AIA LV July Member Meeting "Equality, Diversity & Inclusion"
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 Export to Your Calendar 7/15/2020
When: July 15, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Your Home, Your Office, Your Phone! It's A Virtual Event!
United States
Contact: Kelly Lavigne

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Join Us as our Panel discusses "Equality, Diversity & Inclusion"


This meeting will be held via ZOOM on July 15th from 1:00 to 2:30pm PST (not 5:30pm as per usual to accommodate our east coast participants) 
This unique AIA Nevada meeting brings together the panelists from a podcast organized by Danei Cesario, AIA titled, “Planning the Future: Principals,
Practice + Purpose" that was recorded at the A’19 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas.  While the conversation touched on many areas within the
profession of architecture, there was an emphasis on issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  A year later, the call to action is loud and
AIA Nevada President Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh, AIA has reassembled the panelists for a meaningful conversation relative to new views
and actions on racial equality, diversity and inclusion based on the recent events of 2020.


There is no fee for AIA Members or Guests to attend this membership meeting but you must be registered to attend.

*This program will be registered for 1.5 CE Credits

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Our panelists are...


William J. Bates, FAIA (Bill Bates) has served as the 2019 President of the American Institute of Architects, and is now an Adjunct Professor at The Carnegie Mellon University

School of Architecture.  As a member of the AIA Pennsylvania Chapter for over 25 years he led the AIA Pittsburgh Chapter as President and also served as President of

AIA Pennsylvania. Bill’s focus has always been on helping the profession to become one that welcomes and nurtures the talent of everyone who has a passion for design

and who dreams of making a better world.


Danei Cesario, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, NOMA is the 333rd black female architect in American history. Hailing from Manchester, England, she is an internationally licensed architect,

project manager, + public speaker. She is currently part of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), managing dynamic mixed-use development, healthcare + wellness projects. With over a decade

of experience, her leadership has been a significant factor in repeat partnerships. Beyond the office, Danei’s passion for architecture + advocacy has led her to become a champion for

design professionals + a sought-after speaker. Her experience working in diverse, global environments has yielded speaking engagements at numerous national + international conferences + private sector events, including the United Nations, SXSW, Royal Institute of British Architects, AIA National Conference + the New York Building Congress. Danei served as chair of AIA

New York’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for over five years. Currently, she serves on the AIA New York State Board, representing nearly 10,000 members across 13 chapters.  She is

a contributor/ambassador to organizations including Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Parlour, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust + nycobaNOMA Executive Board. Danei is dedicated

to fostering Mentorship, Sponsorship + Leadership within the design community.  She founded WALLEN + daub to expand on these principles.

Melvin D. Green, AIA, NCARB, NOMA, APEC  graduated from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1980.  Shortly after, he started

his internship with the Home Maintenance Corporation in New Haven, Connecticut. There he learned the humanistic approach to architectural design, “to design for the people”. In 1983 he

was recruited to work for Holmes and Narver, Inc., and later Raytheon Services Nevada designing support facilities for the Stealth Fighter Program at the Tonopah Test Range. In 1995, he

founded Melvin Green Architect, Ltd. Melvin has been designing projects for over 30 years and has extensive experience in every facet of architectural design and sustainability. He

has completed numerous projects to include residential, multi-family, commercial, religious, educational, convention, and healthcare projects in the greater Las Vegas area. He is a

member of the National Association of Minority Architects, National Association of Minority Contractors, Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council, National Council of

Architectural Registration Board, and the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Green has a vast amount of international experience gained while working on various hotel and casino projects

in Macau, China. He is listed on the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect Register; thereby giving him the opportunity to seek licensure in over 18 participating countries. 

In 2009, he helped establish KME Architects in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a full-service architectural firm.  This diverse organization is located on the Southwest side of the valley. KME is a

certified small business Minority Business Enterprise, (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, (DBE), nominated for the best small firm in Las Vegas in 2010, by the Las Vegas

Chamber of Commerce.  In 2016, KME received the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for the Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Westside School from Las Vegas

Mayor Carolyn Goodman. In 2018, KME was published in the Winter 2017 edition of The National Preservation Magazine for the design of the Historic Westside School, nominated for the

2017 WRMSDC Supplier of the Year award by the MGM Resort International, and won the 2018 National APWA Project of the Year award for the Historic Westside School.  Mr. Green

believes in the concept of “Listening Architecture,” which encompasses a two-way communication format for gathering pertinent information that embraces all aspects of the

creative design programming. His motto is We listen, We pay attention, We create, and We deliver.  Relevant projects and clients include:  Rainbow Dreams Academy, Booker &

Wendell P. Williams Elementary Schools, worked as a team on the T-Mobile Arena for MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation for Las Vegas Convention

and Visitors Authority, Flamingo Convention Center remodel for Caesars Entertainment, Eclipse Movie Theater, Clark County Real Property Management, Southern Nevada Housing

Authority, and multiple food service clients that include Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Chili’s.

Dwayne Eshenbaugh, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
., a U.S. Air Force Veteran, founded NOVUS Architecture in 2009. NOVUS is an award-winning, full-service design

firm offering architecture, interior design, planning, and sustainability services to a diverse group of like-minded clients. Dwayne’s vision, passion for elevated design,

and his leadership abilities were all drivers as he ventured out and founded NOVUS Architecture. He is a hands-on Design Principal who touches every project that comes

through the office. Eshenbaugh is the current President of AIA Nevada and an Advisory Board member of the Good Deed Project, a 501 (c)(3) focused on assisting

not-for-profit organizations and individuals with limited resources.

T. R. Witcher
 is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the University of Chicago and has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. He has written about

architecture and urbanism for a variety of publications, including TIME, Civil Engineering, and Desert Companion. He’s won six awards from the Society of Professional

Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Western Publishing Association. He’s taught in both the School of Architecture and the Journalism

and Media Studies program at UNLV.

Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA
 is an architect and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF). She joined the foundation

following 10 years as the Managing Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Center for Architecture. Both an architect and a creative

institutional administrator, Cynthia was responsible for the creation of Archtober, the New York City month-long festival of architecture and design.

Michelle Tapia, AIAS is a UNLV Architecture Student and currently serves as the UNLV President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). She also serves
on the AIA Las Vegas Board of Directors.

Maria Del C. Vera
 is an Urban Design and Urban Culture researcher focusing on issues of urbanism, urban design, and urban identity. She is often publishing, exhibiting,
lecturing, and presenting work in multidisciplinary journals, conferences, and galleries across Europe, the USA, the Middle East, and South America. As a resident of
Las Vegas, Vera taught at UNLV School of Architecture and collaborated with The City of Las Vegas and The Downtown Design Center in forwarding the discourse of
urban growth with local stakeholders invested in the re-fabrication of Downton. She now lives in Toronto, developing and contributing to VerS + in seeking answers to the
urban context and land use in the age of intelligence. 


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