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AIA Women’s Leadership Summit Series

The AIA Women's Leadership Summit series features a 2-day conference every other year focused on raising the profile of women architects.



2015 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

Registration launches in May!

2013 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

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.

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2011 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

The 2011 Women’s Leadership Summit, a 2-day national conversation among the profession’s top female practitioners, will explore topics in Leadership and Design.

The Summit will focus on supporting women in leadership by providing a forum to recognize, inform, and champion the work being created by women in architecture.

Leadership expert and Harvard GSD speaker Julie Benezet will open the Friday discourse with a highly interactive session focused on what drives people to lead, the fears that get in the way and strategies for working through those fears.

A large focus of the Design discussion will be on design in the media. Saturday’s session will be held in the internationally-acclaimed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building, designed by Steven Holl. Keynote speaker Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, will present a ‘Design Report’ on the current pulse of the industry, highlighting the firms, individuals and trends that are breaking new ground in architecture. Susan will then facilitate a dialogue with a group of experts and journalists, including S. Claire Conroy, Editorial Director of Residential Architect magazine, discussing ways to share your message with a growing audience.

Strengthen your brand and your network. Elevate your exposure and your reach. And grow your legacy beyond your practice.

Summit Agenda

2010 AIA Women’s Leadership Development Summit

Invest in yourself and in your future - attend the Women’s Leadership Development Summit. The Summit will focus on helping women practitioners identify their personal and collective leadership to aid in developing skills to realize their potential. Topics presented and discussed will include:

Skill Development * Diversity in Leadership * Alternative Career Paths * Transitioning to Positions of Leadership * Creating Your Mentorship Networks

If you are a design professional seeking to discover your leadership potential and what it takes to lead a practice, this is an event not to miss!

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2009 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

The first national gathering of women who serve as firm principals and in other professional leadership roles drew upon their talents and experiences to describe the issues women face and sought to raise their profile within the profession.

Past AIA president Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, provided the keynote address, and panel discussions and breakout sessions were tailored to the concerns affecting women in the profession today: equity, identifying leaders, leadership styles, visioning and strategic planning, next-generation leadership, design quality from the owner's point of view, design successes and challenges, and design excellence.

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