Spotlight Lecture: In Conversation with Zena Howard and Deborah Ryan



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In Conversation with Zena Howard and Deborah Ryan

In conjunction with Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement, the Bechtler welcomes Zena Howard, Principal and Managing Director for North Carolina at Perkins&Will, and Deborah Ryan, registered landscape architect and Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as they touch on the life and legacy of Lina Bo Bardi and Isaac Julien’s nine-screen film installation that animates some of her most iconic buildings. Howard and Ryan will bring their years of experience, professional challenges and joys, and insightful commentary on art and architecture to share in this lively discussion. 

Get to know Zena Howard

Zena Howard, Principal and Managing Director for North Carolina at Perkins&Will. Howard has been integral in developing and realizing Remembrance Design™, an urban and architectural design process that engages historically under-served and negatively impacted communities to redress painful issues, bridge diverse experiences, inspire resilient communities, and infuse culture into projects. She is a founding member of Perkins&Will’s global Diversity and Inclusion Council, and by example and through advocacy and mentoring, she advances diversity within the architecture profession, a field where minority and women professionals are historically under-represented. Her career has been defined by visionary, complex, and culturally-significant projects, such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., that navigate social issues of equity and justice, restoring lost cultural connections by honoring history and memory.

Get to know Deborah Ryan

Deborah Ryan is a registered landscape architect and a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Ryan is the first woman to achieve the rank of full Professor in Architecture at UNCC, and she is a thought leader in innovative community engagement techniques. She has published and lectured widely on the subject at state, national and international gatherings and led the civic engagement process for numerous projects across North Carolina. Her professional work in Charlotte is far-reaching and includes the UNCC Urban Open Space Study that led to $54M in funding for Romare Bearden Park and the designation of First Ward Park, and Charlotte’s South Tryon Master Plan (STAMP) that contributed to the design of the Levine Center for the Arts. Her work has earned her recognition locally, nationally, and internationally from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Open Space Leadership Institute, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Institute of Landscape Architects, to name only a few.


This virtual lecture is free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 23. Registrants will receive a link for the program in their confirmation email.

This Spotlight Lecture will take place on Zoom.

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