V Architecture Supports Women
On March 8th, an Open House hosted by the College of Architects and Landscape Architects (CAAPPR) was an informative event held for architecture and landscape architecture students, architects in training, and the general public interested in these professions. The Commission of Architects-in-Training coordinated the seminar with the American Institute of Architects- Puerto Rico Chapter (AIA PR).
During the Open House, various professionals spoke on panel discussions, and selected speakers lectured on relevant topics of interest for architecture and landscape architecture professionals. “I Graduated, Now What?” was delivered by the College’s Architects-in-Training delegate and V Architecture team member Joan M. Monge, who spoke about the steps to follow after obtaining a university degree. In addition, the architect Reily Joel Calderón spoke about relevant points in the revalidation process in his “ARE’s 5.0, one last challenge” discourse.
The panel hosted by AIA Women in Architecture and moderated by AIA President Maricarmen Conaway, Architect, focused “Laying the Foundation for a Successful Career” theme. Our Managing Principal and President, Architect Ilia M. Ríos, served on the panel and shared her experience and professional career, inspiring the next generation of architects to pursue success by giving their best in all scenarios they may encounter.
Finally, commemorating the International Day of Working Women, the architect-in-training winner of the first Gertie Besosa Silva Scholarship awarded by the CAAPPR was announced. This year’s scholarship jury comprised architects Maricarmen Conaway, architect Jessica Díaz Bras and architect Brenda García Sosa.
In short, the CAAPPR Open House was a complete and enriching event for architecture and landscape architecture students, architects in training, and the general public interested in these professions. The event provided valuable information on the steps to follow after obtaining a university degree, taking the architect revalidation exam, how to lay the foundations for a successful career, and the experience of leading professionals in architecture. It was a pleasure to contribute to the future of our architectural landscape on the island.
We look forward to more opportunities to mentor up-and-coming architects.