August 22- 24, Kansas City hosted the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) National Leadership Convention.
The convention is for those who want to push the boundaries of what it means to lead. People from all professional and cultural backgrounds are welcome to come connect with and be inspired by unconventional leaders, visionaries, and disruptors.
Ninah Butler, Landscape Architect at BHC RHODES, was a member of the Bold Rebel Leaders Panel on Friday.
Ninah is a Professional Landscape Architect with over 5 years of experience, currently working with BHC RHODES in Overland Park, KS. Her career has followed a winding path. Before becoming a Landscape Architect, she taught high school science for 10 years. It was while teaching that Ninah became interested in designing outdoor spaces that would engage and stimulate people. Wanting a change in career direction, she looked to landscape architecture as a way to creatively influence people’s daily lives. She earned her Master’s in Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University through their Post-Baccalaureate program in 2013. During her 5 years with BHC RHODES, she has worked with a team of civil engineers and one other landscape architect to design a wide variety of projects ranging from commercial sites, hospital therapy gardens, military projects, and streetscapes. Despite her career change, Ninah still has a passion for education. She is always seeking opportunities to share with others how landscape architecture is more than just making pretty spaces. She believes that design provides opportunities to engage the world that we daily pass through. Her background as an educator has provided her with the skills and interest to question the how, and why of the world around her. The leadership expertise gained during her time as a teacher have led her to be an active participant in PGASLA’s Executive Committee and serves as membership chair, helping to organize social events. She is also involved with the Center for Design, and teaches the Exploring Design Outreach Program.