Thursday  |  March 19, 2015  |  6:30 – 8:00 pm  |1.5 LU

SmithGroupJJR | 1700 New York Avenue, Suite 100  | 

Saving the world through architecture on a global scale means impacting countries that lack innovative design and construction solutions. This lecture will provide examples of women changing the face of architecture; applying their skills as an architect to social and humanitarian issues. We will also discuss how to join the ranks of women making this global impact by seeking your own opportunity to experience life abroad as an architect.


  1. Examine how architects can pursue design work overseas that provides socially responsible impact
  2. Learn about opportunities in the Peace Corps including loan forgiveness
  3. Learn how Fulbright grant enabled research into the urbanization and development in India
  4. Discuss how Australia’s women in architecture are changing the profession through research, informed opinions and debate


Please note: Video begins in the middle of Elizabeth’s presentation (Sorry Liz!). Half of Peace Corp presentation went mute due to microphone malfunction.



Suzanne Frasier, AIA, ASID, NCIDQ | Professor, Morgan State University

Suzanne Frasier is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning, located in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a licensed and registered architect and certified interior designer in the USA with over 20 years of professional experience in the design and construction industry prior to becoming a full-time academic. Frasier has held faculty positions at The New York School of Interior Design and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. She is the author of numerous theoretical and applied papers on architecture and design pedagogy and sustainable consumption in urban developments. Frasier studied architecture at the City College of New York where she also earned her Master of Urban Planning degree.
In 2012 Suzanne Frasier was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Teaching and Research Fellowship. While living in India, her research work focused on contemporary urban development in New Delhi and she was a visiting faculty member at the School of Planning and Architecture, India’s premier architecture school. Suzanne is currently filming a documentary of the urban social dynamics at the Janak Puri District Center Plaza in west Delhi based on William H. Whyte’s groundbreaking film, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. In addition, she is a co-curator of an exhibit sponsored by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, entitled Nehru: Innovation In Indian Space Making, which reviews postcolonial Indian forms of environmental design via an examination of the significant design decisions made by Jawaharlal Nehru during his leadership; the exhibit is being held in 2014, the 125th anniversary of the Nehru’s birth.


Keely Hayes | Regional Recruiter, Peace Corps

Keely Hayes is a Regional Recruiter for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Recruitment Office. From 2011 to 2013, Hayes and her husband served as Peace Corps volunteers in Kyrgyzstan, where she worked as a teacher trainer in the beautiful, mountainous town of Naryn improving students’ English fluency and training them in modern student-centered teaching methods. Hayes also worked with teachers from surrounding villages to organize and facilitate trainings and develop teaching materials. Her secondary projects included women’s clubs, cooking clubs and numerous summer camps.


Mariam Kamara, RA | Co-founder, United4Design

Mariam Kamara is an architect, social entrepreneur, activist and software developer. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington in Seattle as well as Master and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science, respectively from New York University and Purdue University. Her experience spans various areas, including housing, public, education, commercial spaces and urban design projects.
Through her work, Ms. Kamara strives to create culturally, historically and climatically relevant solutions to spatial problems inherent to the developing world, by discovering innovative ways of using local, renewable, and low-cost materials. She is guided by the belief that architects have an important role to play in providing a better quality of life for millions, especially in the developing world, with solutions that come from within. This requires carefully looking at the context, its hybridized cultures, its realities, its problems, and its over-looked strokes of genius.
In 2013, Ms. Kamara became a founding member of united4design, an architecture firm committed to creating the best possible design solutions for all people, especially those that are underrepresented, and do not have access to design services.


Parlour | Website, http://archiparlour.org/

A site for active exchange and discussion, Parlour brings together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture in Australia. It seeks to expand the spaces and opportunities available to women while also revealing the many women who already contribute in diverse ways.
As activists and advocates we aim to generate debate and discussion. As researchers and scholars we provide serious analysis and a firm evidence base for change. As women active in Australian architecture we seek to open up opportunities and broaden definitions of what architectural activity might be.
Parlour is an outcome of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work, and Leadership. The research team is led by Dr Naomi Stead, research fellow in the University of Queensland’s Centre for Architectural Theory Criticism and History (ATCH). Team members are Dr Karen Burns, Professor Julie Willis (both of the University of Melbourne), Justine Clark (honorary research fellow University of Melbourne), Professor Sandra Kaji-O’Grady (University of Sydney), Gill Matthewson, Dr Amanda Roan, Professor Gillian Whitehouse (all of the University of Queensland) and Professor Susan Savage (QUT).
Parlour is curated and edited by Justine Clark, with support from co-editors Naomi Stead, Karen Burns, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Julie Willis, Amanda Roan and Gill Matthewson.


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.



Elizabeth Reinckens, RA | Graduate

Elizabeth Reinckens is currently a student in the Graduate School of Architecture at the Catholic University of America and is focusing on a concentration in emerging technologies and media. She completed her undergraduate studies in architecture at CUA in 2014. Her final undergraduate Comprehensive Building Design Studio project is part of the exhibition Aedificium Memoriarum + Aedes Mortis: Building of Memories/ Houses of Death on display until February 7th at the AIA/ District Architecture Center Gallery.  A native of Washington DC, Elizabeth has participated in internships at the National Gallery of Art and the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum.  Elizabeth is currently working on the beginnings of her graduate capstone project which focuses on Newfoundland Canada culture.