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Women in Architecture and Design ATHENA Awards Recipients


The Planning Committee for the 2010 Women’s Leadership Development Summit partnered with ATHENA International to host the first annual Women in Architecture and Design ATHENA Awards. This year’s recipients are:

Women in Architecture and Design ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient: Lori Garrett, AIA, Richmond, VA

Lori is Senior Principal and Vice President, Director of Higher Education Studio at Glave and Holmes Architecture in Richmond, VA.  She is recognized for her design expertise, and has served on numerous design juries, including those for AlA Baltimore, AlA Vermont, and AlA James River Chapter.

In 2009, Lori initiated a series of informal conversations with women of all ages in architecture or interior design, and through these discussions confirmed her belief that there was a need for mentoring, camaraderie, and professional development opportunities for women in design.  This led her to form Richmond Women in Design (RWiD) in 2010.  RWiD is a group which is open to women in any disciplines involved in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, engineering, interior design, etc.  She currently chairs the leadership committee of this group.  RWiD meets monthly for programs and social networking, and has more than 150 women on its mailing list.           

Women in Architecture and Design ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipient: Lira Luis, AIA, Chicago, IL

Lira Luis is Principal Architect at Atelier Lira Luis, LLC, in Chicago, IL.  She has been licensed in Arizona and Illinois for three years, has been a licensed architect in the Philippines since 1996, and was elected as Chartered Architect by the Royal Institute of British Architects.  While women in architecture are still underrepresented in Asia, she became the first Filipina to be accepted into Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and graduated with a Master of Architecture degree. 

As an academic, she has taught young women pursuing a career in Architecture Technology at the Scottsdale Community College. As Director of the AIA Associates in Central Arizona, she helped raise nearly $10,000 to fund an ARE Workstation for those pursuing licensure that included women, who otherwise would have no financial means to access review materials and study guides.   She participates in mentoring aspiring women architects in pursuit of licensure.

Currently, she continues to inspire young women, whether they have an interest in architecture or not, through her work and as a blogger for the Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow, while trying to turn ideas and architectural lessons learned into relevant action.

For more information about the 2010 Women’s Leadership Development Summit, visit the Summit Home Page

For more information about ATHENA International, visit http://www.athenainternational.org

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    ATHENA Leadership Award

    The ATHENA Leadership Award celebrates exemplary leadership and is reflective of a quote by Plato: What is honored in a country will be cultivated there. Over 6000 recipients have been honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award since the program’s inception in 1982.

    Presented to leaders across professional sectors, the ATHENA Leadership Award’s rich history, international scope and focus on mentorship distinguish it as one of the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

    ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees must meet each of the following three criteria:

    -Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative within the design professions

    -Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community

    -Actively assist women within the design professions in achieving their full leadership potential

    ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

    The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide.

    ATHENA Young Professional Award Nominees must meet each of the following three criteria:

    -Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative within the design professions

    -Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community

    -Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally

 
   
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
 

Are you currently a design professional on the track to leadership? Seeking to enhance the skills you’ve acquired and network with women peers from across the country? Consider attending the Women’s Leadership Summit in 2011, hosted by Kansas City. More information to come.

 
 

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