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Why do women architects matter? How do career and human life cycles intersect, interfere, and inform each other? What has been your experience as a woman in architecture? What obstacles have you overcome, or not? How are you living your vision for the future? We invite you to explore these questions and more…


Carol Mancke, Jury Chair

  • Director, Machina Loci 
  • Licensed architect (California, Japan, UK)
  • Senior Lecturer and Course Director, Kingston University, (2004-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor: USF, (2016-2018)
  • M.Arch, UC Berkeley

An architect and educator of architects, Carol has enjoyed a varied career in four countries and now noodles away at the intersection of fine art and human habitats.

She is the founding director of the art and architecture collaborative practice Machina Loci and runs Machina Loci Space, a place for playful research into alternative ways of being, thinking, and doing together in Berkeley California.


Wendy was raised by a single working mother in San Diego County. She attended public schools before traveling around the world for a year.  In 1962, she moved to France, studied French, and enrolled in L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She returned to California, with her 16-month old daughter IN 1967, to complete her architectural degree at UC Berkeley in 1972, focusing on social factors. 

Influenced by the women’s movement she immediately tried to incorporate women’s issues into her class assignments and became active in launching the Organization of Women Architecture. Soon after, Bertrand entered the Federal Service, earned her license (1978), and experienced a pioneering career as an Architectural Manager (Navy and Forest Service), which motivated her to increase the public’s awareness of women’s lives by writing her memoir: Enamored With Place: As Woman + As Architect (Eye On Place Press, 2012).

Ms. Bertrand’s creative practices include the fiber arts, particularly weaving carpets with designs that reflect her concerns for different futures on a global scale.


Katharine earned a joint Masters’s in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She has more than 30 years of professional architecture experience, working in a variety of architecture firms primarily in design roles in projects as diverse as the monkey house for the San Francisco Zoo, new elementary and middle campuses, and high school performing arts centers among others. In the last ten years, she has been working as a consultant to area firms. Ten of the projects for which she has been the project designer have either won design awards or been published professionally.

She has also taught as a Graduate Instructor at the School of Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Art for 7 years. In addition to her professional work, Katharine has been involved in the community including the Santa Rosa Design Review Board, the Santa Rosa Art in Public Places Committee, the AIARE Board, and the Habitat for Humanity East Bay Board and Family Selection Committee.

Katharine enjoys dividing her time between work, art, and family, including being a grandparent.


Ken is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Oshima served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2016-18 and has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught at Columbia University.  From 2003-5, he was a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in London.               

His publications include Kiyonori Kikutake: Between Land and Sea (2016), Architecturalized Asia (2013), GLOBAL ENDS: towards the beginning (2012), International Architecture in Interwar Japan: Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku (2009) and Arata Isozaki (2009).   He curated “Tectonic Visions Between Land and Sea: Works of Kiyonori Kikutake” (Harvard GSD, 2012), “SANAA: Beyond Borders” (Henry Art Gallery 2007-8), and was co-curator of “Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive” (MoMA, 2017) and “Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noemi Raymond” (UPenn, UCSB, Kamakura Museum of Modern Art, 2006-7).


Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and has over 25 years of experience facilitating multi-disciplinary workshops between participants of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses.

She has dedicated her practice to bringing diversity and equity in design, art, and architecture and is co-founder and co-director of Pathways to Equity, a leadership experience that brings public interest design and self-reflective practice together to support responsible social impact design practice. She is the founder and principal of Public Design for Equity, an equity-driven practice for equity-driven outcomes, and founder of and FIELD (Forum for Inclusive and Equitable Leadership Diversity) Design Network, which supports a new generation of women of color in public interest design.

Shalini has overseen all community-based programs and partnerships as Director of the Center for Art + Public Life at the California College of the Arts and is an Associate Professor in Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts.


Christina is an architectural designer, currently practicing in Oakland, California with a focus on affordable, publicly funded housing projects in the Bay Area with more than 10 years of design experience. As the daughter of an engineer, Christina has always been curious about exploring the world of systems design. She attended public school where she studied photography, music, and sculpture, exploring how to merge her creative tendencies with her technical approach to solutions.

Born and raised in New York, she studied Graphic Communications, Computer Science, Design Theory, and Art History at public university, engaging in a community design-based curriculum. In 2010, she spent the summer in Copenhagen, Denmark immersed in the Danish culture, while studying with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad’s Design & Society Program. During graduate school, she led her local non-profit, student-run AIAS Chapter Board of Directors, dedicated to advancing leadership, design, and service among architecture students. In 2015, she was an instructor’s assistant at Ruth Asawa, San Francisco School of the Arts, for the inaugural semester of their Architecture & Design Department. Her work now specializes in construction detailing and design.

Christina can also be found working on her farmer’s tan, experimenting with seeding new fruits and vegetables in her ever-expanding backyard garden, in the kitchen, keeping her baking skills sharp or hitting the pavement for a run or bike ride through the Oakland Hills.