Architects & Sexual Misconduct: Panel by Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

How are issues of sexual harassment and misconduct impacting the historically male-dominated worlds of architecture and construction?

An April 16th panel discussion, ”Rebalancing the Power: Solutions for Sexual Misconduct in Architecture and Design Culture,” convened by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), will take place from 9:00am to 10:30am in Manhattan.

The diverse group of blue-ribbon experts, moderated by culture reporter Robin Pogrebin of The New York Times, will discuss the legacies of harassment and sexual abuse in architecture and design culture, as well as possible solutions. They will review recent experiences and challenges as well as offer ideas and even a validated approach forward for both design firms and victims in the professions.

Panelists include Robert Ottinger Esq., a plaintiff attorney, who will present the legal issues faced by victims of sexual misconduct. Julie Kantor PhD, a clinical psychologist, who will discuss the stress, trauma and behavioral issues related to both perpetrator and victim. Mark Regulinski, AIA, a former principal of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), will explain the role firm leaders play in improving working conditions for all, while Suzanne Pennasilico, head of SOM human resources, will offer employer and employee perspectives on incidents of sexual misconduct.

Who:  Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

What:  Panel discussion: “Re-Balancing the Power — Solutions for Sexual Misconduct in Architecture and Design Culture”

When:  Monday, April 16th, 9:00-10:30 am

Where:  Häfele America Co. showroom 20 West 22nd St., Suite 201, New York, N.Y. 10010

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About BWAF

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and advancing the recognition of women’s contributions to architecture. BWAF both commissions and curates research that pertains to women working at all levels within all fields of practice including architecture, engineering, construction, design, landscape, preservation, and planning. In 2017, BWAF launched the award-winning website of Pioneering Women of American Architecture, preserving the legacies of historically significant women born before 1940, who contributed to creating the American built environment between 1880 and 1980.