View from the Top: New Orleans Women Architects

Apr 10, 2013

Judith Kinnard, FAIA, Collette Creppell, AIA, Julie D. Brown, AIA, Paula Peer and Prisca Weems recently participated in a panel discuss at the AIA Center for Design (1000 St. Charles Avenue) that highlighted local women leaders in the architectural profession to discuss issues facing women in the profession.

The newly formed Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee of the AIA New Orleans Chapter promotes women leaders within the architecture profession and the allied design and building industries with a focus on mentorship, licensure, and professional development. While the committee was only started December 2012, they have had an exciting and overwhelming response from membership with 80 attendents at the kickoff meeting and over 200 women enrolled on the email list!


Julie Brown, TSA ‘79, AIA, President

Julie D. Brown Julie is President of Julie D. Brown, AIA, a full service architectural firm specializing in healthcare projects. She started her firm after 10 years in design and facilities management with Tulane Medical Center, serving as Resident Architect and Director of Facilities Design and Construction. She has a M. of Architecture from Tulane University and an MBA from UNO. She is licensed in LA, MS, FL and MD. Julie was the first woman president of AIA NO in 1990 and has served as Treasurer, Vice-President, served on the AIA LA Board and worked on the television marketing campaign to promote local architects and their work. She was the AIA LA Design Conference Chairman (AIA, ASID, ASLA) in Biloxi in 1991, the first time it was held outside of LA and held in conjunction with allied professionals. She served as Chairman of the LA Architects Selection Board in 1992 and on the Vieux Carre Commission from 1997-2002. She is a member of the AIA Academy for Healthcare Architecture and is the only architect in the New Orleans Women’s Healthcare Executive Network, serving as Vice President of the organization this year. She has volunteered for numerous community, social and civic associations.


Judith Kinnard, FAIA, Harvey-Wadsworth Chair and Professor, Tulane University Principal

Judith Kinnard Architect LLC President-Elect, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2010 Judith Kinnard, FAIA, is an architect with a dual commitment to practice and teaching. Her work has included numerous small-scale projects and more than a dozen national competitions dealing with larger scale issues. In 2010, she was elected president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Prior to joining the faculty at Tulane University in 2008, she taught at the University of Virginia, Princeton University and Syracuse University.


Paula Peer, AIA, Principal

Trapolin-Peer Architects Paula Peer has over 22 years of experience in both new construction and renovation projects for both the public and private sector. Paula is a Principal of Trapolin-Peer Architects and has been with the firm over 12 years. Her previous experience ranged from single-family residential to large mixed-use/multi-family and hospitality projects. Mrs. Peer is also an active member of the community, currently serving as Vice President of the New Orleans Chapter of the AIA, the Historic District Advisory Committee for the City of Gretna, is the co-chair of the Women in Architecture Committee, and is on the Board of the YWCA.


Collette Creppell, AIA, LEED AP

University Architect and Director of Campus Planning, Tulane University Collette Creppell, AIA has over 25 years of experience as an architect and planner and currently serves as the university architect and director of campus planning for Tulane University (2003-present). Having trained in the architecture offices of Rafael Moneo, Ben Thompson & Associates, and Moshe Safdie in the U.S. and abroad, Ms. Creppell returned to New Orleans in 1994 to establish an architectural firm, Design for Public Spaces, and to teach as a clinical assistant professor at Tulane School of Architecture. A former planner in New York City, she served as Executive Director of the New Orleans City Planning Commission (2001-03). Ms. Creppell is Vice Chair of the Board of the New Orleans Building Corporation (a public benefit corporation) and serves on the Tulane's President's Administrative Council as well as the School of Architecture's Board of Advisors. She holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (M.Arch I, 1990) and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Harvard College (Class of '82).


Prisca WeemsTSA ‘95, LEED AP

UCEO and Founder of FutureProof Prisca is CEO and Founder of FutureProof, a biosciences-led design firm that works at the nexus of natural and built systems to create regenerative environments and empowered communities. Ms. Weems has also co-founded associated companies working in post-disaster recovery, green economic development and R & D. Ms. Weems works with the development community to integrate sustainable design and low-income development (LID) practices in residential, commercial and government sector projects with aggressive sustainability goals, as well as providing strategy and oversight in the design and execution of community and regional-scale initiatives. She has practiced as a design professional in the US and Europe since 1995, and is currently focused on sustainability masterplanning, ecological restoration, and green infrastructure, including working with municipalities to develop policies and funding structures to support progressive development practices. Prisca’s greatest pleasure is facilitating the “joining of forces” by helping enterprising and energized teams of extraordinary people come together to implement consequential change. Prisca holds a MArch from Tulane University School of Architecture, a post-graduate degree in Advanced Environmental and Energy Sciences from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales/University of East London, and is a LEED AP, Living BuildingAmbassador, and Enterprise Green Communities National Technical Assistance Provider.

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