2017 Civic Culture

Venue: Urban Land Institute, 2001 L St NW #200, Washington, DC 20036
Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (reception to follow)

1.5 CEUs for AIA, ASLA, and AICP

Walk-in tickets will be available at the event


Chrysanthe Broikos, Curator National Building Museum

Chrysanthe B. Broikos is an architectural historian and curator at the National Building Museum. She has coordinated the presentation of nearly 30 exhibitions since joining the curatorial team in 1998—including several of the Museum’s signature shows (Designing for Disaster; Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th Century America; On the Job: Design and the American Office; and Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America).

The intersection of architecture and photography is of particular interest to Broikos, who recently collaborated with fine art photographer Colin Winterbottom on Scaling Washington (2015), an exhibition documenting the impact of the August 2011 earthquake on both the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral. She has also worked closely with MacArthur Prize grantee Camilo José Vergara (Storefront Churches, 2009); Bill Bamberger (Stories of Home, 2003); and the late Robert C. Lautman (1923-2009), whose archive is part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Broikos initially joined the Museum’s education department in 1996, where she created the acclaimed Spotlight on Design lecture series. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and holds her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She taught a curatorial practice course for Georgetown’s graduate program in Art and Museum Studies (2012-2014) and currently serves as treasurer on the board of the National Preservation Institute.


Rachel Minnery, Senior Director of AIA Resilience and Sustainability Policy

Rachel Minnery, FAIA LEEDap is an architect and Senior Director of Sustainable Development Policy at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) where Rachel is spearheading the community resilience and disaster assistance programs.   Formerly in professional practice, Rachel led design and management of building and planning projects in the private and non-profit sector.  She is co-founder of Architects Without Borders Seattle and has led groups of volunteer architects to disaster-stricken places, particularly Mississippi and Haiti, responding to and recovering from floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.  Rachel frequently speaks and writes on emerging issues related to sustainability, climate adaptation and public-interest design.  Among her accomplishments, Ball State University honored her with an Outstanding Alumni Award and Rachel is a former recipient of AIA’s Young Architect Award.


Janice Barnes, Principal and Global Director at Perkins + Will

As Principal and Global Resilience Director, Janice works with public and private clients to identify their risks and vulnerabilities and to meet their resilience goals. With nearly 30 years of design experience bridging practical applications with empirical research, Janice recognizes critical organizational processes and links these to appropriate design responses. Internationally recognized for this expertise, Janice chairs the firm’s Resilience Task Force linking environmental, social and economic indicators to advance resilience principles in design and to connect expertise across communities. She leads engagements with diverse clients such as the Rockefeller Foundation, NYCEDC, District of Columbia District Department of the Environment, Ottawa Police Services, the University of California San Francisco and KPMG while serving on numerous editorial review boards, ULI Advisory Board and the Board of Urban Green in New York City. She leads the 100 Resilient Cities initiative in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Resilience Lab as part of Perkins+Will’s research initiative. Most recently she facilitated workshops in the nationwide National Disaster Recovery Competition Capacity-Building Academies, the Global Resilience Academy and the Resilience Americorps VISTA initiative.


Smita Rawoot, Associate Director for Global Delivery at 100 Resilient Cities

Smita is an urban planner, architect, and urban designer. She is currently the Associate Director for Global Delivery at 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), a program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The 100RC initiative works to build resilience in cities around the world. Smita heads solution delivery for 29 North American cities through the initiative. In this role, she works closely with the Chief Resilience Officers and 100RC Solution Partners. She has worked extensively in the field of planning and design for the past 18+ years. Through her design and planning work she has supported the development of inclusive communities with vibrant public realms and environmentally and economically sustainable places. Her experience developing diverse project types include: residential, education, hospitality, and special needs housing developments in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. As a business leader and Principal at a leading US design firm, she led the structuring and setup of a new regional planning studio, and through this work she developed a keen understanding of the opportunities and constraints of development in fast growing and rapidly urbanizing regions in Asia. Her focus areas in public policy and urban planning include: displacement, migration, gentrification, housing, resilience planning, public space planning & land use planning and zoning law. Smita is passionate about cities and has a deep understanding of urban policy. She has travelled and worked in many regions of the world.

Smita holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor in Architecture from Sushant School of Arts and Architecture.


Pamela Sams, Southeast Design Realization Leader at Gensler

Pamela Sams is a Southeast Design Realization Leader at Gensler’s Washington DC office and the Chair of the AIA Knowledge Community, TDBP (Technical Design for Building Performance). In both of these roles she champions for innovative design processes that uses data driven design decisions based on sound building science to target high performance goals.

She has been a Senior Project Architect on design teams developing and building many large scale, and complex projects in the U.S., Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She was a project leader on the Western Expansion to Dulles Airport; Oqyana-World First, a multi-use development located on built islands off of the coast of Dubai; and she recently completed the design for a new Forensic Laboratory Campus for the Department of Justice and is heading the in-office Construction Administration team for Phase One. Before returning to the U.S. in 1998, she worked and taught in Paris and Ireland. She received her MArch from Princeton University and her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the Women In Architecture Committee, Northern Virginia.