SPOTLIGHT ON PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Tulane School of Architecture is invited to join this presentation by Anna Wu and Ramiro Diaz. They join the School in order to discuss our evolving the strategic role of the architect in an evolving profession and world.
Anna A. Wu, FAIA, LEED AP, is the University Architect and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations, Planning and Design at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs a team responsible for the planning, design, maintenance and operations of the University’s academic buildings, research facilities, residence halls, grounds and landscapes.
Prior to this, she was the University Architect and Director of Facilities Planning where she led a professional staff, of architects, engineers, landscape architect and planner, responsible for the planning and design project management for Carolina’s campus. Together, they executed Carolina’s $2.3 billion capital program encompassing the renovation of over thirty buildings, the addition of 4 million square feet of new construction, the expansion and renewal of prominent campus open spaces and the master plan for Carolina North.
She received her Masters of Architecture degree from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Wu received the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in recognition of her service to the University. In 2009, she was elected to the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.
Jaime Ramiro Diaz is an architectural designer currently employed at the New Orleans firm of Waggonner & Ball, Architects. A graduate of Tulane University School of Architecture, Ramiro has lived and worked in New Orleans for over 10 years and is an active member of the design community. Prior to joining Waggonner & Ball Architects in 2004, Ramiro worked for Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans, Kaplan/McLaughlin/Diaz in San Francisco and the artist collective Atelier Van Lieshout in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Ramiro has served on the board of the New Orleans AIA and started the New Orleans Young Architects Coalition. He has been a guest architectural critic at Tulane University and Washington University in St. Louis.
Since joining Waggonner & Ball, Ramiro has played a leading role on a number of projects of urban significance within the city of New Orleans, including The Dutch Dialogues. He is outspoken on matters of sustainable infrastructure and public awareness relative to these issues.