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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

In Person!

Colburn School – Zipper Hall


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Powerful IX Program!



Sponsorships for Powerful IX is now closed. Please check back next year!


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.

Barbara Bouza, FAIA
President, Walt Disney Imagineering
Juliana Serrano
Vice President of Advocacy and Equity, Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley
Marion Weiss, FAIA
Kimberly Dowdell, AIA
Principal, HOK

Kristin Akin-Zimmerman, AIA
Co-Chair, Women in Architecture Committee
Yu-Ming Wei, AIA
Co-Chair, Women in Architecture Committee
Kristen Fraumeni, AIA
Co-Vice Chair, Women in Architecture Committee
Monica Rodriguez, AIA
Co-Vice Chair, Women in Architecture Committee

PANELISTS (As Announced)
Oonagh Ryan, AIA
Founding Principal, ORA
Danielle Tellez
Associate, SHoP Architects
Mary Casper
Creative Director, Social Studies Projects
Jennifer Siqueira
Project Architect, Bernheimer Architecture and BA Union, AWU member

Workshop Speakers

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


Workshop Speakers (continued)

Architectural HERstory
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