Sign In, Renew, Sign Up

Search AIA

Search AIA Go

About The AIAPrograms & Initiatives

Page Tools

Reed Insight and Community


Diversity and Inclusion > “Barbie I Can Be...Architect” Workshop Participants

“Barbie I Can Be...Architect” Workshop Participants

What: “Barbie I Can Be...Architect” Workshops

The American Institute of Architects is excited to partner with Mattel to pre-launch the “Barbie I Can Be...Architect” during AIA’s national convention, May 12−14, in New Orleans, Louisiana! We are excited to invite local schools and community based organizations to sign up groups of 25-30 girls, ages 7 – 9 years to have the opportunity to interact with an architect during our AIA/Barbie Workshops!

The Opportunity:

Girls will have the unique opportunity to learn from a real architect about what it takes to become an architect in a fun and educational environment on location at the AIA 2011 National Convention. Girls will learn about the first female architect recognized by the AIA over 125 years ago and will get to ‘create’ their very own Dream House. All participants in the workshop will leave with a gift bag including their own Architect Barbie and a special poster.

Who is invited to participate?

Local Schools and non-profit organizations can sign up groups (size 25-30) girls, ages 7 -9 years, for 45-minute workshops which will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans!

What to expect

    • A visit to the Barbie Booth to see Barbie’s Dream House and lots of other cool Barbie Stuff!

    • They will attend a workshop led by a real architect to learn about well known female architects and get an introduction to architecture!

    • Each participating girl will receive a complimentary “Barbie I Can Be...Architect” doll and gift bag!

    • Girls will be inspired to dream about what they can become!

How to register?

Registration Form – Email your completed form to ASAP, but no later than May 2nd.

Preregistration is required; we will not be able to accommodate registrations on-site. Schools and local community groups must complete the registration form with the names of each girl attending, along with the names and contact information of chaperones. Select the 1st and 2nd time preferences for your group. We will try to honor all first requests. Submit the registration form ASAP but no later than May 2nd, to We regret that we cannot accommodate requests from individuals.

Each group registered will receive a confirmation e-mail regarding your confirmed time along with additional logistics details.

Will transportation be provided?

No, transportation to the convention center will not be provided. However, parking information will be sent in the confirmation/logistics email.

What if I have a group of less than 25 girls?

Preference will be given to the larger groups. However, feel free to submit your smaller group request. If we have enough small groups, we will combine smaller groups to make up one workshop.

For more information about volunteering as a mentor:

Visit the Barbie Workshops Volunteers web page.

About Barbie I Can Be…:

With more than 125 careers on her resume – spanning from registered nurse to rock star, veterinarian to aerobics instructor, pilot to police officer – Barbie doll continues to take on aspirational and culturally relevant roles while also serving as a role model and agent of change for girls. She first broke the “plastic ceiling” in the 1960s when, as an astronaut, she went to space four years before man walked on the moon. In the 80s she took to the boardroom as “Day to Night™” CEO Barbie, just as women began to break into the C-suite. And in the 90s, she ran for President, before any female candidate ever made it onto the presidential ballot. In 2011, Barbie doll continues to be a trailblazer with the introduction of Barbie I Can Be…Architect. The I Can Be…line of dolls inspires girls to try on different careers, encouraging them to play out their dreams and explore the world and all of its possibilities!

About The American Institute of Architects:

Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. We carry out our goals through advocacy, information, and community.

The AIA is committed to diversity and inclusion as one of the organizations four strategic initiatives! We are excited to design programs focused on increasing gender, ethnic and other forms of diversity in practice and in the profession! Find out more about our commitment to diversity at


Footer Navigation

Copyright & Privacy

  • © The American Institute of Architects
  • Privacy