COMMITTEES
WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE COMMITTEE
PHOTO: Nico Marques

AIA|LA Women in Architecture Committee’s mission is to promote Gender Equity in the profession.  Founded in 2016, WiA Committee developed from a strong desire to empower and promote positive change for women in the field of architecture, heavily fueled by the influential POWERFUL: Women Leading Design conference series.

The committee meets monthly for a series of lectures, networking opportunities, and workshops.  WiA leads the organization of the annual POWERFUL conference.

WiA will maintain a focus of embracing diversity through inclusion, encouraging professional growth through networking and interactions, promoting leadership and offering career guidance, endorsing community outreach, and providing support to women in their career development in architecture.

Learn more about POWERFUL

PREVIOUS YEARS


UPCOMING EVENTS
09.24 + 10.01.21
Powerful 8: Women's Work
Powerful 8 explores and reclaims ‘Women’s Work’ on our own terms through dynamic talks by a confluence of acclaimed designers, firm leaders, emerging voices, and thought leaders from across the country. This year the acclaimed conference also offers 70-minute focus groups tailored to your specific career path. It's all on Zoom to provide access to this popular conference to all who would like to join us.

PAST EVENTS
05.19.21
Powerful Kick-Off Meeting
Please join us for the WiA’s Powerful Kick-off meeting on Thursday, May 20, 2021, during which we will begin to organize for the conference as a wider group, the Powerful Planning Committee.
Your voice and your support are crucial for the success of Powerful.
06.15.21
Town Hall: Pascale Sablan, FAIA
This forum will serve as a chance to learn more about the initiatives that Ms. Sablan is helping to move forward, including the Say It Loud Exhibition series, her work with the ACE Mentorship program, and her role as the 2021 NOMA president-elect.

04.22.21
Women in Construction Panel Discussion
This month’s focus is around architecture and construction, where panelists share experiences and advice from both perspectives and industries. Participants will have the opportunity to provide questions when registering for the event for panelists to answer.
04.19.21
Open Forum –
In Support of LA's AAPI Design Community
This forum serves to reflect on the rise and coverage of the recent anti-Asian hate crimes and how it’s affecting our AAPI design community in LA.
02.25.21
WiA Speed Mentoring 2021
Don’t let the pandemic prevent you from seeking mentors! Join the AIA LA Women in Architecture (WiA) to network and learn from Los Angeles’ top professionals at our annual Speed Mentoring event.

COMMITTEE
CHAIR
Jennifer Noel Wong, AIA
CHAIR
Ashley Richardson, AIA
VICE CHAIR
Kristin Akin-Zimmerman, AIA
VICE CHAIR
Schumetta McLendon, Assoc. AIA
PAST CHAIR
Marine Maroukian, Assoc. AIA
PAST CHAIR
Chiara Bonsignori, AIA

STAFF LIAISON
Tibby Rothman, Hon. AIA|LA

CREDITS
PHOTO: Banner: Nico Marques