WOMEN'S POWER HOUR: Happy Hour + Raffle + Films + Panel Discussion

We're hosting a soiree, and you should come!

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Friday, August 24, 2018
3-5p: Happy hour + raffle
5-6p: Films focused on female architects and designers
6-6:30p: Panel discussion

The Broad Theater
636 N Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA

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The 3rd annual Architecture & Design Film Fest: New Orleans presents WOMEN'S POWER HOUR - Empowering women, networking professionals and educating the public on women’s compelling works in architecture and design.

Open to men and women alike.


A series of short films featuring:
1.) BARBARA SATUFFACHER SOLOMON: VISIONS NOT PREVIOUSLY SEEN :: The graphic artist fused Swiss modernism with an iconic and bold California pop aesthetic to create the design phenomena known as Supergraphics. (15 MIN)
2.) UNKNOWN NEW YORK - THE CITY THAT WOMEN BUILT :: Reveals the secrets of this once-anonymous city, introducing us to the women of Gotham whose legacy envelops us today. (19 MIN)
3.) THE FIVE CIRCLES :: Led by a woman-head architecture firm, depicts the construction of a spectacular building in the center of Copenhagen, and breaking bounds of creative freedom. (34 MIN)


How have you paved your path in your field?  What methods have been effective again challenges?  What innovations are you excited about?  How have you kept excited about your career?  What advice do you give women?

DR. AMANDA GARCIA, Director of Digital Design and Professor of Practice at the Tulane School of Professional Advancement. Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a research focus on Socially Responsible Design in Higher Education.
KELLY LONGWELL, Director at Coats|Rose Attorneys. She concentrates in the areas of real estate, affordable housing and taxation.
MARIANNE GRAFFAM, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, Architect at Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects. City organizer for PechaKucha nights in New Orleans, and hosts inspirational speaker events around the cityPaula Peer, AIA, NCARB.
URSULA EMERY MCCLURE, FAAR, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect at emerymcclure architecture. A. Hays Town Professor in the LSU School of Architecture. Named on List of “13 Innovative Female Architects Around the World”


While a ticket is required for admission to the films + panel discussion, the raffle is open to the public. Raffle slips may be purchased during happy hour, 3-5pm. Drink, slip, and enjoy a happy hour among your peers. 

First drink FREE thanks to our First Drink Sponsor: DIRTT Environmental Solutions




Author: Kelly L. Calhoun, MPS, LREC

Three years ago, while completing my Master of Preservation Studies (MPS) degree at Tulane University, Stacey Pfingsten, newly appointed Executive Director of AIA Louisiana's advocacy organization, Louisiana Architecture Foundation (LAF), hired me as her intern.  It is astonishing that Stacey is new to this role.  In her four years in New Orleans, she has met nearly the majority of architects, historic preservationists and designers in the region, not to mention countless business owners and directors.  Vivacious and all tuned-in, Stacey had big dreams for LAF, and I was her first teammember.    

Stacey wanted LAF to break grounds of common advocacy events, to host an event never-before seen in this part of Louisiana.  She was then inspired to the idea that LAF could host the nationally-acclaimed Architecture & Design Film Festival here in Louisiana.  ADFF, head-quartertered in New York, had collected large crowds in many other U.S. cities along the west coast, east coast and midwest, but it had not yet been hosted anywhere in the southeast/Gulf Coast region.  Stacey realized that this was LAF's opportunity to host an event that would bring large-scale attention to the organization and the region. 

We are now entering the 3rd annual Architecture & Design Film Festival: New Orleans.

Each year, the ADFF:NOLA board aspires to improve the films lineup, speakers and special events in hopes that we continually make this event one that people enjoy coming to. 

The Women's Power Hour emerged from the ideas of its 5 hosts: Louisiana Architecture Foundation, Calhoun Preservation, Designing Women of Acadiana, AIGA New Orleans and Women in Architecture, New Orleans. 

What began as a happy hour, grew into a multi-faceted event that includes a first-drink sponsor, raffle of 10 art and designs from local artisans, 3 short films dedicated to women in design and a panel discussion with 4 panelists: successful and influential women in the field. 

What is the festival about?  From the words of ADFF, "With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design."

I dedicate this blog to Stacey Pfingsten, who is prime example of the power that women have in this industry.  She creates a world you want to be in and makes a difference.  This unique festival could not have happened without the hard work, dedication and endless hours Stacey Pfingsten has spent delegating, taking meetings, editing, planning and negotiating to make this festival work in New Orleans.