AIA Redwood Empire Perspective Series


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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The Perspective Series Returns!

Overcoming Obstacles + Pitfalls Climbing the Leadership Ladder

1.25 LU|HSW (pending course approval)

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We will join 3 panelists discussing different career phases, leadership, career and job development and other logistical hurdles facing the professional today.


Je’Nen Chastain, MBA, Assoc. AIA.

Je’Nen Chastain is the founder of Apostrophe Consulting, a management consultancy serving professionals in architecture and the creative fields. With expertise in marketing, leadership development, and strategic planning, Je’Nen is passionate about developing next-generation practice leaders. She is a Co-Host of Practice Disrupted, a brand-new podcast by Practice of Architecture and Gābl Media, exploring the changing nature of practice. A recipient of the 2017 AIA Associates Award, Je’Nen holds both a B.Arch. and an MBA. She previously spent a decade in the Bay Area, collaborating with award-winning firms in their design, marketing, and business development efforts.


Lyanne Schuster, QKA

Always interested in architecture, Lyanne came to it as a career a bit late. Her undergraduate degree is in International Relations, though she was a Ceramics major until junior year.  She returned to school for an M.Arch after working in retail, as a freelance artist, and teaching English as a second language in Africa. After receiving her M.Arch in 1989, she moved to California from Pittsburgh to be with family. And because of the weather. She took a break in early 90s and spent 6 months in Japan teaching English. Returning to Architecture, she worked on some housing replacement projects resulting from the Oakland fires. Other architectural experience has been a lot of retail, commercial and multifamily residential including cohousing, and schematic design for redevelopment. Lyanne joined QKA in 2005 and has been there since then (by far the longest she has worked anyplace).  Outside of work, she volunteers with wildlife rehab, she runs and makes art when she can.

Erin Smith, AXIA Architects

Erin was originally drawn to Architecture because of a strong aptitude in both Art and Math throughout early education. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Masters of Architecture from MSU Bozeman, Montana. Prior to joining AXIA Architects in 2014, she spent the first seven years of her career in San Francisco with primary focus on Retail and Commercial Development, and also had the opportunity to work with Architecture for Humanity as a research assistant and author on their publication Design Like You Give a Damn II. Erin is currently working toward her Architectural license, is a mother of two under four, and enjoys golf, skiing, hiking and all things outdoors in her free time. (That is, once the kids grow a little older and she gets said free time back.)

Ingrid Anderson, Hedgpeth Architects

Since joining Hedgpeth Architects in 2015, Ingrid has been designer and project manager of
multi-family and mixed use projects. She sees architecture as an act of social contribution, a life
path where each project is a vehicle of cultural expression and an opportunity to strengthen
communities and give character to neighborhoods. Like parenting and teaching, this profession is
an optimistic endeavor. Creating high quality, stable multi-family housing, particularly with
affordable projects, is a chance to participate in helping families and children realize their life
Ingrid is NCARB certified, has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Rice University, where
she was awarded a full fellowship to the graduate school, and an Ars Baccalaureate degree from
Bryn Mawr College, Cum Laude, in multiple disciplines, including Architectural History, Urban
Design and the History of Art.


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