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The Cave Where Art History Should Start…

: April 17, 2012 9:56 pm : Blog

“The Cave of Forgotten Dreams” is a visually stunning documentary by the acclaimed director Werner Herzog.  This incredible film explores the recently discovered Chauvet cave in southern France which contains incredible 30,000+ year-old paleolithic cave paintings.  These paintings are thought to be twice as old as any cave paintings previously discovered.  These works are truly the hand of an ancient artist, and must be seen to be believed.  Don’t miss this film.  Now available on Netflix as a “watch now”.

Trailer:  http://youtu.be/kULwsoCEd3g

Written by Gabrielle A. Schuller  AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Revit 2013:

: April 11, 2012 9:11 am : Blog

It seems that Revit 2013 will include some new goodies for those of us who BIM.  Hopefully, the 2013 version will magically solve all the problems and challenges of previous versions…and bring peace on earth.  Just kidding.  Some of the newest features include a new modeling approach to stairs and new rendering features.  Check out what the blog-o-sphere is saying:   http://autodesk-revit.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-new-in-autodesk-revit-2013.html

Written by Gabrielle A. Schuller  AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Happenings Around Denver

: April 5, 2012 2:21 pm : Blog

Jiro Dreams of Sushi:

The documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, now playing at the Mayan Theater in Denver, is a stunning film about the life and art of Jiro Ono.  Jiro is the 85-year-old sushi chef from Tokyo who is considered one of the best sushi chefs in the world.  This film elevates the process of making food to an art, and the stunning scenery will be of interest to designers and sushi lovers alike.  If you can’t catch it at the Mayan, make sure to get it on your Netflix queue.  This film is a treat, and will surely make you crave sashimi and a trip to Japan!




MCA Denver:

Make sure to catch the newest exhibition at the MCA Denver.  “Bruce Conner and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock”  and the photographs of Richard Peterson are now on display at the MCA.  Both artists explore the subject of musicians, and punk rock specifically, in a way that focuses on the intimate and ecstatic moments that unfold in a punk performance.  Don’t miss it!   www.mcadenver.org




Written by Gabrielle Schuller

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ACE Mentoring

: April 3, 2012 6:54 pm : Blog

WID volunteers and other professionals from our Denver community have helped mentor at East High School for the past 3 years in support of the ACE Program (www.ACEmentor.org). Working with high school students has its challenges. You may have 20 years of experience in your field and patiently brainstorm with a student design team, explaining site grading, placement of the building, ADA access, solar orientation, massing, and much more. In return, there is usually a lot of silence and blinking… and then some sketching of what all this means to the teens. It’s a lot to process, but by taking it one step at a time we can help remove the stress of the design challenge and start producing something that they can sink their teeth into and proceed on their own with occasional help from patrolling mentors.

Last week we had a quick 45 minute model exercise where the teams cut up cereal boxes to tape together mass models of the buildings.

ACE action shot, photo by Kathy Ford

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February Networking Event

: March 11, 2012 11:42 pm : Blog
What a fantastic turn out we had for WiD’s first networking event of 2012.  We gathered at Fado Irish Pub in Denver for after hours sweets and networking in our themed setting;  “Post-Valentine’s Day”.  Yes, we all forgot about a date and focused on our career in the purely social networking, yet casual environment.  We had a fantastic turnout of triple the number we had planned.  We also grew our membership by a dozen women that night.
I personally made some great connections.  As the new Membership Director of WiD Denver, I am thankful for the attendees and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you better throughout the year.
Jeni O’Brien
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Successful Snowshoe Excursion!

: March 5, 2012 11:12 pm : Blog

Twelve brave Women in Design members met Saturday morning for a outdoor networking event; snowshoeing at St. Mary’s Glacier. After organizing carpooling arrangements we were on our way! Once we got to the trailhead we were greeted with strong winds! Four women decided the weather conditions were too harsh for them, so decided to head into town and meet back up with us for lunch. The rest of us braved it out and went on a short hike up to the glacier. The trees cut the wind some but we were definitely glad we brought as much warm gear as we did! After getting blown around enough in the cold we headed to Idaho Springs for some much needed warmth and lunch! We got seated in our own little corner table on the balcony of the restaurant where we were finally able to chat and get to know each other. We had great food and even better company. Although the weather conditions weren’t ideal we all agreed that it was still a very successful trip! Thanks to all that attended!

Author:  Carmen Schechinger

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Cardboard Metropolis!

admin : April 19, 2011 3:17 pm : Blog, Share

Several WiD members volunteered at the AIA’s Box City event this year. On Saturday, April 16, we welcomed over 150 children and their parents/guardians and watched as a brand new city was created inside the atrium of the Wellington Webb Building. At the “store” we supplied our designers/builders with various materials to help them take their sketched designs to 3D forms. There was a mouse hospital, a nuclear power plant, a couple of roller coaster parks, several high rise apartment buildings, the Eiffel Tower fitness park, a candy factory, a puppy playground and doggie daycare, an elementary school, a Mexican restaurant, the capital bldg., a soccer stadium, the Rockies stadium, an aquarium (which also served as a bridge over the river), a house boat, and many more. There was an abundance of creative energy. Inside the “construction zone” the builders turned paper towel rolls in to smoke stacks and roller coaster piers; cereal boxes were sliced up to make coaster cars, canopies and domes; boxes of all shapes and sizes were stacked, taped and wrapped with colorful paper and then markers were used to add more detail. In most cases they remembered to draw in a door or two.

    Box City 'build'   

 Speaking of doors, in the past the Denver Metro Fire Dept. has attended the event and talked with the aspiring designers/builders about their designs and any safety/exiting issues that they may want to consider in their buildings. This year we had the unexpected excitement of a fire alarm going off (due to some work in the basement allegedly) and we all had to evacuate to the street while the fire fighters did their jobs. The kids may have assumed it was all planned so they quickly formed a line at one of the fire trucks and began tours with the help of some very friendly fire fighters. Leave it to the kids to make the best of an unexpected event.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help and who even came back on Sunday to tear down the city. We had a really good turnout and it is with friends like you that we have so much fun at our events!

Box City 'after'

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International Women’s Day & WiD

: March 8, 2011 2:01 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

March is National Women’s History month and today, March 8, 2011, marks the 100th Anniversary for International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. “It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities”. (United Nations Website-click here for more history)

Today we celebrate the members of Women in Design. They are exceptional women of high ability and promise, exemplifying the most spirited and intelligent professionals of our industries.

WiD was built upon a foundation of respect, knowledge and acceptance and with each unique member our community grows more diverse and stronger every day. We are proud to support contributions and offer opportunities for women to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change in our professions and personal lives. Thank you, our members, for uniting your tremendous talent and hearts under the WiD roof. You are remarkable women.

Today I give special thanks to the steering committee members of WiD, the admirable and endearing heroines of our volunteer-led organization. Their dedication to providing outstanding programming is matched only by their commitment to each other, knowing that teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. I am fortunate to have such incredible colleagues and friends.

Join WiD- discover what empowers and inspires you. 

Many thanks,
Jennifer Gray
Co-Chair, Women in Design
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WiD in the World

admin : February 16, 2011 6:55 pm : Blog, News

Have you been to a WiD trivia night lately? They’re once a month at the Irish Snug and you wear the color of the month? If you have, I’m pretty sure you’d remember Meg Kullerd, the organizer — bubbly, smart, great laugh. Turns out she writes too. Last month, she had an article on the AIA Colorado Emerging Professionals Blog. It’s titled: “Working the Market– Dating and Job Searching“. Check it out, and keep your eyes and ears open for the next WiD Trivia Night. There’ll be one in March and everyone, WiD members and WiD-curious alike, are invited!
If you’re also interested in volunteering, check out our next volunteer opportunity on March 12th. Wid on the Farm!

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An “8 x 8” of the 8 x 8

admin : December 2, 2010 2:24 pm : Blog, Share

Eight speakers, eight minutes, eight fascinating presentations. Once again, WiD hosted the annual 8 x 8 speaker panel which never fails to educate as well as inspire.

Held at the Flower Garage and with an overwhelming turnout, eight speakers took to the stage with fierce (and at times humorous) determination to meet the eight minute time limit. Covering the elements of earth, wind, fire and water, building industry related professionals enthusiastically shared products, projects or concepts related to one of the elements.

In the spirit of the eight minute concept, here is an eighty second summary of this 3rd annual event:

  • Lydia Ruyle, covering the element of earth, discussed the benefits of rammed earth walls. An architectural construction method invented by her parents, Lydia continues to share the benefits of earth architecture while enjoying a career as a world renowned local artist.
  • Elicia Ratajczyk of EV Studio discussed intelligent design versus expensive technology in building construction. Focusing on passive solar and evaporative cooling, she explained the benefits of maximizing synergies in a low tech format and having a better relationship with nature. “Harness and control the flow of energy and use it to our advantage,” she stated.
  • Shannon Abote of Bella Glass Studios presented some of her company’s projects and the “firing” innovations in glass art including dichroic glass, while Slaterpaull (Jennifer Cordes, Adele Wilson) presented a LEED Platinum awarded firehouse renovation which will house their new offices.
  • Suzanne Tegen of NREL spoke of the advances in wind technology while Nicole Delmage of Barrett Studio emphasized the advantages of “gentle architecture” and her firm’s progression in honoring the earth in addition to receiving top awards in sustainable design.
  • Laurel Raines of AECOM introduced architectural projects that contain “visual and participating water” while Mike Sukle of Sukle Advertising & Design delighted everyone with his presentation of his company’s “Use Only What You Need” advertising campaigns. Developed for the Denver Water Department, he asked if any of us have seen “running toilets” in downtown Denver or clad-less cabs. Yes on both counts and now we really get it.

All in all, the evening was fun, entertaining and highly enlightening. WiD hopes to see you at the next 8 x 8 in the Fall of 2011. Perhaps you are an attendee or perhaps you are a speaker. Are you up for the challenge? More importantly – was that eighty seconds?

Submitted by Jacqueline Trice, WiD member and owner of Canvas Design, LLC a firm specializing in design journalism, holistic design and philanthropic pursuits.

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