This episode features Sarah Lorenzen, professor and former chair of the architecture department at Cal Poly Pomona, partner at TOLO (formerly Peter Tolkin Architecture), Resident Director at the Neutra VDL House in Silverlake, and recently elected Director to the Board of Directors at AIA|LA.
Sarah speaks about her education and background in architecture as an alumnus of Smith College, Atlanta College of Art (BFA), Georgia Tech (M.Arch), and SCI-Arc (M.Arch, MR+D) and took a one-year sabbatical at TU Delft in the Netherlands. She brings all these experiences in education to her teaching and practice, and was awarded Educator of the Year by AIA|LA in 2015. She talks about her various roles and accomplishments, such as guiding the semester conversion process in the architecture department, to opening the VDL House to regular tours, which raised funds for major restorations to the building. Sarah also speaks about her background in scenario planning and how that has helped her as a designer and leader. Sarah is a champion of feminism, and we discuss her role as an advocate in the industry.
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