Date for the 2023 Powerful Conference to be announced soon.
The AIA|LA Women in Architecture Committee is excited to present Powerful IX: Everyday Allies. This in-person conference is a forum that celebrates the everyday allies who take the incremental and deliberate actions necessary to effect positive change in our profession. Our inspiring contributors will explore the various expressions of allyship by sharing their personal stories, portraying their passions, and leading hands-on workshops.
Our last in-person conference was in 2019 and we simply cannot wait to feel the collective energy of being physically together again. Our morning session features keynote speakers and symposium panel discussions, while our afternoon workshops focus on select topics such as Leadership Starts Now!, Taking the Leap: How to be a Sole Business Owner, Stepping into Leadership of a Legacy Firm, Intersectionality, Gender and Identity, Architecture HERstory, Women in STEAM, and Women Build Together – At the OAEC Table.
Whether you are an emerging professional exploring career possibilities, an established architect yearning to grow in new ways, or a firm leader interested in raising your office’s profile, you will find a community of great allies at Powerful IX.
Friday, October 7th, 2022
8:30AM – 3:30PM
Colburn School – Zipper Hall
AIA CES: 6LU
Access the Program Below:
Powerful IX Program-version 1
Sponsorships for Powerful IX is now closed. Please check back next year!
Check back for the stellar speaker line-up for Powerful IX.
View the Powerful IX Workshops that will be held in the afternoon portion of the conference. HERE Each in-person attendee will be able to attend two workshops.
Leadership Starts Now
Ashley Craig, AIA – Associate Architect, SOM
Taking the Leap: How to be a Sole Business Owner
Alicia Morales – Founder, Designer, and Business Owner, AM Design Studio
Athenna Lim – C-Founder, Studio Barnhaus
Jennifer Wong, AIA – Associate, CO Architects
Rachel Allen, AIA – Principal, RADAR Inc.
Sona Gevorkyan – Architect and Adjunct Professor, SGAO, CPP
Stepping Into Leadership of a Legacy Firm
Kelly Becker, AIA – Sr. Project Manager, Tim Barber Architects
Staci Nesbitt, AIA – Principal Architect, Partner, GGA+ Architects
Tania Van Herle, FAIA – Corporate Operations Leader, HED
Marisa Kurtzman – Architect & Partner, Frederick Fisher and Partners
Intersectionality, Gender and Identity
Audrey Handelman, AIA – Senior Associate and Studio Director, Gensler
Jessica Stoneham – Director of Facilities, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Jillian White – Environmental Scientist, HDR
Mischa Haramia – Entertainment Practice Director, Henderson Engineers
Megumi Hironaka, AIA – Associate Principal, HED
Alexandria Hoevel, AIA – Senior Project Manager, BAR Architects
Cynthia Kracuaer, AIA – Executive Director, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Jessica Rogers, Assoc. AIA – Content Creator/Host, She Builds Podcast
Lizi Raar – Creator/Host, She Builds Podcast
Women in STEAM
Aileene Simbulan – Job Captain, AXIS/GFA Architecture + Design
Dawn MacFadyen – Managing Principal, AMA Group
Margaux Burkholder – Principal, Walter P Moore
Lynn Wang – Designer, BAR Architects
Sarah Jacobson, AIA – President, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Stephanie Reich, AIA – Urban Designer/ Design and Historic Preservation Planner, City of Santa Monica
Women Build Together – At the OAC Table
Astrid Theeuwes – Associate | Civil Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers
Chantayne Wilchewski – Director of Construction, ScionHealth
Diana Erickson Nishi – Associate Principal, Englekirk
Jan Karl – Vice President, Morley Builders
Leslie Sydnor, AIA – Director, Cumming
Magdalena Glen-Schieneman, AIA – Principal, MGS architecture and Co-Director, AWA+D
TELACU Construction Management