Women Leading Architecture – A Symposium, April 8 - 9


Carol Ross Barney FAIA, Luanne Greene FAIA, LEED AP, Melanie Hennigan AIA, LEED AP, Lisa London AIA LEED AP BD+C, DBIA, Kathryn Prigmore FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

April 8, 2016 - 5:00 PM
ARC 0204

Women Leading Architecture focuses on the stories of contemporary women leaders in the architecture profession. This two-day symposium will highlight the careers of five accomplished female leaders in the profession. The participants will discuss their career paths touching on the important moments that guided them towards leadership positions in both the profession and the community. The speakers will provide insights into how they benefited from mentors and overcame obstacles along their way to assuming leadership roles. They will discuss the challenges of maintaining a critical work-life balance while continuing their arc towards the highest levels in the design professions. The insights imparted here will serve as valuable advice for aspiring leaders in architecture, female and male alike.


Keynote lecture on Friday evening, April 8th at 5:00pm, Architecture Auditorium

Symposium panel on Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 am to 1:00pm, Architecture Auditorium


This symposium is made possible by funding from the following:

  • The Harold L. Adams Practice Leadership Fund
  • The Colden “Coke” Florance Lecture Endowment
  • The Guy Lombardo Memorial Lecture Fund
  • The John Wiebenson Memorial Lecture Endowment
  • The Architecture Program Lecture Fund


Carol Ross Barney FAIA

Founder and President, Ross Barney, Keynote Presenter

Carol Ross Barney is Founder and President of ross barney architects


She and her studio have been dedicated to designing public places and spaces since 1981. From small, community buildings, to campus buildings for premier academic and research institutions, to groundbreaking new transit stations that connect vibrant neighborhoods; her exploration into the power of how architecture improves our lives has produced distinctive structures that have become cultural icons. Her work has an international reputation in the design of institutional and public buildings and has been exhibited and published in national and international journals, books and newspapers and web media. Her building designs have received numerous honors including four Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 40 AIA Chicago Design Awards. Her work has received significant sustainable building awards including two AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project awards, and the Evergreen Award. Carol is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, recognizing excellence in architectural achievement and, in 2015, she received the AIA Illinois Gold Medal. Ross Barney is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Following graduation, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica planning national parks. She currently teaches an advanced Design Studio at IIT and serves on their College Board of Overseers.

Luanne Greene FAIA, LEED AP

President, Ayers Saint Gross, Director, campus planning studio

Luanne Greene is President of Ayers Saint Gross

With more than 30 years as both an architect and planner, she is a strong advocate for smart and sustainable campus planning strategies that address the needs of campus and community. Luanne has worked with numerous colleges and universities across the nation, including: Johns Hopkins University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Carnegie Mellon University; the Ohio State University; and Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, her work has included master plans for mission-driven cultural institutions such as the Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo) and interconnected plans for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and a Pan-Institutional Collections Space.

Melanie Hennigan AIA, LEED AP

President, Grimm + Parker

Melanie Hennigan is President of Grimm + Parker 

She has more than 30 years of architectural design, master planning and interior design experience. Her design expertise includes award winning libraries, K-12 schools, collegiate, cultural, civic, recreation and public safety projects. Working collaboratively with clients and communities, Melanie is well known for listening and learning about each client’s needs and aspirations. Melanie works closely with her design team colleagues at G+P to develop sustainable, award-winning solutions that are custom tailored for each community and client. Her design leadership has helped to guide Grimm + Parker Architects to win more than 160 design awards in the last 26 years. Melanie serves on the State of Maryland Architectural Review Board, having been appointed by Governor O’Malley. She is a past President of the Potomac Valley AIA Chapter and she recently received the Paul Kea Medal, the chapter’s highest honor. Grimm + Parker was the recipient of the IDP Outstanding Firm Award for 2014-2017 by the AIA


President and CEO, Edifice Solutions

Lisa London is President and CEO of Edifice Solutions 


As a senior architect with more than 25 years of cross-disciplinary experience in design, new construction, renovation, historic preservation and sustainability, Lisa provides a broad understanding of the Design | Build environment, its challenges and opportunities. Lisa started Edifice, a SBA 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB/WOSB0) in 2006. Her goal for the company is to deliver cost-effective specialty Design | Build projects of the highest quality to support the missions of clients in the Design | Build sector, while ensuring a safe and efficient workplace for Edifice professionals, support staff and subcontractors. Prior to starting Edifice, Lisa was Director of Construction for the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation of Baltimore, Md., which provided Design | Build renovations of historic Baltimore City buildings. As Vice President of Business Development to The NAHB Research Center, Lisa brought her design and construction program management and consulting expertise to private and public clients. In her program management responsibilities as Vice President of Equity Services at EMG, a real estate due diligence firm, Lisa worked with many public sector and institutional clients.

Kathryn Prigmore FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal and Risk Manager, STUDIOS Architecture

Kathryn Prigmore is Associate Principal and Risk Manager at STUDIOS Architecture.


Kathie provides strategy, leadership and management for Studios, planning and directing STUDIOS’ project objectives and initiatives. She oversees decisions affecting communications, technology and work process, ensuring projects meet their business, design and delivery goals. She joined STUDIOS in 2014, with over 30 years of experience in architecture as a practitioner, educator and regulator. Her experience as a senior leader in the profession makes Kathie uniquely qualified to bring imagination and foresight to the firm and to foster an environment of accountability, excellence, collaboration and innovation among staff. Kathie is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. She has received numerous professional awards and been featured in Architectural Record and other publications. She speaks frequently on practice and ethics and is Trustee of the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.