Future Forward

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Celebrating women in architecture, their work, leadership, and the pathways created for the next generation

Women play a critically important role in architecture. This video campaign is about celebrating them and their contributions and impact to the profession and their communities. AIA’s weekly 60-second “Future Forward” video series shares female architects and designers’ favorite work, as well as their leadership, mentorship, and vision they are pursuing for an increasingly diverse and equitable profession.  The videos share the stories of women, men, and firm leaders who are elevating women and changing the profession to make it a vocation of choice for anyone interested in the design field.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Get motivated and inspired by the Future Forward video series. Share them from AIA's social media channels (Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook).
  2. Use the AIA resources on this page to learn more about how you can make change in the culture of the profession and your communities.
  3. Get involved in AIA, your local component, or in your firm to lead, mentor, and create a welcoming profession for architects and designers of all backgrounds.  

Check out our videos celebrating the work, accomplishments, and leadership of women in the profession; let it inspire you to get involved.  

Karen Lu, AIA

Karen Lu, AIA, NOMA, is an architect and associate principal at Snow Kreilich Architects. She is the Minnesota representative for the AIA National Strategic Council, a board adviser to the local NOMA chapter, and recently served as the 2020 President of AIA Minnesota. Karen's commitment to design excellence and positively impacting future generations of architecture professionals and global citizens is evident in her professional work and service to the AIA and her community. Karen has been recognized for her local and national leadership with AIA Minnesota and the National AIA Young Architect Awards.

Korey White, AIA

Korey White, AIA, driven by her desire to create more equitable and inclusive communities, brings an open-mindedness and systems view to her role as an architect and urban planner.  Korey leads planning at DLR Group as a planning discipline leader and K-12 national planning leader, applying an interdisciplinary approach to create impactful outcomes for her clients and the community. Recognized for her leadership within architecture through her service on the AIA Strategic Council as 2022 moderator and at-large representative, Korey was awarded the 2018 AIA Young Architects Award and the 2017 BD+C 40 under 40. She volunteers her time and energy to advance the future of the profession and raise the collective voices of all architects to effect change in the profession.

Graciela Carrillo, AIA

Graciela Carrillo, AIA, senior manager at Nassau BOCES in Garden City, NY, serves as the AIA New York State representative for the AIA National Strategic Council, past president of the AIA Long Island Chapter, and the co-founder and co-chair of AIA Long Island's Women In Architecture Committee. She is one of the co-founders of the Immigrant Architects Coalition and recipient of both the 2019 AIA NYS Young Architect Award and 2022 AIA Young Architects Award and honored as one of 2021's Top 50 Women in Business in Long Island for her unwavering commitment, fearlessness, and tireless advocacy for emerging professionals, especially women and immigrants in the profession.

Janeen Harrell, AIA

Janeen Harrell, AIA, is a licensed architect and interior designer serving as a Director at iJ DESIGN STUDIO, as well as the AIA National Strategic Council - Illinois Representative. She is responsible for the design, management, and successful completion of a broad range of projects based in Chicago.

Do you want to learn more so you can promote an inclusive and welcoming culture at your firm?

AIA has developed great resources that can help you get started or keep you on your journey!

Resources to advance equity in the profession

Guides for Equitable Practice

Easy-to-read guides that look at every component of your business to support building a more equitable profession.

Women's Resources

Learn more about our annual premiere event, Women's Leadership Summit. And get other resources to support gender equity.

An Investigation into Bias in the Architecture Profession

A report exploring bias based on gender and race/ethnicity in the practice of architecture.

Continuing Education via AIAU

Check out our EDI content and Women's Leadership Summit virtual series from 2020, 2021, and 2022.

AIA Foundation Scholarships

Learn more about our Diversity Advancement Scholarship, and more!

AIA Membership Demographics

Stay up-to-date with evolving demographics of AIA's membership body.

Career Pathways

Support the next generation of architects with our youth, K-12, and higher education resources.

Resources to advance equity in the built environment

Framework for Design Excellence

The Framework seeks to inform progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment.

Architect's Role in Creating Equitable Communities

A guide for architects to design and advocate for equitable processes and outcomes in projects.

AIA Materials Pledge

Learn how your firm can commit to better product selection that advances the environment, human health, and social equity.

Equitable Development Frameworks

An introduction and comparison for architects to identify the agency architects and designers have in driving valuable change.

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