Women and Leadership in Design

Join us for CMG’S third salon, an evening of honest conversation focusing on Women and Leadership in Design!

This event will bring together landscape architects, architects and urban designers to discuss how we can create more equitable design practices, and the bold professional model firms are developing to support the growth of women leaders.

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Karen Alschuler  |  Consulting Principal, Perkins + Will

Karen Alschuler is always busy: Serving as a global principal of Perkins+Will available across the firm to Perkins+Will’s 125 urban designers in 10 offices, chairing the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board and expanding her regional and national commitment to social justice.

As a leader of SMWM’s woman-owned collaborative architecture and urban design practice, and as a planner and urban designer at two great global architecture firms SOM and Perkins+Will, she brings a celebrated portfolio along with deep experience in team-building.  Signature award-winning projects include Boston’s Central Artery Corridor, Mission Rock, Treasure Island, Mission Bay, Panama Pacifico, and The Yards in Washington DC.

Leadership on numerous civic panels and boards includes: Urban Land Institute, AICP Fellow, and CREW in NY, Boston and SF along with BCDC.


Laura Crescimano  |  Co-founder / Principal, SITELAB Urban Studio

Laura Crescimano is a co-founder and leader of SITELAB urban studio. Laura’s work investigates the social and political power of space. Designing both processes and places, Laura’s projects range from Pier 70, where she led a multidisciplinary team through the design and community process for a 35-acre mixed-use waterfront development in a historic industrial district in San Francisco, to leading the design for Google’s first proposed mixed-use neighborhood located at their headquarters in Mountain View, to designing Pop-up Care Villages for the homeless services non-profit Lava Mae to help them provide mobile showers as well as “radical hospitality.”

Laura serves on San Francisco Waterfront Design Advisory Committee and from 2010-2012, on the Board of Directors for AIA San Francisco.


Cinda Gilliland  |  Principal and President, Reed Gilliland

For more than 20 years Cinda Gilliland has brought strong conceptual ideas, and a highly attuned eye for design and art to projects ranging from academic and mixed-use projects to community parks in the United States, China, and India. Her life-long interests in art, agriculture and the environment brought her to landscape architecture after years as an artist and small business entrepreneur.  As her career has progressed an underlying theme of using design and the infectious energy of human creativity to catalyze social change and community cohesiveness has emerged.  Of late she has returned to the entrepreneurial world, in 2016 forming Reed Gilliland, in part as a vehicle for exploring the meanings and applications of being a feminist and a designer.


Akiko Ono  |  Associate, Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Akiko Ono leads design projects at Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in CA. Originally hailing from Japan with degrees in Comparative Cultures and Architectural History, Akiko decided to pursue landscape architecture as a medium for working “in-between” – between theory and practice, nature and culture, Japanese and other cultures. Akiko has 17 years of experience working on international and local projects at scales both detailed and geographic, and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley.





Allison Arieff  |  Editorial Director, SPUR AND contributing columnist to the New York Times

Allison Arieff is Editorial Director of SPUR. She recently published “Where Are All the Female Architects?” in the New York Times, where she has been a contributing columnist since 2006