so that anyone in the world can both learn from and contribute to the project. This is an open source house for the world. The Forever Home.”

If you’re interested in participating in this design competition, please download the PDF below for instructions.


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Fall Outreach: Design Charette with The Bike Depot

: October 14, 2013 9:54 am : Blog

Sunday November 3, 2013

The Bike Depot
2825 Fairfax St.
Denver, CO 80207

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The Bike Depot supports health and active living by increasing access to bicycles, promoting safe, bike-friendly environments and advocating for policies that promote bicycle access and use.

This is a members only event, please sign in to register!


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WiD & SMPS Networking Hour

: October 1, 2013 3:22 pm : Blog

Thursday October 24, 2013

3945 Tennyson St.

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 Event time has been extended to 6:30 pm

Thank you to our Networking Hour Event Sponsors!


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Volunteer with WiD at the Early Childhood Education Design Conference

: September 30, 2013 11:39 am : Blog

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Kathy Ford at kford@fordarch.com

Please also consider attending the conference or pass along to others involved in Education Design!


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Prêt-à-Porter – Where Finish Meet Fashion

admin : June 17, 2013 1:46 pm : Blog

We are very excited to participate in the 9th annual Prêt-à-Porter Fashion Show held each fall in Denver. During the past decade Prêt-a-Porter has established itself as Denver’s main stage event for creative and inspiring design.
In the runway, leading Architecture/ Interior design firms and students showcase garments crafted with a diverse range of interior finishes and raw material generally used in construction. Garments need to be comprised of at least 80% of that manufacturer’s product and will be judged based on creativity, craftsmanship, wear ability, use of sustainable products and model presence on the runway.

Women In Design is honored and very excited to be paired with Ad Light+Sign, a team of talented custom lighting designers and fabricators.

This year’s theme is Art Deco which translates to bold geometric shapes, symmetry, vertical lines and at times, lavish ornamentation.

The event is organized by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of IIDA and is held at the stunning Ellie Caulkins Opera Theater. Be sure to save the date of September 13th for the fashion show to come out and see WiD and other design firm’s creations!

By Heidi Mendoza

WiD Events Committee Member

Prêt-à-Porter Team Captain

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Imagine Denver 2020

admin : June 17, 2013 1:41 pm : Blog

Women in Design, Denver!  Denver City Agency, Arts and Venues, launches a plan to update  Denver’s cultural plan.  We are inviting WiD membership to participate in the drafting of IMAGINE DENVER 2020.  As professionals, participants, and aficionados of the built environment,  your feedback and voice is welcomed and critical.

What makes a city great?  Some would say, at the top of that list are accessible and affordable cultural events and activities.

The nations most successful cities rely on a civic cultural plan to find out the most efficient way to provide that. A 1989 cultural plan has resulted in a number of long-term changes that have benefited the arts.  By documenting the thoughts and input of Denverites, Imagine  Denver 2020 will inform an effort to provide resources and collaborative efforts to support arts and culture in our city going forward.

If we had 7 years to turn Denver into a booming cultural landmark (by year 2020), would you take pride in saying that you helped to accomplish that?    The Imagine Denver 2020 project is a development effort designed to give Denver a renewed sense of direction in the promotion of art, culture and creativity.

As builders of community, we ask Women in Design members, to be at the frontlines to help shape and build a better and more culturally expressive community for Denver.  Whether you feel that the cultural experiences in Denver are sufficient or drastically need improvement, we want to hear what you have to say.

Visit the website at http://www.ImagineDenver2020.org for more information on their cause and a list of events and free museum dates.  Please take the SURVEY and spread the Word.  This is your opportunity to have a voice in this civic cultural plan and then join WiD on Facebook for a discussion.

By Ariel Sims

WiD Events Committee Member

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Building Community Origami Style

admin : April 22, 2013 4:51 pm : Blog

On Tuesday March 19th the Women (and Men) of Women in Design (WiD) met at Teammates showroom to learn the Japanese art of folding paper, origami.  The flower we created was a lily, which is an intermediate origami fold, so we broke into groups and went step by step, folding multiple sheets of paper for each step. Everyone seemed to pick it up pretty quickly and the bouquet flourished. There was lots of socializing and

We also had two prizes to be giving away to participants at the event. Congrats to our two winners; a Teknion Conflex desk lamp:

Carmen Schechinger and Teknion Fits chair to Kay Wilson. Thank you to our sponsor, Caven Hill with Teknion.bits of frustration but overall everyone had a great time.

Everyone took a few of their flowers home and the rest were used to put together a bouquet on the recycled SIP panel from the Habitat for Humanity build day. This is our way of “paying it forward” to the Habitat project – using leftover materials to create a unique piece of art that will look good in any environment. These also can be a memory keep-sake, by making the flowers out of pictures from a build day.

Our goal is to make and sell enough of these to purchase an IKEA kitchen for one of the duplexes. We will be selling and advertising for these at all of our events. If your interested in purcahsing one please contact widinfo@widdenver.org

by Carmen Schechinger

WiD Networking Chair


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WiD Builds – Day 3

: March 11, 2013 10:51 pm : Blog

WiD - the only volunteer group with their own custom nail belts

Our volunteers gathered once again on a beautiful sunny morning up in Kittredge. The Blue Spruce Habitat team was ready for us with a brand new list of things to do. Those who were most comfortable with heights strapped in and headed to the roof to install the wood framed overhangs. Those less inclined to stand on top of the world built the frames on the ground and hoisted them up. Others worked with expandable foam, grinders, nail guns and more. We were very busy all day and got a lot done.

The weather was perfect on Saturday, and so were our volunteers. We stopped off in Evergreen this time for some reportedly awesome burgers. Our table was packed with 16 hungry helpers and we had a lot of fun getting to know each other. Some of us stayed to sing….but that’s a whole other story and one that should stay in Evergreen.

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Connecting Through Women in Design

: March 6, 2013 6:49 pm : Blog

Don’t you just love it when you meet someone at an event and they are just the connection you are looking for?  Well, that is exactly what happened at our 1st annual Women in Design VIP Membership party last month.

As a member of the WiD Steering Committee, I arrived early to help set up for the event. There were only a few of us there, so it was a great opportunity to network and that’s when I met Cameron. We got to talking and I asked him how he got involved in Women in Design, he said that he was involved with Habitat for Humanity on a site that Women in Design was also assigned too. This was where it all started. He was given the task of installing tile in the bathroom alongside Connie (a fellow WiD member) and the connection was made. They tiled, laughed, and had a blast together. From there Cameron met other WiDs and husbands of WiDs and kept in contact with them. When the membership party rolled around Connie asked Cameron if he wanted to attend and help set up and he was very willing to help out.

We got to talking about his career and I learned that he had a Bachelors Degree in Architecture, had recently moved to Denver in November, and was currently looking for a position. He didn’t have much experience but had a positive attitude, seemed to be very action oriented and a quick thinker. The great part for me was that I was actually looking to fill an open position in my CAD Store Planning Department. The position had been open for about a month and my recruiter had not had much luck finding many qualified candidates.

Then the conversation shifted to me and we talked about my career. I mentioned that I was the Manager of the in-house CAD Store Planning Department at Sports Authority.  Coincidentally, he had sent his resume over to apply for an opening in that department last week!  It might have been in my recruiter’s inbox, or she may not have passed it over to me based on his experience. Either way it’s amazing how different it is meeting someone and learning about them in person versus trying to figure out what they are all about from a resume.

So we exchanged information and the next day he sent over his resume/portfolio.  I brought him in that week to interview with myself and the Supervisor that he would be working for. She also happens to be a member of Women in Design. The interview went great and we offered him the position.  He accepted and started the following Monday. I was hoping our first annual Membership Party would be a success and it was not only a success for the WiD organization, but also for Cameron and I.

-written by Kimberly E. Malone

Membership Steering Committee Member

-photo by Angela Terrell

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