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: November 28, 2012 2:33 pm : Blog

Demystifying the Design Professions

(and a introduction to some of the members on the communications committee)

 Meet Micaila Vaughn

Lighting Representative at Visual Interest

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There’s a Coworking Space for Everyone

: November 13, 2012 10:08 pm : Blog

As entrepreneurship and self-employment continue to be on the rise, community workspaces are gaining popularity globally. Coworking is the concept of multiple small companies and entrepreneurs operating out of a shared office space while working independently of one another. According to a recent Global Coworking Survey by Deskmag, coworking has doubled every year since 2006; the latest count being 2,150 spaces worldwide. The traditional 9-5 office model is evolving into a 24/7 space that serves as a hub for networking, connecting and collaborating.

Job trends are constantly shifting, and coworking spaces are able to adapt and flow with companies whose needs are ever changing. Earlier this year, Thomas Frey was a featured speaker at the TEDxReset Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. It was there that he predicted over two billion jobs would disappear by 2030. Certain markets, from the power industry to education, are integrating current and future technologies – eliminating jobs we have known forever, and creating new jobs that are more efficient. With this transition, coworking spaces are being optimized – using their flexibility to fit the needs of businesses, both large and small. In many spaces, including my own, large companies have based their employees out of a coworking space to be a more integrated part of their local community, and give them leverage by gaining a greater business network.

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Something To Give… First up: Jordan Vaughn

: September 12, 2012 11:11 am : Blog

***Our “Something To Give…” blog series highlights members, family, friends, and/or supporters of Women in Design-Denver Chapter that have generously offered to donate a bit of their talent as a prize for the 2012 End of Year Event.***

Today’s feature article finds me on a rooftop overlooking a stunning panaroma of downtown Denver with Jordan Vaughn, President/Owner of Von Design, Inc. and his Sister Micaila, a member of WiD since 2011.  This site is where Jordan recently relocated the furniture design company that he began in 2002 at just 20 years old. But don’t be impressed yet!…he’s just one test away from becoming a licensed architect and is hoping this space will not only establish a fresh new haven for furniture-making but also showcase the style of building he’s capable of both designing and constructing.

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Fire Damage Claims

admin : July 23, 2012 12:28 pm : Blog

By WiD Guest Blogger

Matthew T. Blackmer, M.S.C.E., P.E. & Pie Staff

Pie Consulting & Engineering

Anomalistic weather is becoming the norm, causing an increasing number of billion-dollar-plus disasters annually. In 1980, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began reporting an average of three to four of these major storms a year, but the numbers have increased exponentially over the past several years. In 2011, there were a record 14 disasters of this magnitude. And on top of this virtually every federal, state and forest service agency across the nation forecasted that 2012 is very likely to become a record year for extreme wildfire activity in the western and southwestern U.S., with the future heralding a year round state of danger. And it has proven to be the case already. Just recently wildfires were burning in nine U.S. states, already inflicting heavy property damage.

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Everyone at the Table, Please.

admin : July 2, 2012 1:13 am : Blog, Uncategorized

Most of my friends and acquaintances know that along with all aspects of building design and construction, I love the domestic arts…..from cooking and entertaining to creating sculptural handbags and clothing to creating a flower garden with all the native plants of Colorado and compatible regions of the world to sketching.  Since cooking and entertaining is listed first, I will just tell you that I love to cook.  It’s another palette in the tool box of creativity. The ingredients that go into culinary concoctions are like the pencils, pens, paint tubes, rolls of trace, etc. preset in other parts of my world.  Cooking for people and having them all around the table laughing, discussing concepts and ideas, telling stories and experiences, and enjoying great food together, are some of my favorite times in my youth and now.  The table is a place where the head is responsible for ensuring the comfort and hospitality of the folks surrounding it.

Diverse groups of herbs take root in Cheryl's garden to create the complex flavors that come to her table.

As an Executive Co-chair for Women in Design-Denver, it’s important for me to invite you all to the table of WiD-Denver.  I recently attended the USGBC Cascadia Region Living Futures unConference in Portland, Oregon, which highlighted why an affirmative RSVP is required.  The theme of the event was “Women Reshaping the World” and demonstrated through speakers and activities that women have an important role at the table of building design and construction as well as the political scene.  And it’s important for the health of not just our families but our societies and our planet.

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Outreach Committee Attends Dollars for Scholars

: May 21, 2012 6:59 pm : Blog

Last night Molly Blakley and I attended the Dollars for Scholars event. This is the night when seniors who participated in the ACE Mentoring Program are treated to a dinner followed by presentations of scholarships in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction.  Molly and I were mentors at East High School and we were thrilled to watch Journi walk up to the front and accept a check for $6,000.  She has chosen an Architecture major at Kansas State.

Nelson Garcia, education reporter for Channel 9 News, spoke at the event and presented some inspirational stories of students, teachers, and individuals who have inspired him.  They all had something in common: they overcame obstacles with a persistent strength of character and affected those around them in positive ways.  He said that the ACE Program and its mentors are “building something great.”  Nelson closed by saying that “In order to be a great person, you must do great things.  In order to do great things, you must never be afraid to try or to fail.”  He encouraged the students to go forward in their college careers with the confidence that they have benefited from the ACE Mentoring Program experience and to continue to take on new challenges without fear.  These students are entering a new phase in their lives and we wish them the very best!

Written by Kathy Ford, Outreach Co-Chair

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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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