Sign In, Renew, Sign Up

Search AIA

Search AIA Go

About The AIAPrograms & Initiatives

Page Tools

Reed Insight and Community


Diversity and Inclusion > AIA Women’s Leadership Summit 2013

The AIA Women’s Leadership Summit is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, please email with your name, email address, and AIA member number (if applicable).

We are no longer accepting registrations through the waitlist. However, a very limited number of onsite registrations will be available. Please inquire onsite.

You can also join us virtually for a portion of Friday’s event. Click here for more information.


AIA Women’s Leadership Summit 2013
October 24-26, 2013
Phoenix, AZ


Summit Goals
the Profile of Women Principals & Leaders in the Profession
Share and Promote
the Design Work of Women
New Paths to Leadership
from Each Other: Issues and Challenges



The third in a series of summits started by the Boston Women Principals Group in 2009 and
followed by Kansas City in 2011; the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit 2013 gathers voices of
Architects serving in various leadership roles, including, Principals, Educators, Owners, Designers, Environmentalists and Innovators, in an intimate setting to discuss the challenges and
opportunities for women practicing architecture today. The Summit strives to engage speakers and attendees in an open, conversational setting to share both personal and work experiences toward
positive contributions through the practice of architecture.

The 2-day, 5 to 6 session event begins on Day 1 with an update from National AIA Leadership on
new changes to the organization, Marilyn Taylor, FAIA, as keynote speaker, panel discussions, break-out sessions, pecha-kucha presentations, and informal opportunities to shed light on successful endeavors that “Go Beyond” traditional practice – for women in particular and the profession in general. Day 2 focuses on our collective body of work, inspired by the words of Billie Tsien, AIA, who will share her perspective on the subject at the Phoenix Art Museum in Downtown Phoenix – an outstanding example of one of her many contributions to Arts, Culture and the Urban Fabric.

Summit Contributors represent a cross section of Architects from around the United States, along
with invited guests from Canada and Europe. Unlike traditional conferences, where ideas are
prepared for delivery, the format for this event will foster a more informal sharing of experience,
ideas, and solutions.

Summit Agenda
We’ve got two-days of dynamic sessions planned.

Check out our exciting lineup of speakers for the Summit!

Past Events in the Women in Architecture Series

2009 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (Inaugural Event)

2010 AIA Women’s Leadership Development Summit

2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit



Looking for things to do or places to eat while in Phoenix? Visit for that and more!


Lend your voice and perspective to the discussion forums at the Women in Architecture and Design Knowledge Community.



This event is now SOLD OUT. If you have questions contact 800.242.3837.

Early Bird Rate: May 1 – August 15 – Deadline Extended to September 6!

AIA Members: $259
Students: $159
Non-AIA Members: $319

Regular Registration Rate: September 7 – October 1

AIA Members: $309
Students: $189
Non-AIA Members: $359

Onsite Registration Rate: After October 1

AIA Members: $400
Students: $200
Non-AIA Members: $400

Don’t miss out! Space is limited. Register today!

Self-guided Desert Botanical Garden Tour
Sunday, October 27

8:30 am-11:30 am
$35.00 (Price includes admission to the Garden and roundtrip transportation)

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the nationally and internationally renowned Desert Botanical Garden. Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting.  The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers. 

Read more at the Summit registration page.

Legacy Project
No cost to participate!   We ask that you support this effort so the Women’s Leadership Summit will continue the WLS tradition of leaving a legacy for the communities in which we gather.

This year’s legacy project for the AIA National Women’s Leadership Summit will help establish the new Children and Teen Library within the Hermoso Park Community Center. As we gather together as AIA leaders, please consider donating a new or gently-used book or cash contribution for the cause.

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has long been a leader in school-based programs, offering school year and summer activities. This tradition has led to the rebuilding of the Hermoso Park Community Center, located in a well-loved neighborhood park in South Phoenix. The new center will expand the City’s ability to engage multiple generations in community activities, after school programs, and health and wellness initiatives in a new, safe, and vibrant environment.

Read more at the Summit registration page.

Join us for a Pre-Conference Tour of Taliesin West!

Thursday, October 24
2:30 – 6:00 PM

You can register for this tour when you complete your Women’s Leadership Summit 2013 registration. The tour is 90 minutes long, and the ticket price includes roundtrip transportation to and from Taliesin West.


Room blocks at the conference hotels, the Hotel Palomar Phoenix and the Westin Phoenix Downtown, are sold out. If you still need housing, you may try booking at one of the following hotels.  However, please note that AIA does not have a room block or discount rate for any of these locations.

Sheraton Downtown Phoenix

Hyatt Regency

Renaissance Hotel


2 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Room Rates (Exclusive of taxes and fees):
Single Room: $169
Double Room: $169
Suites: $299

To Book:
Visit the Hotel Palomar Phoenix booking page or call Reservations at 602.253.6633.
Rate Code: AIA


333 North Central Avenue

Room Rates (Exclusive of taxes and fees):
Single Room: $169
Double Room: $169

To Book:
Visit the Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel booking page or call 602.429.3500 and mention the Women’s Leadership Summit.


Footer Navigation

Copyright & Privacy

  • © The American Institute of Architects
  • Privacy