Thursday  |  March 12, 2015  |  6:30 – 8:00 pm  |1.5 LU

SmithGroupJJR | 1700 New York Avenue, Suite 100  | 

Architecture is about building a better environment. Saving the world through architecture on a local scale means engaging the public, creating civic relationships, and developing exceptional designs. This lecture examines the importance of partnership and defining the passion to build a better environment.


  1. Examine how non-profit and other collaborating organizations work with architects to build affordable housing and pedestrian-friendly community design
  2. Identify the impact of community outreach
  3. Identify the selection process of the architect on community and civic-based projects
  4. Explore how local architects can save their community



Suman (2)

Suman Sorg FAIA | Founding Principle and Chief Designer, Sorg Architects

Suman Sorg guides Sorg Architects as Founding Principal and Chief Designer. Suman established her practice in 1986 the firm has since amassed an extensive international portfolio of residential, commercial, educational, institutional and civic projects.

Suman emphasizes a philosophy of “light touch,” striving for simplicity and clarity of design. Her work is characterized by a strong commitment to thoughtful modern architecture that explores spatial, material and visual experience. Rather than imposing a style irrespective of context, she researches the unique characteristics of each place (site, climate, culture, community) and carefully examines programmatic requirements, to reach an architectural concept. A long-standing practice in historic preservation and interest in vernacular architecture compliments her modernist leanings. By combining contemporary techniques and design strategies with the innovative handling of traditional architectural language and indigenous buildings materials, she endeavors to create architectural compositions that relate to their extended contexts in a meaningful way.

Suman Sorg’s work has been recognized with numerous honors, including 26 awards from the American Institute of Architects. She has lectured extensively for the AIA, the National Building Museum, the Urban Land Institute, the Center for Architecture in New York, and others. Suman Sorg is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Building Museum, and she is a Peer Reviewer for the General Services Administration Design Excellence Program. Suman began her studies at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India and completed her Bachelor of Architecture at Howard University in Washington, DC. She went on to study Design and Historic Preservation at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.



Jessica Jones LEED AP BD+C | Real Estate Development Associate, Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Jessica Jones is a Real Estate Development Associate with Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC). She is charged with assisting real estate developers throughout all phases of the development process. She also provides green building knowledge to the project teams during the design phase. Prior to joining CPDC, Ms. Jones worked at Sustainable Design Consulting (SDC) where she was tasked with advancing a range of sustainability initiatives (e.g., energy efficiency, recycling, resident education, etc.) and assisting with managing and coordinating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) technical assistance on over 35 projects throughout the DC metropolitan area. Ms. Jones has also worked as a Transportation and Sustainability Analyst for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), researching alternative commuting and recycling improvements, collecting data for carbon footprint verification, and completing LEED self-assessments for SAIC-owned buildings. Ms. Jones holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University. Earning her LEED AP certification in 2008 and later the BD+C designation in 2011, Ms. Jones has focused her career towards the built environment, with an emphasis on affordable green housing and sustainable design. She is currently active in the US Green Building Council National Capital Region Chapter.


Scott Kratz | Director, 11th Street Bridge Park Project

For the last three years, Scott Kratz has been working with the Washington D.C. Office of Planning and the Ward 8 non-profit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC to transform an old freeway bridge into a park above the Anacostia River.

Kratz is a resident of Barrack’s Row and has lived in Washington D.C. for the last 8 + years. He has worked in the education field for over twenty years and began his career teaching at Kidspace, a children’s museum in Pasadena, California and later as the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA. While at the Autry, he supervised a staff that planned and implemented programs including theater, film, music, festivals, family programs, lecture series, and academic symposia. Most recently, Kratz was the Vice President for Education at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., a job that first brought him to the nation’s capital.


This year, undergraduate students from Howard University and Catholic University of America will introduce the panelist. These passionate architecture students hope to save the world through architecture.



Kinshasa Campbell | Third Year

After completing the program at Howard, Kinshasa’s goal is to become a licensed Architect and start her own firm. Originally from Mobile, AL but now reside in McDonough, GA, Kinshasa wants to focus on designing low-income housing and public spaces such as parks, churches, and museums. She is also interested in venturing into interior design as well as fashion.


Kanishia Satterwhite | Third Year

Originally from Missoula, MT by way of Oakland, CA, Kanishia has a passion for architecture, the environment, education, and individualism. In her future architecture career, Kanishia would like to focus her design abilities on housing, hospitality and institutions. Once stable in her career, Kanishia wants to travel the world; while funding, designing homes and educational facilities in underdeveloped countries.