BUSINESS OF

ARCHITECTURE

SYMPOSIUM WOMENS SPECIAL


WHEN -

8 MARCH, 2023


WHERE-

ON ZOOM EVENTS!

MAIN SPONSOR -

success leaves clues —


If you ever been silenced or had to put your personal life on a back-burner because you are an architect, this event is for you.

We are talented, courageous and successful but our success is not only measured by how well we do at work.

For many of us being a successful architect is being a present parent or a creative designer.

WHO -

JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT BLUE COLAR, DOESN'T MEAN YOU ARE NOT A BREAD WINNER —

Being a woman architect is not easy!

If you are paid less than your male counterparts, expected to show up in the office everyday, and thought of as less responsible or seen a liability because you choose to have a family you are in the right place!

If you never chose to feel "less than" because of being a woman that doesn't mean that you can not join us and make meaningful connections here. Many of our speakers have not allowed themselves to feel like they have to struggle to be seen. Expose yourself to powerful female disruptors in the industry!

SPEAKERS -

Alison Brooks- Founder of Alison Brooks Architects, London

Alison Brooks is one of the UK’s most highly awarded and internationally acclaimed architects. A native of Ontario, she studied architecture at the University of Waterloo before moving to the UK in 1988. Since founding her practice in 1996 she has emerged as one of the UK’s most inventive architects with works encompassing urban design and housing, higher education buildings, private houses and public buildings for the arts. She is the only UK architect to have received all three of the profession’s most prestigious awards: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal (twice), and the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Alison Brooks’ unique architectural approach springs from invested research into the specific geography, climate and cultures of each project so that her design solutions emerge as both unique and relevant to the constituencies they serve.

Gabriela Etchegaray- Founder of Ambrosi-Etchegaray, Mexico City

Gabriela Etchegaray is a curator, architect and researcher based in Mexico City and New York. Her work involves designing projects, installations, exhibitions and curatorial projects. Her research focuses on art, geography and architecture that take the forms of drawings, maps, texts, documents and buildings.She is principal of AMBROSI ETCHEGARAY, an architectural practice co-founded in 2011 with Jorge Ambrosi. She was appointed as curator of the Mexican Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia 2018. She was awarded the Moira Gemill Prize 2016. AMBROSI ETCHEGARAY was recognized as Design Vanguard 2017, and recipient of the 2015 Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices. Etchegaray has been invited to national and international schools of architecture as critic and lecturer; she is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP and teaches a Seminar at Universidad CENTRO in Mexico City. Through her work she explores the intersections between social values, space, nature, gender, material and immaterial explorations.

Kim Yao- Principal at Architecture Research Office, Columbia GSAPP, New York City

Kim Yao, FAIA, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a New York City
firm united by their collaborative process, commitment to accountable action, and social and environmental responsibility. Kim teaches at MIT and has previously taught at Columbia University GSAPP, Parsons, the New School for Design, and Barnard College. She has lectured throughout the United States and abroad. Kim has been awarded the AIA New York (AIANY) Medal of Honour and the Beverly Willis Foundation Mentorship Award. She was President of AIANY in 2020 and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Centre for Architecture. She holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Columbia College: Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

Carolyn Leung- Director at Superimpose, Amsterdam

Carolyn is a director and co-founding partner at the international architecture practice Superimpose Architecture with entities in Beijing, Rotterdam and Hong Kong. Carolyn lived in Hong Kong during her early years and is educated in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. She holds a MSc degree (Distinction) from the Delft University of Technology (TUD) in The Netherlands and is a registered architect in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Prior to co-founding Superimpose in 2016, Carolyn worked at renowned award-winning practices including Foster + Partners London (2009-2012), URBANUS Beijing (2013) and Benoy Beijing (2013-2016).

During her tenure at F+P, Carolyn participated in large scale masterplanning, regeneration and headquarter projects including the Amazon HQ London, Ministry of Defense France Competition and Shenzhen CR Land masterplan. Since starting Superimpose China - apart from designing - her primary focus is on client liaison and project facilitations. She plays a key role in project acquisitions and communication. As a partner of Superimpose, she has been involved with all award-winning projects including Micr-O in Hangzhou, Re-Veil and Y-Loft City in Changzhi and the Vanke Sky-City TOD in Hangzhou, which is currently close to completion.

Ria Vogiatzi- Founder, Elastic Architects, Athens, Greece

Ria is Principal and co – Founder of Elastic Architects, a global award-winning architectural firm based in Athens that specializes in high–end hospitality design. Starting out as a small business in 1996, Elastic has since managed to form a team of 64 talented architects and designers in Greece alone, having offices in London, Toronto, Cyprus and Dubai. Ria views every new project as a challenge, a quest to craft inspiring, bespoke design solutions that create memorable, evocative experiences to future guests. Each space is carefully examined and explored to uncover every one of its hidden gems which envisioned in the right setting and context, may become one of the many remarkable focal points of a hotel.With a rich, internationally distinguished portfolio of diverse projects such as Aman Resorts, Janu by Aman, One & Only, Marriot, Accor, Brown Hotels, CocoMat, Banyan Tree and others, Ria and her team at Elastic aim to shape and transform spaces, designing innovative and timeless experiential destinations that define the future of hospitality.

Christine Conix- cofounder at CONIX RDBM Architects, Antwerp

Christine Conix is one of the founders of CONIX RDBM Architects with, Jorden Goossenaerts and Frederik Jacobs. The organisation consists of a multidisciplinary team of 65 members operating from offices in Antwerp, Brussels, Rotterdam and Terneuzen. As the result of the merger in 2013, CONIX RDBM Architects has become an important player in the Belgian and Dutch world of architecture. Conix Architects was founded in 1979 in Wilrijk by Christine Conix.

Conix Architects already made a name through various residential and private projects and got internationally renowned due to the Belgian European Pavilion for the World Expo (2010) in Shanghai and the renovation and extension of the Brussels Atomium (2005). Christine Conix knows perfectly how to bring functionality and aesthetics together and outshines in the conceptualization of her projects. In 2016 Christine Conix was honoured by being awarded the Laureate of Work for Architecture.

Sheila Sri Prakash- Founder and Chief Architect of Shilpa Architects, India

Sheila Sri Prakash is an internationally acclaimed Architect, Urban Designer, and Sustainability Expert, who founded Shilpa Architects Planners Designers in 1979.
Builders, Architects and Building Materials (BAM),
in association with CII Real Estate & Building Technology Exhibition, has conferred upon her the

Lifetime Achievement in the field of Architecture Award 2019 for her

outstanding achievements and contribution to sustainable design thinking and the growth of Indian real estate sector.In July 2016, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, The World Economic Forum has invited her to be part of the 25-member Global Future Council on the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security. She formulated the Reciprocal Design Index, in 2013 when she was part of their Global Agenda Council for Design Innovation to establish, document and incentivize sustainable design of cities. She is widely consulted on matters of urban sustainability by several governments and is closely associated with the Chennai Smart City (board of the SPV), as an Independent Director and Urban Expert.She has been recently awarded the “Bene Merenti” (2017) Medallion by The University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania (est. in 1952) and the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research. This award is part of the global acknowledgement she receives for championing the cause of Sustainability in international forums like the World Economic Forum, Global Environment Fund and The UN Habitat III.

Victoria Heilman- Founder and Managing Director of Alama Architecture, Tanzania

Dr. Victoria Marwa Heilman is a registered practicing architect in Tanzania. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Alama Architecture (formerly known as VK Green Architects), a company that she started in 2012 while teaching at Ardhi University’s School of Architecture and Design.

Victoria is passionate about helping communities in need through her knowledge and expertise in architecture. She is the co-founder of Tanzania Women Architects for Humanity (TAWAH), an NGO that works with women and youths to build adequate shelter for poor communities in Tanzania, and served as TAWAH’s chairperson from its inception to 2020. In 2018, she left her academic career to devote more time to TAWAH where she is now managing a number of endeavours, including the women empowerment project at Mhaga Village, Kisarawe District, in the Coastal Region.

Victoria holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Dar es Salaam-UCLAS in Tanzania. Victoria was a Ford Foundation IFP fellow 2004, an Eisenhower Fellow since 2016, a Mama Hope Global Advocate since 2020 and she was nominated as an SDG Innovation Champion for Sustainable Cities and Communities in 2022.

Neelam Manjunath- Principal Architect at Manasaram Architects, Bangalore, India

Neelam Manjunath is an architect, planner, scientist, activist & theoretician with degrees both in Science and Architecture from REI Degree College Dayalbagh, and Government College of Architecture Lucknow respectively. Neelam Manjunath established her firm in 1991 at Bangalore and had been advocating the usage of sustainable materials and technologies since.

Her conviction for using Bamboo as a sustainable material is seen in all her projects. The material’s qualities and features are exploited to its adaptation on several residential and institutional buildings across the country and abroad. Her commendable works have earned her several national and international awards including IIA Dharamastha Manjunatheshwara Award, World Architecture community award, Aga Khan Award for architecture nominee, Arcasia gold medal for a sustainable project, amongst others. She has done Media Architecture and charrette training from Harvard design school and a PG diploma in Theology from Dayalbagh University.

Her strive and passion for Bamboo to bringing it into the mainstream with so many followers will bring a revolution on Sustainable Architecture development.

Shirin Frangoul-Brückner- Managing Director and founding partner of ATELIER BRÜCKNER, Germany

Shirin Frangoul-Brückner, Managing Director and founding partner of ATELIER BRÜCKNER, studied architecture at the universities of Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart. She has worked as an architect since 1994 and in 1997 co-founded ATELIER BRÜCKNER with Uwe R. Brückner. Guided by the principle “making the impossible possible“, she systematically uses her competencies in project acquisition, conception, controlling and realization. As Managing Director she is responsible for positioning the Atelier, which has since developed into one of the world’s leading offices for exhibition design.

Anja Ivana Milić - CEO and Founding Partner at Arhi.pro, Serbia

Anja Ivana Milic, architect and entrepreneur, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Arhi.pro, an international
Design&Build practice based in Serbia, Montenegro and most recently in London, UK. Her personal design philosophy and expertise are present in each project of Arhi.pro’s 20-year-old internationally acknowledged portfolio. Today Arhi. pro employs approximately 200 professionals with more than 100 engineers working in the fields of Architecture and Planning, Structural Design, Interior and Lighting Design, Landscape Design, BIM Services, Construction, and Furniture Design for manufacturing. In parallel to 35 years of her architectural practice made of work in both academia and her private practice, Anja has gained recognition and multiple awards for leading a successful, reliable and sustainable business model for more than two decades. During this time, she co-founded the Association of Women Architects (ŽAD) where she actively promotes and educates about women entrepreneurship, equality and leadership programmers in Architecture. Apart from multiple awards for Commercial/Office Architecture and Interior Design, her socially responsible approach to business, combined with the professional achievements of her practice was recently awarded by the Association of Business Women in Serbia as the most successful woman in business in 2021.
In 2011 Anja was picked as an Ambassador of Women Entrepreneurship as part of the CIP program - Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program organised by the European Union. In 2019 she was chosen as a Serbian representative for EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women in Europe.

Nikita Morell- Copywriting for Architects, Australia

You aren’t boring, so why is your bio? How to write a compelling website biography.

Nikita is a copywriter for only architects and founder of Architects Wordshop. She helps architects communicate their value, so they can get a steady stream of ridiculously good projects. Her mission is to make architecture websites sound less robot, more human.She has studied 663 architecture websites (you can see the results on her website) and sends emails packed with free copywriting tips, templates, and slightly amusing stories.

DISRUPT SYMPOSIUM —

Gives all the women in our industry the tools and knowledge to help prepare for and take advantage of ever-present opportunities. We are here to help you facilitate growth and success, navigating you through any difficulty you might encounter.

ORGANIZER -

SARA KOLATA- ARCHITECT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPER


Sara Kolata is an architect and a digital transformation expert. Her mission is to raise the financial well being of architects. She is a host of an Arch Talk: Tank show which serves as a platform for industry specialists to talk about business, marketing and profitability in Architecture. Sara helps architects develop online businesses and create online courses. She also works as a business developer for medium to large size architecture firms, helping them manage their finances and implement better client attraction strategies.


Her work is a combination of personal coaching, group masterminds, public speaking, and organising and hosting virtual events, seminars, conferences and workshops all focused on helping architects propel their careers forward. Sara lives a nomadic lifestyle, traveling the world and pursuing her various passions for surfing, skydiving, sailing.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -

What is Disrupt?


Am I required to be an architect to attend Disrupt?

Will my ticket give me access to any additional membership, products, or services?

Disrupt is a powerful gathering of extraordinary leaders in the Architecture Industry. The purpose behind it is to share knowledge, trade resources, help refine ideas, provide honest feedback and support architectural entrepreneurs on their journey to achieve success in their careers. The event is organised under the tagline "success leaves clues" and aims to share a blueprint for more efficient practice operations. The participation of world-leading architecture practice gives our participants a peek preview of their business style and decision making, serving as education to those to seek to elevate their current leadership efforts.

You certainly don't have to be a licensed architect to educate yourself about the business of Architecture. If you think you want to launch an architecture practice, or if you are an architect looking to diversify your income sources, this is a place just for you.


If you are working to serve the AEC industry as an architect, engineer, designer, contractor, consultant, manufacturer, AEC media, or any other role within the industry, you are invited to join the symposium.




No. Only lifetime ticket holders will get one month of access to a mastermind program starting Dec 2022. Tickets sold via this website give you access only to the event, however, if you are interested in further opportunities for business growth and success 1:1 business coaching and business development services will be offered to you at the event. You can also reach out to team@disruptsymposium.com for more information.










Is there a limit to participants?

Is attendance required?


How much time will I need to dedicate to Disrupt?


We only limit the number of VIP and Lifetime assembly tickets because we want to make this experience really special for you.







Yes. Attendance is required. Assemblies such as this one are only powerful when all members dedicate themselves to the success of each other.





This is a 3-day event 7 - 10 pm CET each day, featuring 5 experts per day. All sessions are limited to 20 minutes. Dedicating an additional 10 minutes to an interactive Q&A.





Is Disrupt open to international members?


This enrolment for the event is open to any architect working or serving in the World and beyond!






Do I need to be a business or practice owner to attend this event?

No. You do not need to own a business, but it is crucial that you have an interest in the entrepreneurial side of the industry.


Even though we will cover many Practice Operation topics, you don't need to be a practice owner to attend this event. You can be an employer, a student or unemployed. The key is that you want to learn about business and elevate your career in the AEC industry.

Are you GDPR compliant?




Yes, your data is safe with us! The event organiser: Sara Kolata reserves all the rights to your data and to contact you in the future in regards to relevant information related to the services provided by their business.




Do you offer a money-back guarantee?



Yes. As with every product or service in association with Sara Kolata, we offer a money-back guarantee. Join us for the first day of the event, and If you are not completely satisfied, just send us an email within 24 hours of the event launch and we will refund 100% of your money... all of it. No questions asked.

What are my payment options?



Our payment provider is Stripe, we accept all major payment systems: PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and other credit cards. We do not accept cash, cheques or money transfers.



Any further questions?



Chat to us via the chat widget. We are available 8 am- 5 pm CET. If you write to us outside of these working hours we will respond via email at the next possible convenience.





FAQ-

What is Disrupt?


Disrupt is a powerful gathering of extraordinary leaders in the Architecture Industry. The purpose behind it is to share knowledge, trade resources, help refine ideas, provide honest feedback and support architectural entrepreneurs on their journey to achieve success in their careers. The event is organised under the tagline "success leaves clues" and aims to share a blueprint for more efficient practice operations. The participation of world-leading architecture practice gives us participants a peek preview of their business style and decision making, serving as education to those to seek to elevate their current leadership efforts.



Am I required to be an architect to attend Disrupt?


You certainly don't have to be a licensed architect to educate yourself about the business of Architecture. If you think you want to launch an architecture practice, or if you are an architect looking to diversify your income sources, this is a place just for you.

If you are working to serve the AEC industry as an architect, engineer, designer, contractor, consultant, manufacturer, AEC media, or any other role within the industry, you are invited to join the assembly.


Will my ticket give me access to any additional membership, products, or services?


No. Only lifetime ticket holders will get one month of access to a mastermind program starting June 2022. Tickets sold via this website give you access only to the event, however, if you are interested in further opportunities for business growth and success 1:1 business coaching and business development services will be offered to you at the event.



Is there a limit to participants?


We only limit the number of VIP and Lifetime assembly tickets because we want to make this experience really special for you.



Is attendance required?


Yes. Attendance is required. Assemblies such as this one are only powerful when all members dedicate themselves to the success of each other.


How much time will I need to dedicate to Disrupt?


This is a 5-day event 7 - 10 pm CET each day, featuring 5 experts per day. All sessions are limited to 30 minutes. Dedicating an additional 15 minutes to an interactive Q&A.


Is Disrupt open to international members?


This enrollment for the event is open to any architect working or serving in the World and beyond!


Do I need to be a business or practice owner to attend this event?


No. You do not need to own a business, but it is crucial that you have an interest in the entrepreneurial side of the industry.


Even though we will cover many Practice Operation topics, you don't need to be a practice owner to attend this event. You can be an employer, a student or unemployed. The key is that you want to learn about business and elevate your career in the AEC industry.



Are you GDPR compliant?


Yes, your data is safe with us! The event organiser: Sara Kolata and main sponsor: Graphisoft reserves all the rights to your data and to contact you in the future in regards to relevant information related to the services provided by their business.



Do you offer a money-back guarantee?


Yes. As with every product or service in association with Sara Kolata, we offer a money-back guarantee. Join us for the first day of the event, and If you are not completely satisfied, just send us an email within 24 hours of the event launch and we will refund 100% of your money... all of it. No questions asked.



What are my payment options?


Our payment provider is Stripe, we accept all major payment systems: PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and other credit cards. We do not accept cash, cheques or money transfers.



Any further questions?


Chat to us via the chat widget. We are available 8 am- 5 pm CET. If you write to us outside of these working hours we will respond via email at the next possible convenience.