February UDF - National Museum of African American History and Culture Featuring Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

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February UDF - National Museum of African American History and Culture Featuring Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP

Join us for our February UDF where Zena Howard, senior project manager of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will give her presentation “Design for Culture – expressing the story in built form.”

Program Timeline:

11:15am: Doors
11:45am: Introduction of Speaker
12:00pm: Zena Howard - “Design for Culture – expressing the story in built form”
12:45pm: Q+A
 
Boxed lunches available for purchase at the Frist Cafe during the event.  No pre-order required.
 

 

About the Presentation

Throughout history, many of the most inspiring and important environments have been cultural facilities and destinations. Our work includes iconic buildings, such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but also transcends the boundaries of distinct building-focused projects to inform and embrace the creation of places where learning and sharing are a continuous and integral part of the user experience. We imbue the public spaces, landscapes and buildings we design with meaning and discernable links to the communities they serve by melding historical, social and physical contexts with powerful, forward-thinking design. Ultimately, the goal is to energize the public realm while engaging and inspiring those who inhabit these spaces.

About the Speaker

Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP

Zena Howard is a Principal and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. An award-winning architect, strategist, mentor and team builder, Zena is known for her success leading visionary, complex, and culturally-significant projects including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, several libraries for Durham County in Durham, NC, the Anacostia and Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Libraries in Washington, DC, the Motown Museum Expansion in Detroit, MI, and the New Brooklyn Village development initiative in Charlotte, NC.

She is also Managing Principal and Lead Facilitator for the City of Vancouver Hogan’s Alley initiative and the City of Greenville Town Common Sycamore Hill project. Zena is helping these and other clients envision and create cultural destinations that will celebrate the history and context of displaced, forgotten communities.

Zena is an advocate for diversity within the architecture profession, a field where minority and women professionals are historically under-represented. She is a founding member of Perkins+Will’s Diversity + Inclusion Council, and associate professor of architecture at North Carolina State University College of Design.

A North Carolina native, Zena earned her undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. She has lectured at multiple institutions including MIT, Howard University, Mississippi State University, Louisiana Tech University, Tuskegee University, University of Washington, and Tulane University.  She served on the North Carolina State Capitol Foundation Board and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. public service sorority.

 

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203