I Was Asked To Stand


I Was Asked To Stand

April 22, 2024
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

16 W. 61st St., 11th Floor Auditorium and Online
New York, NY

Student Led Event

"I Was Asked to Stand" is a unique discussion that empowers the audience to engage in the dismantling of injustice by highlighting the disparity of lack of representation, documentation, and acknowledgment of the great works of diverse (Women and BIPOC) designers and architects.

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Dean Maria Perbellini

Dean, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design

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Introduction of Students

Anthony Caradonna

Associate Dean, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design

Caradonna currently serves as the New York Tech School of Architecture and Design Associate Dean, Student Success & Engagement. He is a New York state registered architect, interdisciplinary designer, artist and educator living and working in New York City. He is principal of OPUS XLLC, an awarding winning, international, interdisciplinary, collaborative design studio.

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He holds two utility patents, has been published widely and has received numerous design awards. OPUS XLLC projects span from utility patented designs to objects, games, lighting systems, furniture, murals, photography, videos, as well as residential and commercial interiors, architecture and urban scaled projects. He is also founder and director of OPUS Project Space which exhibits and supports interdisciplinary projects, artists and designers.

He arrived at New York Tech from Pratt Institute where he served the Undergraduate Architecture Program for twenty-five years as a faculty member and administrator. As Chair of the undergraduate architecture department, he led the program to a 9th national ranking in 2007. In pursuit of his interdisciplinary approach, he also served as Interior Design Chair at the Art Institute of NYC from 2010-14. His interdisciplinary design research focuses on expanding the frontiers of sustainable applications and futures for thin film material technologies. His academic administrative mission is to provide leadership in creative and professional endeavors, through a holistic approach to team and individual achievement, in advancing learning, and mentoring leaders in innovation, excellence and resilient community in the allied art and design fields.

Introduction of Speaker

Elise Park

Student, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design

Elise Park is a fourth year B.Arch student at New York Tech School of Architecture and Design. She currently serves as president of NOMAS NYIT Long Island and has held multiple leadership positions in NOMAS and the AIAS throughout the years, in addition to founding the first nationally recognized NOMAS chapter on the Long Island campus of New York Tech.

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She was also one of thirteen selected for the 2023 NOMA Future Faces Fellowship cohort, a fellowship dedicated to advancing minority presence and licensure in the professional workforce and contributed to important ongoing research at a top firm.

Elise is passionate about urban design and its implications and importance in affordable housing and aims to focus her future on the research and teachings of these important topics.

Question & Answer Moderation

Sherell Rabsatt

Student, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design

Sherell Rabsatt is a dynamic leader at NOMAS, driven by a dual passion for creativity and mental health advocacy. With a flair for hands-on activities, she infuses the club with interactive events that engage members and foster a sense of community.

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Beyond architecture, Sherell is deeply committed to raising awareness about mental health, recognizing its importance in a demanding field like architecture. Through innovative initiatives and open dialogue, she strives to destigmatize mental health challenges and promote self-care within the NOMAS community. Sherell Rabsatt embodies a vision where creativity and well-being go hand in hand, inspiring others to prioritize their mental health while pursuing their passions.

Pascale Salblan


Pascale Sablan

Chief Executive Officer, Adjaye Associates, New York Studio, Founder Beyond the Built Environment LLC, NOMA Global President

Meet Pascale Sablan, a visionary architect renowned for her transformative impact on the built environment. As Chief Executive Officer at Adjaye Associates, New York Studio, Pascale both leads the office and contributes significantly to major international projects. She stands out as the 315th living African-American woman registered architect in the U.S., embodying excellence, innovation, and sustainability in her practice.

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Pascale is not only an accomplished architect but also an activist dedicated to addressing disparities in her field. She founded Beyond the Built Environment, empowering women and BIPOC designers. As the Global President of the National Organization of Minority Architects, she's a trailblazer, being the fifth woman to hold this position in the organization's 52-year legacy.

Pascale's advocacy has earned her prestigious accolades, including the Architectural League 2021 Emerging Voices award and the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. Inducted into the AIA College of Fellows, she's the youngest African American to receive this honor in its 167-year history. Pascale has received grants from the Graham Foundation and the Architects Foundation for her research and exhibitions.

Her influence extends globally, with lectures at institutions like RIBA, the United Nations, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Described as a "powerhouse woman" in the media, her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, and Forbes, and she was recognized by Oprah's Future Rising platform.

Pascale has a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master of Science from Columbia University.

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