Women in Design and Planning

Women in Design and Planning (WIDP) is a speaker series that seeks to give students an understanding of the state of gender-related issues in the design and planning professions as well as pragmatic advice on how to meet daily challenges. View this semester's calendar for upcoming WIDP programming

Career Services Programs

Women in Design and Planning Panel Discussion
This annual session is meant to be informative and informal, focusing on issues such as "glass ceilings,"
work-life balance and gender-related issues women may encounter in their first 5 years in the profession.
This is a great networking opportunity with accomplished women leaders in design fields.
Speakers at past programs have included:  

Meishka L. Mitchell, AICP, PP, Vice President of Neighborhood Initiatives, Cooper's Ferry Partnership
Kristin Hagar, Historic Preservation Consultant; Development Manager, Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm
Ximena Valle, RA, LEED AP, Project Architect, KSS Architects LLP
Nicole Hostettler, PP, AICP, LEED-Green Assoc, Planner, Philadelphia Water Department Office of Watersheds

Alice L. Sloan, Preservation Specialist, Klein and Hoffman, Inc. 
Kara Medow, Project Manager/Designer, ISA - Interface Studio Architects LLC
Sarah Weidner Astheimer, RLA, Senior Associate, james corner field operations
Christina Szczepanski, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Reinvestment Fund

Nicole Morris Dress, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Architect / Project Manager at BLT Architects
Johnette Davies*, Director of Historical Services at KSK Architects Planners Historians
Nancy O'Donnell, ASLA*, Director, Philadelphia Green, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Rebecca Wetzler*, Human Services Planning Coordinator, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management

Jacqueline F. Bershad, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP - CLR Design
Patrycja Doniewski, AIA- Qb3
Mami Hara*, ASLA, AICP - WRT Design
Elizabeth Rairigh*, AICP - KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc.

Genevieve Coutroubis, Director of Regional Community Arts Program, CFEVA
Carol Franklin, RLA, FASLA, Founding Principal, Andropogon Associates Ltd.
Nancy Rogo Trainer, AIA, AICP, LEED� AP, Principal, - Venturi Scott Brown and Associates

Women in the Fine Arts Discussion and Reception

Carson Fox, Penn BFA, multi-media, www.carsonfox.com
Jill Sablosky, PennDesign MFA, sculptor, http://www.inliquid.com/artist/sablosky_jill/sablosky.php
Marjorie van Cura, PennDesign MFA, painter, www.marjorievancura.com

Women in Design and Planning Panel Discussion
Rosanne Dub�, PennDesign MSPV, Project Director, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering
Fon Wang, PennDesign MSPV, UCI Architects
Marisa Waxman, PennDesign MCRP, Director of Policy, Planning, & Outreach, City of Philadelphia

Recordings and Videos

Women in Design Panel, Part I

November 14, 2012


(l to r) Sarah Weidner Astheimer, MLArch 05, Senior Associate, james corner field operations
Kara Medow, MArch 09,Project Manager/Designer, ISA
Alice L. Sloan, MHP 08, Preservation Specialist, Klein and Hoffman, Inc.
Christina Szczepanski, MCP 08, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Reinvestment Fund

Women in Design Panel, Part II

November 14, 2012

Advice for Women in Design and Planning from Penn Career Services on Vimeo.

Advice to women from PennDesign alumna Christina Szczepanski

Additional Resources

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

Women in Design (Harvard School of Design student group)

Women in Preservation (National Preservation Institute)