UVA Clubs

National Museum of African American History and Culture Reception & Panel Discussion

Please join the UVA Clubs program
and the University of Virginia School of Architecture
for a reception and panel discussion
on the design, construction, and collections
of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

                                                      Featured speakers include:                                                     

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Zena Howard
(ARC ’88)
Rodrigo Abela
(ARC ’99, ’00)
Courtney Spearman
(ARC ’05, ’06)
Architect Landscape Architect Moderator


UVA Club of Richmond

Wednesday, May 24th
6:00 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion

Admission: $10

Branch Museum of Architecture
and Design
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

UVA Club of Washington, DC

Thursday, May 25th
6:00 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion

Admission: $10

National Museum of Women
in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

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About our speakers:

Rodrigo Abela (ARC ’99, ’00)
Rodrigo Abela is the principal in charge of GGN’s Washington, DC office and is currently responsible for handling the majority of GGN’s east-coast projects. His award-winning work is recognized for its striking clarity in form, materials, and purpose. Rodrigo’s design work has been focused in urban centers around the country at a variety of scales and is informed both with a thoughtful incorporation of the human experience and clear understanding of the fabrication and construction process.

Rodrigo holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Zena Howard (ARC ’88)
Zena Howard has more than 25 years of experience with private and public institutions, museum and cultural facilities, libraries, and higher education facilities. Her experience focuses on clients with specialized and/or unique design goals such as environmentally sensitive artifact exhibit areas, environmentally and spatially sensitive spaces for autistic children, historically and culturally significant buildings and locations, and sustainable design in pursuit of LEED® certification and other high performance building goals.

Zena earned her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Courtney Spearman (ARC ’05, ’06)
Courtney Spearman manages the Design program for the National Endowment for the Arts, overseeing the NEA’s relationship with and support for the Design field across the country and managing the Art Works Design grant program. Trained as a landscape architect and architectural historian, Courtney came to the NEA after working for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a DC-based non-profit focused on raising awareness about design landscapes. She has also worked in practice at EDAW/AECOM in Alexandria, Virginia. Before returning to graduate school, Courtney worked for a small tech start-up in Houston and London doing project management and development, and for several Houston museums and art galleries.

Courtney earned master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and bachelor’s degrees in History and Art and Art History from Rice University.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Mabel Wilson will no longer be able to participate in this panel discussion.

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