Architects Foundation announces 2019 recipients of the Sho-Ping Chin Women’s Leadership Summit Grants

WASHINGTON –May 29, 2019 – The Architects Foundation is recognizing and supporting women in architecture with the Sho-Ping Chin Women’s Leadership Summit Grant.

Specifically, the grant provides registration and travel to the 2019 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit for women in architecture moving into leadership roles in the profession. This year, the grant will fund eleven women to attend the summit, which is being held from September 12-14 in Minneapolis. This year’s recipients are:

The grant was established in 2017 in honor posthumously of Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, a Principal at Payette who founded the inaugural AIA Women’s Leadership Summit in 2009.

“The selection process was very challenging with so many motivated and qualified candidates seeking to advance their careers and build connections with other women in the industry,” said Payette Associate Principal Susan Blomquist, AIA, who served on the jury. “We took a particular interest in women returning to the profession after a hiatus. Given how quickly the practice of architecture changes, we saw a need for these women to accelerate their networks and knowledge base. We can’t wait to see what this talented group of professionals do next.”

The AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, held biennially, is an intensive two-day summit focusing on leadership and design. The next round of applications for the grant will be available in 2021 to coincide with the 2021 Women’s Leadership Summit. The Architects Foundation is raising money to permanently endow the grants; please donate today.

About The Architects Foundation

The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation aims to attract, inspire, and invest in a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, keeping the Octagon’s legacy alive through exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. For more information, visit the Architects Foundation website.


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