AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Jason Winters, AIA, a principal with Kezlo Group, will be joining us for our April 20 discussion on The Myth of Work/Life Balance, the third installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register here via AIA|DC).
Jason Winters, AIA, is a founding principal of the architectural design firm Kezlo Group. His professional work has been primarily focused on design in the specialty of healthcare architecture. This area of expertise considers the articulation of the built environment as an opportunity to advance the emotional, social, and physical well-being of its inhabitants. Although this approach originates from extensive research and experience in the healthcare design practice, the work serves as an impetus for addressing multiples facets of our man-made physical environment and the prominent role it plays in all aspects of life. In this context, the relationship and resolution of form, space, and surface seek to capture the healing art of architecture and design while simultaneously creating compelling visuospatial narratives that enhance individual experience.
Jason combines professional practice with a significant connection to architectural education. While practicing architecture full time, Jason has served as an adjunct faculty member at two architecture programs including the University of Maryland School of Architecture Planning and Preservation as well as the Architecture and Interior Design Department at Anne Arundel Community College. He is also a board member of the ACE Annapolis Chapter and an active participant in the local mentor program. Jason is currently serving as the Mid-Atlantic Region Representative to the AIA National Strategic Council.
He shared with the Emerging Architects Committee a few thoughts on finding balance:
A major impetus for starting my own practice centers on the goal to achieve positive work/life balance not only for myself but for our entire organization. Within the practice of architecture in the United States, working models that employ the traditional five day work week from 8 to 5 cannot satisfy the pace and expectations of contemporary design practice. Our deadline-driven professional work environment demands flexibility and fluctuation in time commitment and work investment. With that in mind, our practice works primarily on a ROWE (Result Orientated Work Environment) set by project teams to accommodate client expectations and peak project demands. Although this usually expands the potential working sphere beyond traditional business hours, it also allows maximum flexibility for family and social life during traditional business hours otherwise spent in an isolated office environment.
Within the practice of architecture in the United States, working models that employ the traditional five day work week from 8 to 5 cannot satisfy the pace and expectations of contemporary design practice.
Our work culture is modeled after what Daniel Pink describes in Drive as autonomy, mastery, and purpose. This approach allows individuals within the practice at all levels to define meaning and a sense of contribution in their day-to-day work. In turn, this fulfillment at the level of the individual supplants the false sense of camaraderie often present in the face-to-face working office environment. In my opinion, this work culture is imperative to the success of the ROWE approach and the idea of virtual work environments, working from home (or anywhere), and individually defined work schedules.
Mr. Winters will be joined by:
- Nick Groch, AIA, LEED AP, EIT – Project Manager, Schrader Group Architecture
- Meagan Jancy – Associate Principal and Partner, MTFA Architecture
- John Mansour – Project Manager, HITT Contracting
Moderated by: Rachel Sposa, AIA – MTFA Architecture
WHEN: April 20, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored
About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.