Odd Mondays at Folio Books 3957 24th Street in Noe Valley March 9, 2015 Odd Monday at 7pm Wendy Bertrand: Enamored with Place: As Woman and as Architect Wendy will be in conversation with writers: Kathy Dalle-Molle and the Senders
TUESDAY March 5
Writing Women’s Lives
MAIN LIBRARY All programs at the Library are free.
100 Larkin Street Latino/Hispanic Community Room A lower level
The Art, Music and Recreation Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents:
San Francisco architect and author Wendy Bertrand will read from her newly published memoir, Enamored With Place: As Woman + As Architect, (Eye On Place Press, 2012), and will discuss the importance of women’s voices in documenting social history.
Her memoir chronicles her experiences as a single mother on a mission to thrive, both personally and professionally. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Architecture (1971) and a Master of Architecture (1972), after study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Bertrand graduated at a time when only 3% of registered architects in the U.S. were female. She practiced architecture mainly with the U.S. Navy. She is a founding member of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals. Her feminist values and concern for social justice have informed her design and management decisions, as well as her vision for the future of the profession.
FRIDAY January 25, 2013 at 7pm
Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay General Audience Welcome
Check out www.youtube.com/user/enamoredwithplace
Lively event with lots of discussion at the Half Moon Bay Library
Through the Eyes of Women radio program interviewing by Kathleen Marschall of Wendy Bertrand about her memoir, Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect khsu.org, click the program Through the Eyes of Women, then audio archives for December 10, … Continue reading
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 . 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?” .”