Creators and innovators share leadership strategies at A’19’s closing keynote

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"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"But first, Mars and fellow producer Avery Trufelman presented\na "],[0,[0],1,"99% Invisible "],[0,[],0,"episode on Paul\nRevere Williams, the first architect of color to be accepted as a member of AIA\nand the first to receive the AIA Gold Medal. Williams was one of the most\nprolific architects of his time, helping to create what would come to be known\nas the Hollywood style. Despite the adversity he faced in getting hired, and\nthe eventual reality of having to work around white people\u2019s discomfort with\nhim once he was well-established, today his legacy is inseparable from the\nbuilt environment of Los Angeles. Williams\nset an example for many architects that came after him because of his\ndetermination to overcome differences and connect with people, much like these\nindividuals who took the stage at A\u201919. "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[1],1,"Ayla Abiad, Assoc.\nAIA, on organizing efforts to magnify impact "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA, came to the United States from Syria\nto pursue a graduate degree in sustainable architecture at the University of\nBuffalo. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, she watched the events\nunfold from halfway across the world with increasing concern. Feeling compelled\nto take action to help the Syrian immigrants who started arriving in her own\ncommunity, she founded the Build a Bridge (BAB) Foundation to connect\nimmigrants and refugees with Americans who can help them. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Her goal for BAB is to not only help immigrants and\nrefugees, but to change preconceived ideas and notions that people have about them.\n\u201cAs an architect, we are problem-solvers,\u201d she says. \u201cI felt like, \u2018I really\ncan do this, I can open doors.\u2019\u201d "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[1],1,"Keller Rinaudo on how\ntechnology will change the built environment "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Keller Rinaudo\u2019s company, Zipline, Inc., could be called a\ntechnology company, but in reality, it is much more. Boasting the world\u2019s\nlargest fully autonomous delivery system, Rinaudo and his team use drones to\ndeliver blood for life-saving transfusions to patients in Africa, with the\neventual goal of providing universal access to health care to every person on\nthe planet. Rinaudo chatted with Mars about how Zipline\u2019s drones might eventually\nchange the built environment if delivery infrastructure can be moved up from\nthe ground level to make room for other things. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Rinaudo drew a parallel between his company\u2019s work in Africa\nand the fictional nation-city of Wakanda, the setting of the 2018 film "],[0,[0],1,"Black Panther. "],[0,[],0,"\u201cThe thing about Black\nPanther that inspired us was the idea of a radically technologically advanced\nAfrican nation hiding in plain sight,\u201d he says. \u201cThat is what we are trying to\nbuild.\u201d "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[1],1,"Ryan Coogler on telling\ndiverse stories"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"For Ryan Coogler, director of "],[0,[0],1,"Black Panther, "],[0,[],0,"the sense of place he and his team created with the richly\nrealized Wakanda was essential to telling the story. \u201cWe did have to build our\nown history for the city itself,\u201d he says. Coogler is a native of Oakland,\nCalifornia, also the setting of his first film, "],[0,[0],1,"Fruitvale Station. "],[0,[],0,"Coogler says that while working on that film, he\nbecame aware of how to use transportation and the insights it provides about\nthe ways people move around a city to create a sense of place. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"As the scale and budget of his projects changed\u2014from the\nindie "],[0,[0],1,"Fruitvale Station "],[0,[],0,"to\nmulti-million dollar "],[0,[0],1,"Black Panther "],[0,[],0,"and\n"],[0,[0],1,"Creed"],[0,[],0,"\u2014Coogler kept a core team of\ncollaborators who he trusted to tell the truth and give honest opinions. As his\nprofile has grown, he has assumed greater responsibilities to the people\nworking for him. \u201cIf something scares you, a lot of times it can be something\ngood,\u201d he says of tackling new challenges."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"As a leader, Coogler is perfecting the art of using a\ndiverse team to accomplish his goal of telling compelling stories. \u201cDoing your\nbest to make yourself available, doing your best to not take as much credit as\nyou maybe should when things go well, and to take less credit than you should\nwhen things go wrong. You set the tone for how people are going to work with\nyou.\u201d"]]]]}
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Host Roman Mars conversed with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline International, Inc., and Ayla Abiad, Assoc. AIA.
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