[PANEL] WOMEN CHANGING THE GAME IN DESIGN
April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Meet the women who are changing the game in the world of design and architecture. You will hear about what they are passionate about in design, what they are doing now in their careers, and everything in between. Join the AIAS for this panel discussion and learn more about these powerful women’s experiences and get the chance to ask your questions!
Vershae Hite, AIA, LEED GA
Vershae Hite, a licensed architect and Associate at Vines Architecture, received her BArch from UNC Charlotte and MArch from University of Westminster. Coupled with experience from the Freelon Group and Perkins&Will, her portfolio is characterized by cultural, historic renovations, libraries and university work. The deep-rooted meanings in her work are extensions of crafted, honest stories – a result of her sensitivity to diverse social cultural landscapes and an investigative design process.
Katie Kangas, AIA, NCARB
Katie Kangas, AIA founded Pasque Architecture in March of 2020 to provide story centered architecture and design. Katie is building a process centered practice to provide simple functional design that is beautiful and inspires. As the 2021-2022 Minnesota Design Team co-chair, she works with a multi-disciplinary group of volunteers to serve rural communities across Minnesota.
Jennifer Park, AIA
Jennifer Park joined Brininstool + Lynch as Principal in 2019. Previously the Founder and Principal of Jurassic Studio, Jennifer has completed acclaimed academic, commercial, residential, and retail projects through practices in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Chicago. She is recognized as a 2021 recipient of the AIA National Young Architects Award and was the winner of the 2019 Dubin Family Young Architect Award for AIA Chicago. She was the recipient of the Burnham Prize, Curbed Young Guns Award, and named one of Chicago’s Women of Influence by Michigan Avenue magazine. In addition, Jennifer is a Studio Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Second Year Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Park previously served on AIA Chicago’s board of directors for five years as the Vice President of Honors and Awards and is one of the founding members of AIA Chicago’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee where she served as Co-chair for four years.