Mar. 7: The National Building Museum Presents Architects Across Generations

Paola Moya and Beverly Willis

The National Building Museum presents: Architects Across Generations

Tuesday, March 76:30 – 8:30 pm

Beverly Willis and Paola Moya: 8 decades. 2 women. 1 dream.

Beverly Willis earlier in her career

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The National Building Museum features a special program, Architects Across Generations. Beverly Willis, artist, architect and philanthropist, joins architect and CEO of Marshall Moya Design, Paola Moya, for a cross-generational conversation on how architecture has evolved in the past half-century, what lies ahead, and the pressing issues practicing architects face today.

On the heels of the highly successful Women’s March in DC (and accompanying marches around the world) the achievements of women and their contributions are top of mind. Here, women who represent two different generations (Beverly Willis is 88 and Paola Moya is 36) speak to inspirations, challenges and opportunities. As architects and designers, these two women discuss the art of working across disciplines – staying agile and flexible within an evolving professional landscape (and the importance of an entrepreneurial instinct). Another very timely topic to be explored: the achievements of women are often misrepresented or ignored in history books – this is as true of the arts as it is of other disciplines. How can we pay it forward and better serve underrepresented groups/communities?

Beverly Willis at the Women’s March in DC

Legendary architect, artist and philanthropist Beverly Willis, born in 1928, has spent her career breaking down barriers and working as a fearless advocate for women. In the late seventies, she headed one of the few architectural firms in the country run by a woman. She founded the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) in 2002 to change the patriarchal culture of the design and building industry to one that recognizes and values the contributions of women.

Paola Moya, born in Colombia in 1980, emigrated to the U.S. with little more than drive and determination. Working two jobs day and night to support her family and put herself through school, she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and set out to run an architecture firm. As Marsall Moya Design CEO, her tenacious leadership has earned her many accolades, and she has dedicated herself to mentoring Latinas and young women, and to using design to solve humanitarian crises.

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