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Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
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Coffee with the Fellows Volume 2, Session 2:

Vivian Lee, FAIA, LEEP AP and Lauren Biltz, AIAS


Coffee with the Fellows is an ongoing series centered around a conversation between one Fellow and one emerging professional, interviewing each other. The podcast-like format allows for the inviting conversation to be live, recorded, and archived as a library of multigenerational design professionals. Coffee with the Fellows has allowed emerging designers to bloom as public speakers and design professionals and has activated Fellows as mentors and storytellers in a new way. The series earned the competitive Emerging Professionals Grant from the AIA National College of Fellows and a grant from the AIA Ohio Foundation, which has allowed Coffee with the Fellows to be shared more widely.

Coffee with the Fellows aims to promote diversity across the profession and elevate the knowledge and expertise of our members. We look forward to you joining the conversation.

Thank You to our Series Partners: AIA College of Fellow + AIA Ohio Foundation

Cost: Free

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Vivian Lee, FAIA, LEED AP

Woods Bagot New York Studio Executive Director

Vivian Lee, FAIA, LEED AP, is the New York Studio Executive Director at Woods Bagot. Her extraordinary pedigree as a designer and leader serves to elevate the studio culture, while her mission to foster sustainability enriches the environment. She champions for equitable practice and advocates for diversity and inclusion in the architectural community. Vivian was elevated to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects in 2020, AIA’s highest honor, in recognition of her design accomplishments and contribution to the profession.

Her strong focus on design, client goals, strategies, and schedules bring value to any project team. So does her diverse, global background, which has granted her a unique perspective in achieving design excellence and delivering dynamic places and spaces that enhance the human experience.

Prior to joining Woods Bagot, Vivian was a principal at Richard Meier & Partners, where she led award-winning projects in Europe, Asia, and the US and was featured in prestigious publications. In her 30-year professional tenure, she has worked in the sectors of mixed-use, hotel, retail, airport, education, residential, and workplace interiors.

She is the Co-Chair of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee, where she mentors young architects and promotes women in leadership and design roles. A frequent speaker, panelist, and juror, she has given talks at universities and conferences around the world. Vivian received her Bachelor in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Summa Cum Laude Master in Architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.


Lauren Biltz, MArch and MBA Graduate Student, AIAS Lauren Biltz is currently enrolled in Kent State University’s dual master’s program working to obtain her Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration degree. She received her Bachelor of Science in architecture this past spring from Kent State University. Lauren has been an active member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) throughout the entirety of her educational career, serving as the executive board Secretary, Committee Chair representative, and current AIA Cleveland Liaison. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Lauren studied abroad in Florence, Italy and has obtained a wide range of professional work experience through a series of internships. Most recently, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). Lauren is a recipient of an AIA Cleveland Student Design Award, Most Inspiring Semester Project Award and Overall Best Studio Project Award, which was selected by program directors from Kent State University’s, CAED for excellence in design and integration. Lauren has a true passion for both design and business and is eager to become a true asset in the design industry in the near future.

Thank You to our Series Partners: AIA College of Fellow + AIA Ohio Foundation