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She Builds Podcast w/ Norgerie, Jessica & Elizabeth

This week’s episode features a conversation with Jessica, Elizabeth (Lizi), and Norgerie of She Builds Podcast. Their podcast features the seldom-told stories of women who build; women whose worth is not taught in schools, but who have shaped the industries of architecture, construction, and development over the last century. They started the podcast after architecture school basically to help fill in the gaps in their education.  You’ll have to listen to the episode to get the full story but let’s just say I’m glad they accepted the challenge.

There are so many amazing tangents and connections that we discuss in this episode.  From Lina Bo Bardi to Florence Nightingdale to the Founders behind the Knoll furniture line. You’re in for a treat!

Building HighlightMuseu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand designed by Lina Bo Bardi in Brazil.

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Bios: She Builds Podcast is a podcast featuring the seldom-told stories of women who build; women whose worth is not taught in schools, but who have shaped the industries of architecture, construction, and development over the last century. The podcast was started by three friends who, after graduating from architecture school together, wanted to fill in the gaps in their education and share those with others.

Elizabeth Raar, RA, NCARB, Project Architect, Polsky Perlstein Architects – Larkspur, Californiais a licensed Project Architect, originally from West Michigan, who graduated from Syracuse University. Currently, she works for Polsky Perlstein Architects in Marin County, California on single-family residential projects. She enjoys making a project functional yet beautiful for the client. 

Elizabeth is also committed to promoting women in the AEC profession through co-hosting “She Builds Podcast”. On the podcast, they feature stories of women in history who have shaped the built environment and industry. Elizabeth loves sharing stories of women who haven’t been showcased in the past, in the hopes that women will play a more equal part in future architectural history.

Jessica Rogers Assoc. AIA, Content Creator & Host, She Builds Podcast, Miami, FL – is a content creator based in her hometown of Miami, Florida. Jessica attended Design and Architecture Senior High, a magnet art school in Miami’s design district. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, where she also served as treasurer and historian for her NOMAS chapter.

Jessica has spent over four years working at the National Headquarters of the American Institute of Architects. At the AIA, she managed and developed EDI-related programming and resources for emerging professionals and women in the profession. She continues this charge as the co-host of She Builds Podcast, elevating women in the AEC industry through storytelling.

Norgerie Rivas, Architectural Associate, eStudio Architecture – Houston, Texas – is an Architectural Associate from Puerto Rico who graduated from Syracuse University, where she served in the council of the Architecture Students Organization. Today she works for eStudio Architecture in Houston, Texas. There she has worked on commercial, healthcare, aviation, and retail architecture projects from design through construction. 

She is passionate about celebrating and elevating women in her field through mentorship and advocacy. This led to her co-founding and co-hosting “She Builds Podcast”, featuring the stories of women who have shaped the industries of building design and construction throughout history and today. Norgerie hopes to share the stories of women in the AEC industry and to inspire future, new, and experienced people in the profession.

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