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.
Participants will earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW
Follow the discussion online #AIALi17 or #AIALi17_LA
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.
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.
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.”
Public Programs Manager, Tulane School of Architecture
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.
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.
Greater New Orleans Foundation, 919 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130