New orleans

Hosted by: AIA New Orleans 
Local Contact: Sherri Carney, Director of Programs and Events
Phone: 504-446-1569

local programming

November 16, 2017
Greater New Orleans Foundation, 919 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
8:30am–6:00pm (Local Time)

Building from the notion of the Citizen Architect, AIA New Orleans will discuss how architects can have a role in local and regional issues, from identifying the problem, to designing the solution. The programming will supplement that of the National Plenary Broadcast, by offering ideas for using your leadership potential to address real-world problems, beyond your office.

Attendees will engage in dialog around three issues incredibly relevant to New Orleans and the surrounding region: Coastal Planning and Resilience, Economic Development, and Community Engagement and Activism. 

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Participants will earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW

Follow the discussion online #AIALi17 or #AIALi17_LA


08:00 - 8:30a Breakfast / Registration

08:30 - 8:45a Local Program Welcome by Angela Morton and Amanda Rivera

08:45 - 9:45a Our Role in Economic Development

      featuring Michael Hecht

09:45 - 10:00a Coffee break

10:00 - 11:00a Designing for a Resilient Future, panel discussion

Colleen McHugh, Resilience Design Manager, City of New Orleans (Moderator)
Melissa Lee, Senior Advisor for Commercial Revitalization, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
Alexandra Miller, AICP, Managing Principal, Asakura Robinson
Aron Chang, co-founder and director, Blue House

11:00 - 11:30a Coffee break / Countdown to National Plenary Broadcast

11:30 - 04:00p National Plenary Broadcast (click to view Central Schedule)

*Lunch will be served during the broadcast

04:00 - 04:10p Program break

04:10 - 04:30p Plenary debrief

04:30 - 05:30p Defining Citizen Architect: Engagement from the Community to the Board Room

The role of Citizen Architect was originally defined as one who uses their professional training and talents to contribute to the community in meaningful ways. While this main objective is still valid, architects have begun to explore the wide range of opportunities in which they can effect change for a greater quality of life for our communities. This discussion will explore two very successful, but different paths.

R. Reid Falconer, AIA, LA State Representative
Sue Mobley, Public Programs Manager, Tulane Small Center

06:00 - 8:00pm AIA New Orleans Annual Membership Meeting


Amanda Rivera, AIA
Senior Associate, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Since joining Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2003, Amanda has actively managed a diverse range of projects for the firm. With key interests in sustainable site strategies and urban design, Amanda brings a critical perspective to her work which is evident in her most recent string of diverse assignments including Crescent Park, L.B. Landry High School, New Orleans East Hospital and the Louisiana SPCA Campus Expansion. Promoted to Senior Associate in 2015, Amanda is a Board Member for the AIA New Orleans Chapter serving as Treasurer, a founding member of the Young Architects Forum New Orleans Chapter, and a regular design critic at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. In 2014 Amanda served as the National Greenbuild Convention Legacy Project Chair for the USGBC Louisiana Chapter.


Angela Morton, AIA

Angela Morton is a Principal with Mathes Brierre Architects in New Orleans, where she has worked since 2005. She earned her architecture license in 2007 and is also LEED certified. She has an undergraduate degree in Architecture and English literature from the University of Virginia and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. Angela has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects, where she has served in various board positions from the state and local chapters, including State Associates director, local Associates director, State representative and Vice President for District B. Angela also chaired the local CANstruction event for several years, which was proud to be the largest food-raising event for the Second Harvest Food bank for many of those years. 

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Michael Hecht
President & CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Michael Hecht is President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development agency for southeast Louisiana.  GNO, Inc.'s mission falls broadly into two categories:  business development – attracting and growing businesses – and product development – creating better business conditions.   Under Michael's leadership, GNO, Inc. was recently named a “Top Ten Economic Development Organization in the United States.” 


Colleen McHugh
Resilience Design Manager, City of New Orleans

Colleen works in the City of New Orleans’ Office of Resilience and Sustainability guiding the implementation of green infrastructure and other resilience projects with a focus on coordinating across departments and ensuring projects are designed for multiple community and climate benefits and equitable outcomes. Colleen worked on the development of the city’s award-winning resilience strategy, the city’s first-ever climate action strategy, and the city’s $141 million award-winning proposal to HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. Originally from San Francisco, Colleen earned a Master in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Global Studies from UCLA.


Melissa Lee, Senior Advisor, New Orleans
Redevelopment Authority (NORA)

Melissa is responsible for funding and planning support to help revitalize commercial corridors throughout the City of New Orleans. As part of her responsibilities, she is managing NORA’s first façade improvement and placemaking grant program stimulating investments opportunities to redevelop commercial spaces for active use, support small business retention and growth, and facilitate the development of walkable and bike friendly neighborhoods through design. With over 20 years of experience as a community organizer and urban planner shepherding socially innovative programs from inception to completion across several US cities, Melissa envisions equitable development more than a buzzword. 


Alexandra Miller, AICP, Managing Principal
Economic Development Sector Lead – New Orleans Office

Alexandra Miller is an urban planner and community development professional who specializes in planning for inclusive, equitable economic development and community revitalization. Her work focuses on economic and social empowerment of communities that helps residents shape their own urban environments. Her areas of expertise include economic development planning, community development finance, physical and economic resilience, and public engagement. Alex is dedicated to leveraging bottom-up community development strategies with connections to regional resources in order to create real community-driven improvements in local opportunities and quality of life. She also prioritizes in-depth community engagement in every project, and is a co-founder of Social Agency Lab.


Aron Change,
co-founder, Blue House

Aron Chang is an urban designer and educator based in New Orleans. He is a co-founder and director at the Blue House, a Central City collective and work space. He is co-director of Ripple Effect, an organization that promotes water literacy through design-based, in-school instruction. He is also a founding member of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, and serves on the New Orleans City Council’s Environmental Advisory Committee. In addition, he currently  teaches the Site Strategies course at the Tulane School of Architecture.

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R. Reid Falconer, AIA
State Representative - District 89

An architect, planner and builder, a native of Baton Rouge, and Adjunct Professor of Finance at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Reid served two terms as Councilman St. Tammany Parish, where he was elected to Chair of the Council.  In 2015, he was elected to the Louisiana Legislature representing District 89. He served as Chair of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the West St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity Affiliate, and Board Member of the Northshore Community Foundation. He is immediate past chair of the Louisiana District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and a founding member and past chair of the Northshore Business Council. 

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Sue Mobley
Public Programs Manager, Tulane School of Architecture, and Director of Advocacy, Colloqate Design

Sue Mobley is Public Programs Manager at the Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture and Director of Advocacy at Colloqate Design. Her primary research interests are in urban studies, public history, and design ethnography with a focus on race, class, and gender. Mobley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She is the author of Human Rights, Human Wrongs, Observation of Human Rights Law and Norms in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.


Greater New Orleans Foundation, 919 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130