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Sources: Wendy Ornelas, 785-532-5950,; and
Diane Potts, 785-532-1090,
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Friday, April 9, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The increasingly important role of female leaders in the field of architecture will be the topic of an upcoming lecture at Kansas State University.

Architect Kate Schwennsen will present "Women and Leadership in Architecture: You Can't Just Add Women and Stir" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theater.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of Diversity Week at the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

Schwennsen will discuss the current status and challenges to women's leadership in architecture and suggest ways to better develop and retain women leaders in the profession, all to improve the culture of practice for the good of all architects, their collaborators and the clients and publics they serve.

Schwennsen is a professor of architecture and associate dean of the College of Design at Iowa State University. She has served in leadership positions in practice and in international, national and state professional, civic and regulatory organizations. She served as 82nd president of the American Institute of Architects in 2006.