Five stars from Shooting GENJI author Richard Voorhees

Location, location, location + discrimination     Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect is an eye-opening memoir—and a call to action—by architect, author, fiber artist, and activist, Wendy Bertrand. It is historically significant and offers a sharp critique … Continue reading

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Organization of Women Architects Symposium:Gender Matters

OWA 40 Year symposium wendy_bertrand_poster_webSaturday April 13, 2013 Wurster Hall UC Berkeley

Starts at 9:00am with speakers, lunch, exhibit, books and reception
Open to the public (pay on line or at the door  owa-usa.org)

Annemarie Adams McGill
Eleni Bastea New Mexico
Lori Brown Syracuse

Organized by Mui Ho & team.

On left is my poster for the exhibit.

 

I will be there with my books along with books by OWA author Inge Horton, Professor G. Cranz and the  symposium speakers

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Speaking at The Green Arcade Bookstore

Wendy Bertrand speaking March 28, 2013 at The Green Arcade Bookstore

Wendy Bertrand speaking March 28, 2013 at The Green Arcade Bookstore

 

 

 

 

The Green Arcade     1680 Market Street at Gough in SF

Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect is Wendy Bertrand’s thought-provoking memoir.  A licensed architect, Bertrand received her degree from UC Berkeley in 1972, a time when only 3 percent of architects were female. Her book is a prime example of “social history,” chronicling the experiences of a working single mother on a mission to thrive in her chosen field—both personally and professionally—despite all odds. It is especially interesting because of Bertrand’s acute awareness of social impact in building design, and her lifelong commitment to social equity within her profession. www.thegreenarcade.com

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Speaking at OWA – EastBay AIA joint meeting

TUESDAY   February 12, 2013 at 6pm                          The Public is Welcome
Memoirs About Place

East Bay AIA Office
1405 Clay St Oakland, CA 94612
Phone 510 464-3600

Wendy Bertrand, architect/author with Clare Cooper Marcus, well-known landscape architect/educator/author will be speaking about, reading from, and discussing from their careers and memoirs:

Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place (Nicolas Hays, Inc, Lake Worth FL, 2010) www.ionadreaming.com
Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect (Eyeonplace Press, San Francisco, CA, 2012) www.youtube.com/user/enamoredwithplace

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Review by Zara Raab: Professional & Domestic Designs

Review by Zara Raab in Professional & Domestic Designs for The Mirror of the Mechanics’ Institute Library:

September 2012 Excerpt:
“The young Bertrand, recently graduated from Berkeley’s architectural degree program, soon begins a long career in government, overseeing architectural projects for the Navy, while all the time single-handedly raising her daughter. So her daughter can attend the French-American Bilingual School in San Francisco, Bertrand buys a charming, weathered “Workers’ Victorian” on a steep hill in San Francisco in 1975, calling it her maisonette. Bertrand is passionate, throwing herself into both her career and maisonette on 27th Street, with its vistas of the Bay and East Bay hills. From the moment she moves in, this house becomes one of two true loves of her life. (The second is a cabin in Gasquet in remote Northern California.) “I slowly engaged in a tenderly curious acquaintance with my living space,” Bertrand writes, “exploring the limitations and opportunities” of the space, as “preening and nesting became an integral part” of her San Francisco life [207]. Bertrand pays attention to her space as she might to a lover or as a mother attends her child. Like any artist, she undertakes the house in large part because she sees its possibilities. “How could I hold on to the house’s century-old character while still making the place contemporary? “What could be done to catch the country feeling in the city—with modesty and elegance?” [210].”

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