Thursday  |  March 21, 2013  |  6:30 – 7:30 pm  |  1 CEU

SmithGroupJJR | 901 K Street NW, Suite 400  |  Reception to follow, sponsored by Haworth

The grueling demands of the architecture profession are nothing new to the average emerging architect. Studio culture has trained us that a 60 hour work week is average to most. The July/August 2012 issue of the Atlantic magazine made a provocative statement pertaining to the work/life balance, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”.  Attendees will explore the topic of ‘having it all’ with three architectural professionals in various stages of career and family development.


  1. Identify the impact of the current work culture
  2. Identify paid and extended leave due to family, medical and parental leave as well as disability.
  3. Identify the pursuit of the work/life balance
  4. Recognize specific real life challenges women in architecture experience.


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Kathryn T. Prigmore | FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, CDT

Kathryn is a Vice President and Civic Studio Lead with HDR Architecture, Inc. in Alexandria, VA specializing in the design of facilities for clients with sensitive missions. She is the past Chair of the AIA National Ethics Council and has also chaired the NCARB Committee on Examination. She is a former Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture for the Howard University School of Architecture and Design, and, former Chair of the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects. Active in professional and civic affairs, Prigmore is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Organization of Minority Architects, and the Society of Building Science Educators.

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Claudia Williams | Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Claudia joined Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in August 2007 as a Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow. Prior to joining IWPR, Claudia was a Research Assistant at the Program of Migration Affairs at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she also completed her BS in Economics. She is interested in doing research on feminist social policies, poverty and development. Claudia uses quantitative and qualitative methods to assist in the production of IWPR research related to women’s well-being and economic security. Claudia likes working on women’s issues and living in DC; she has recently completed an MA in Public Policy with a concentration in Women Studies at the George Washington University.

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LaShae A. Ferguson | Associate AIA

LaShae is the owner of L.A. Design Collective LLC., an Architectural Design & Drawing Co., is a native Washingtonian and graduate of the University of the District of Columbia’s Bachelor of Architecture program. LaShae has co-managed projects such as Eagle Bank, Basis Charter School and a Head Start Facility. She’s one of the few women that can be found on the construction site with a hard hat and laser measure. She also volunteers for Architecture in the Schools. LaShae lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and 2 daughters. When not working, she enjoys cooking and traveling.

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Eliza Beth Engle | AIA, LEED AP, CAPS

Eliza is a licensed architect with a strong focus on interior architecture. She is interested in how the built environment can create healthy places in which to learn, work and grow. Her interest in sustainable design began in undergraduate school and continued in her graduate work at the University of Oregon. Universal Design practices have also been an integral part of her work at GBRA and complement her focus on interior environments. She is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the National Home Builders Association and active in the NOVA Chapter of Women in Architecture committee.


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