PHOTO: Nico Marques

Click here to view the program and schedule for Powerful VII. Then scroll down to register.

If you plan to participate in a breakout session please select select a top choice and second choice before you arrive on 10.09.20. Click to review breakout session topics, leaders, and descriptions. On Friday, make sure to know the title and the session leader of your selection(s). Session numbers are on the Powerful VII program.

Women in Architecture, WiA AIA|LA’s, Powerful conference (now entering its 7th iteration) has grown into an international caliber event.

Whether you are an early-career designer looking for tools that lead to a successful career, a firm partner interested in raising your office’s profile, or an established mid-career architect ready to move forward, Powerful, is for you.

We are thrilled that the following powerful women will headline Powerful VII:

Anne Fougeron, FAIA – Principal + Founder, Fougeron Architecture
Annie Chu, FAIA, IIDA – Founding Principal – Chu + Gooding Architects
Barbara Bestor, AIA – Principal + Founder, Bestor Architects
Billie Tsien, AIA – Founding Partner – Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
+  Karin Liljegren, FAIA – Founder + Principal, omgivning
+  Nithya Raman – Candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 4
+ Nury Martinez – President, Los Angeles City Council; Councilwoman, Council District 6

The WiA and AIA|LA thank Powerful VII presenting sponsors KFA Architecture and MATT Construction for their support.


Friday, October 9, 2020 | 9:30A – 12:30P

Friday, October 16 | 9:30A – 12N

On Zoom

AIA CES: 2.5 LUs per day

Attend both days: 5 LUs


Thank you to the generous sponsors of Powerful VII. Sponsorship is now closed for the event.


Two Day Pass:

$60 Members
$90 Non-Members

One Day Passes:

$40 AIA Members
$60 Non-Members




Powerful VII is programmed by the WiA Chairs + the Powerful VII Committee:


Chiara Bonsignori, AIA
Marine Maroukian, Assoc. AIA


Ashley Richardson, AIA, LEED AP
Jennifer Noel Wong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Lani Lee, AIA
Annette Wu, AIA


Breakout Sessions Chair:
Stephanie Reich, AIA, LEED AP

Annie Chu, FAIA, IIDA
Founding Principal - Chu + Gooding Architects
Billie Tsien, AIA
Founding Partner - Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Barbara Bestor, FAIA
Principal + Founder, Bestor Architecture
Anne Fougeron, FAIA
Principal + Founder, Fougeron Architecture
Karin Liljegren, FAIA
Founder + Principal, Omgivning
Nithya Raman
Candidate, Los Angeles City Council District 4

Nury Martinez
Los Angeles City Council President

Monica Ponce de Leon
Dean, School of Architecture at Princeton
J. Meejin Yoon, AIA
Dean, Cornell AAP Architecture Art Planning
Amale Andraos
Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Hazel R. Edwards
Chair, Howard University School of Architecture & Design
Jane Greenwood, AIA
Managing Principal, Kostow Greenwood Architects
Kristinia Singiser, AIA
Managing Principal, HMC Architects

Julia Koerner
Founder, Managing Director JK Design GmbH
Dawn Hicks, Assoc. AIA
Rose Fellow, Community Design Coordinator at Venice Community Housing Corporation | SoCal NOMA, Treasurer.

Amanda Sigafoos
Marketing Manager, Woods Bagot
Andy Lantz, Assoc. AIA
Creative Director | Partner | RIOS
Audrey Sato
Principal Architect, SATO Architects, Inc.
Barbara Flammang, FAIA
Partner, KFA Architecture
Carissa Shrock Oyedele, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell
Carol Lanham, AIA
Program Manager, Kitchell CEM

Christina Monti
Principal, CDM Consulting | Past-President, AWA+D
Claudia Carol, AIA, LEED AP ND
Urbanist and Architect
Dawn Hicks, Assoc AIA, NOMA
Rose Fellow, Community Design Coordinator at Venice Community Housing Corporation | SoCal NOMA, Treasurer
Deborah Weintraub, AIA, LEED AP
Chief Deputy City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works, City of Los Angeles
Elissa Scrafano, AIA
Principal, Scrafano Architects
Emmanuelle Bourlier
Founding Partner, CEO, Panelite

Erin Gehle
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, RIOS
Heidi Creighton, AIA, LEED Fellow
WELL Faculty, Fitwel Ambassador, Associate Principal, BuroHappold | Sustainability
Helena Jubany, FAIA
Principal, NAC
Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA
Dean, Woodbury School of Architecture
Jeannette Diaz
Director, Integral Master Coach, PCC, ICF
Jennifer Wong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
CO Architects

Jeri Oka
Senior Design Principal of JERDE
Judith Mussell
Associate, Gehry Partners, LLP
Karin Liljegren, FAIA
Principal + Founder, Omgivning
Kate Diamond, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Design Director, HDR Architecture
Katherine Aguilar Perez
Associate Principal, Los Angeles Cities Leader, Arup

Kathleen Hetrick, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C
Mechanical Engineer, BuroHappold
Kerenza Harris
Director of Design Technology, Morphosis Architects, Faculty at Sci-Arc
Kishani De Silva, Assoc. AIA
Executive Advisor (FUSE Fellow), Los Angeles County Development Authority
Lara Hoad, AIA, LEED AP
Principal Lara Hoad Architecture Design, Faculty Otis College of Art and Design and Woodbury School of Architecture
Marisa Kurtzman, LEED AP
Partner, Frederick Fisher and Partners
Melanie Freeland, AIA, LEED AP
Studio Director, RIOS

Michelle "Ferial" Asadies, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager, HDR
Monica Rodriguez, AIA
Senior Associate, KFA Architecture
Patricia Rhee, FAIA
Partner, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Patti Harburg-Petrich, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, BuroHappold Engineering | Structures
Pearl Ho
Petrina Gooch, Assoc. AIA
Principal & Corporate Human Resources Leader, HED

Phyllis Dubinsky, AIALA Allied Affiliate
Managing Principal, PDK Strategies
Pooja Bhagat, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal, Abode Communities|Architecture | AIALA Board Director
Schumetta McLendon, Assoc. AIA
Principal, Schumetta Inc.
Simone Barth-Auster, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager, Omgivning Architecture / Interiors
Susan Nwankpa Gillespie
Founder, Nwankpa Design
Tania Van Herle, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Corporate Systems Leader, HED

Terri Moore
Principal, Moore + Friesl
Tughela Gino