WiA Voices

An Evening with Catherine Bird and Betsy Williamson

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September 20, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brought to you by the Women in Architecture

Women in Architecture is pleased to announce a last minute opportunity: WiA Voices, an evening with Catherine Bird and Betsy Williamson. This event is limited to 25 people and registration is required.

Wine and a light dinner will be served followed by a candid discussion with Bird and Williamson on their professional experiences and insights. Held at Houston artist Karin Broker's studio in Independence Heights, guests will also have the opportunity to tour the home and meet the artist.

WiA Voices: Catherine Bird + Betsy Williamson at the Studio of Karin Broker
Wednesday, September 20 |  6p-8p
Open to all WiA Members | $20
Delz Residence (address and details to follow after registration)


Catherine Bird
Principal, Deborah Berke Partners, New York, NY

Catherine Bird began her career at Deborah Berke Partners in 1996 and became a principal in 2013. She contributes to the design of all of the firm’s private residential architecture projects and she also leads the firm’s work in landscape design. Catherine received her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. She has an interest in the intersection of understanding how people live, and how the smallest details of architecture and design can matter as much as the big picture.

Betsy Williamson
OAA FRAIC, Williamson Williamson, Toronto Canada

Betsy Williamson is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). She has developed expertise in detail clarity and creative solutions balanced by focused project management skills. Betsy received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Architecture from Barnard College.  Her office’s work has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York.  Betsy was also named a finalist for the Architects’ Journal 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. Betsy is also a tireless advocate for equality in the profession. With a group of like-minded architects, she founded and professionally advises BEAT, Building Equality in Architecture Toronto.


Karin Broker

Karin Broker creates art that deals with the experience of being a woman, referencing topics such as “bad boyfriends, quirky family problems, death, and that ever-marching ticking of time called aging.” Drawing and printmaking are at the center of her work; she creates monoprints and lush works in conté on formica panels that recall the floral still life paintings of the Dutch Old Masters. Broker also works in three dimensions, creating hand-etched steel furniture and wunderkammer-like sculptures embellished with rhinestones. Woven within her imagery is a narrative related to feminist history. The artist includes text citations of names and historical events to call to mind gender stereotypes and themes of femininity, beauty, and loss. Her solo exhibition "damn girls" at McClain Gallery in 2014 was anchored by nine monumental floral still lifes drawings on formica.