This event is the nineteenth in a series covering different professions. The concept is to have a panel of architects with diversity in their professional profiles who will provide candid views of the profession. Our three panelists represent differing perspectives: an architect who is now working in government and two architects who are running their own firms, but worked in larger companies during their careers.
The panel discussion will be conducted simultaneously in New York City and at Yale, with the panelists and the moderator in New York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. Yale students and alumni are welcome to attend at either location. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a streaming video for those who cannot attend in person.\
Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST
(The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to answer additional questions.)
Locations and Webinar:
New York Location: Shearman & Sterling, Conference Room 2C, 2nd floor,
599 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York
Yale Location: William Harkness Hall 116, Yale University
Webinar: Streaming video
Please register for just one venue (New York, Yale or the Webinar)
- Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?
- How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?
- What are the myths versus the realities?
- What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?
- What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?
- If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?
Everardo Jefferson, AIA, is Principal & Founder of Caples Jefferson Architects PC
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, Director for Policy for the Urban Green Council
Ronnette Riley FAIA, Principal of Ronnette Riley Architect
Moderator and Organizer:
Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners
Everardo Jefferson, AIA
Everardo Jefferson, AIA, is Principal & Founder of Caples Jefferson Architects PC. He has over 29 years of design, management, and construction experience as leader of CJA. Everardo’s buildings, such as Queens Theatre-in-the-Park and Weeksville Heritage Center, have garnered press attention and many awards. In 2015, he served as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, teaching the Bass Studio with Sara Caples and Jonathan Rose.
Laurie Kerr, FAIA
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, is the Director for Policy for the Urban Green Council and a leader in green building and urban sustainability policy. Under Mayor Bloomberg, she was responsible for developing New York City’s signature green building and energy efficiency policies, and for mainstreaming those strategies in ten American cities as the Founding Director of the City Energy Project. She is now advising New York on how to achieve 80% carbon reductions by 2050, which will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. She was a practicing architect prior to entering government service. She is a licensed architect with degrees in engineering, physics and architecture from Yale, Cornell, and Harvard respectively.
Ronnette Riley FAIA
Ronnette Riley FAIA is principal of her eponymous firm established in 1987. After graduating from UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design she spent eight years at the office of Phillip Johnson and John Burgee Architects. She served as Project Architect for the iconic Lipstick Building in Manhattan. Other projects included the Bank of America Center in Houston, 33 Maiden Lane in Manhattan and projects at Johnson’s Glass House estate.
Ronnette’s firm has worked on institutional, corporate, hospitality, retail and residential projects. Most recently, the firm was recognized for master planning efforts associated with the rebuilding and restoration of coastal communities in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Completed projects include 120,000 SF Port Authority of NYNJ offices in New Jersey, the 62,000 SF of new classroom facilities for New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan and several stores for Farrow & Ball.
Ronnette is an active and influential member of the professional design community. She is a member and former Chair of the AIA National Committee on Design and is also an Advisory Board member and current chair of the AIA’s National Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community. She serves on several Boards and committees for charitable organizations, has taught at the School of Visual Arts and is currently an adjunct professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Peter Young (Moderator and Organizer)
Peter Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings.
Prior to founding Young & Partners, Peter was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers, a private equity investor with J.H. Whitney & Co., and a strategy consultant with Bain & Company serving life science and chemical companies. Peter received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
The Series Sponsors
This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including the Yale Office of Career Strategy, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), the Yale School of Management, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).
Previous panels have covered education, non-profit organizations, government, film and drama, internet and data services, entrepreneurism, medical (three times), legal (three times), investment banking (twice), investing (twice), consulting (twice), and a comparison of investing/investment banking/consulting. The series for the 2015-16 academic year covers the medical, legal, architecture, and STEM professions.