Make No Little Plans

Venue: National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (reception to follow)
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, design leaders Hilary Bertsch (principal at Perkins Eastman); Maria Casarella (AIA, senior associate at Cunningham Quill) and Emily Hotaling Eig (founder and president of EHT Traceries, Inc) will share their experiences working on three of D.C.’s most complex, large-scale projects:

  • The Wharf
  • St. Elizabeths East Campus
  • McMillan

Panelists will discuss their inspirations, design processes, challenges, successes and lessons learned from working on these dynamic urban spaces.


1.5 CEUs for AIA, ASLA, and AICP

Walk-in tickets will be available at the event



Hilary Bertsch, AIA
Principal at Perkins Eastman

Hilary’s experience includes large-scale waterfront, transit and urban retail developments across the U.S. In her twenty years of practice, Hilary has developed unique expertise in the design of public environments that create lasting value for both private and public sector clients. She has been closely involved in the design process from initial phases through implementation on some of the most high-profile projects in the U.S.bertsch-hilary_01-2013_horizontal-bw_mr


Maria Casarella, AIA
Senior Associate at Cunningham Quill Architects

Maria Casarella, AIA has been with Cunningham | Quill Architects since 2004, and brings over twenty years of award-winning residential, institutional and historic preservation experience to the firm. She takes a context-based and site-specific approach to architecture, promoting innovative design solutions that take into account the unique sensibilities of her clients and their projects.

Ms. Casarella is active in the Washington, DC community, and has been a Board member of the Cleveland Park Historical Society. Ms. Casarella was first appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty to the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board in 2008 and served as an appointed architect member until September 2015. She has served as the chair of the Sustainability Committee of the HPRB and led the entire effort to revise the DC Historic Preservation Guidelines to address sustainable building practices. She is a member of the DC Historical Society Advisory Committee and is an invited jury critic for Maryland, Catholic University’s and Virginia Tech’s Architectural programs. She is currently a volunteer mentor for the DCAIA Washington Architectural Foundation’s “Design Like a Girl” program.maria_casarella_bw


Emily Hotaling Eig
Founder and President of EHT Traceries, Inc.

Ms. Eig is the founder and president of EHT Traceries, Inc.. While her technical knowledge is focused on late 19th and 20th century buildings, she also has a thorough understanding of current historic preservation issues.  She is well-known for her work with federal and local architecture, especially in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  As a preservation consultant, she advises on the interpretation of preservation laws and regulations, as well as regularly assisting owners, developers, architects, and preservation technicians with the interpretation and analysis of historic buildings through a comprehension of historic and contemporary documents, construction techniques, and building materials.  She is a considered an expert in resource evaluation, federal and state Historic Preservation Certification processes, Section 106 mitigation, and the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  Ms. Eig has been accepted as an expert witness before the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board; the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation in DC; DC Zoning Commission; DC Board of Zoning Adjustment; Superior Court of the District of Columbia; the Montgomery County (Maryland) Historic Preservation Commission; the National Capital Planning Commission; and the US Commission of Fine Arts.  She currently serves as a member of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission.  Ms. Eig is a graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, specializing in architectural history, from The George Washington University.Emily




Ann Neeriemer, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate, Perkins Eastman

Ann Neeriemer has a passion for place-making and community based design which she has utilized on a variety of project types including master and campus planning, mixed-use developments, and primary and secondary education facilities. With more than 12 years of experience in all phases of design and construction, Ann’s expertise in visioning, master-planning, and programming for educational spaces guides schools to create sustainable facilities for the future.

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