2019-2020 Session #6: Trending Now

Date: March 06, 2020
Location: WeWork, 2700 Post Oak Blvd.
Session Sponsors: DPR Construction, The Mathis Group
Venue Sponsor: House & Roberson
Leaders: Jean Daly, Rick De La Cruz
Documentation: Marcia Eddington & Sandy Veras
Speakers: Willow Curry, Amanda Tullos, Bonny McLoud, Maggie Wooldridge, Christian Sheridan, Joe Rivers, Jose Ignacio Perezanta


Jean Daly and Rick De La Cruz led the sixth session of the 2019-2020 Christopher Kelly Leadership Program, “Trending Now” at We Work in the Galleria. The session began with Willow Curry, Writer, Researcher, and Social Practice Artist and her approach to practicing activism in Art, Architecture, and Design within our communities. The discussion focused on how using your profession for positive social change can elevate sustainable community development.


Shifting from community development to sustainable development the scholars welcomed Amanda Tullus to discuss current trends in sustainability. Each scholar talked about what they would like to get out of sustainability in their careers and how we can make sustainability a basis of design, beginning with commitments to quantify goals in any given project.


After a short break the scholars switched gears to discuss parenthood and architecture with Bonny McLoud and Christian Sheridan. Bonny and Christian gave an overview of their experiences balancing the effects of parenthood both personally, within their project teams, and at the office. Once the discussion commenced scholars took a building tour of the We Work offices highlighting the co-working spaces that have been created to allow for versatility and adjustability.


Following the tour the last speakers of the day were Joe Rivers and Jose Ignacia Perezanta to discuss social media platforms and how you can use them to your advantage. The round table focused on how to reach outside your circles, formulate something of value, and be patient to allow things to grow.

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