Dattner Architects’ Brandon Wang and Pascale Baladi were invited and engaged participants at the inaugural METROPOLIS Arch 30 program, which recognizes the next generation of leadership in architecture. Collaborating with leading design firms in select cities, METROPOLIS identifies top talent under the age of 30 that share a commitment to sustainability and knowledge sharing. Each group meets for a workshop led by the magazine’s editors, followed by networking opportunities with program partners.
Avi Rajagopal, editor in chief, and Verda Alexander, editor at large, were workshop facilitators. They “encouraged the young leaders in architecture to think about the challenges they face at work, how to find the support they need, and how to identify and pursue purposeful work.” Pascale and Brandon found the evening energizing and the interactive experience connecting with peers, exchanging insights, and sharing thoughts about leadership, sustainability, and architecture practices at their respective workplaces incredibly valuable.
“It is an honor to have been nominated for METROPOLIS’ inaugural Arch30 Event and to have the chance to connect with many like-minded young professionals who are eager to learn and push the industry forward with ambition, innovation, and camaraderie. I came out of it feeling empowered to be part of such a capable generation of architects, who simultaneously have become a peer support network.” – Pascale Baladi