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  • November 7, 2019

    The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee organized the WIA Practitioner | Student Mentoring Session on November 6, 2019 at the Center for Architecture with a great turnout of 37 students from City Tech, The Cooper Union, and Princeton, along with 33 women mentors who have 10+ years of experience as practicing architects in New York City.

    Female students from these schools received valuable advice from the mentors on their resumes and portfolios and gained useful takeaways from the professional guidance in preparing them to start their career path. The also had a chance to network with other practitioners and meet students from the participating schools.

    AIANY WIA is truly grateful to all the dedicated mentors who have volunteered their time, and for being role models to these female students, helping them advance in our profession. We would also like to give special thanks to the academic staff of City Tech, The Cooper Union and Princeton for the support in making this event possible.

    Stay tuned for the next WIA Practitioner | Student Spring Mentoring Session on March 23, 2020.

  • As more architectural firms in the United States are doing work overseas, the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee highlighted three women design leaders practicing in New York, with a portfolio of international projects showcasing their wide-ranging global design perspectives.

    Carla Swickerath, Partner at Studio Libeskind, talked about how the budget and strategic planning have shaped the Ogden Center for Fundamental Physics at Durham University in the UK; showed the whimsical design of the large Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’Park commercial development in Busan, South Korea, and explained how the collaboration with local consultants drove the construction methods of the Vitra Residence in Sau Paulo in Brazil.

    Leah Nanpei, Project Director at SHoP, explained the complex and challenging zoning regulations in Melbourne, Australia and how it delivered a singular and unique building massing in the mixed-use development of Collins Arch. She also demonstrated how the textured façade design of the New Embassy Compound in Tegucigalpa, Honduras was derived from local material traditions and craft.

    Vivian Lee, AIA, Principal at Richard Meier & Partners, described how her personal background and upbringing contributed to her affinity for working on international projects. She presented how sustainability and innovation guided her design projects on the Italcementi iLab in Bergamo, Italy; described how to integrate Feng Shui with modernist design in the OCT Clubhouse in Shenzhen, China, and illustrated how context and culture have inspired the design of Seamarq Hotel in Gangneung, South Korea.

    After they displayed the various project types and design approaches across four continents, Rosalind Tsang, AIA, Senior Associate at RAMSA engaged the presenters in a lively discussion and asked them to share their experiences working abroad, describe their design inspiration and process, discuss the challenges faced and how their design decisions have impacted the delivery of creative solutions and positive results that contributed to the built environment around the world.

    The full presentation video will be uploaded onto our website in the coming weeks.

  • October 18, 2019

    >>> MENTORS WANTED! <<<

    Do you want to mentor one of the 30+ talented students and aspiring architects from City Tech, The Cooper Union, and PrincetonWE NEED YOU! 

    Please sign up here if you would like to attend this popular mentoring event at the Center for Architecture, on Wednesday, 6 November 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for the WIA Practitioner-Student Mentoring Fall Session.

    Come join us and share your wisdom and experience (10+ years) with these students to prepare them for a stimulating and exciting career in architecture!

    At our October Monthly Committee Meeting held at Beyer Blinder Belle, Sara Lopergolo, AIA, Partner at Selldorf Architects, gave a design presentation on The Frick Collection and The Museum of Contemporary Arts in San Diego. She shared her design process and challenges faced when designing the additions to existing and historic buildings, while achieving extraordinary contemporary and elegant solutions in making the spaces more inviting, easily accessible, and setting a new destination for art lovers.

    You can access the full WIA October Meeting Agenda here.

    Thank you all in advance for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

  • Have you achieved licensure between December 2018 and December 2019? The Women in Architecture Recognition Award honors one recently licensed woman architect who demonstrates strong leadership skills and a commitment to the growth and advancement of our profession. The selected recipient receives a $1,000 stipend towards travel and miscellaneous expenses at the AIA Conference on Architecture, which will be held in Los Angeles, May 14 – 16, 2020.

    Eligible candidates must have achieved licensure between December 2018 and December of 2019 and live in the New York City area.

    How to Enter

    • One essay of not more than 500 words describing your leadership role in the professional community
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Proof of licensure

    The submission deadline is December 18, 2019. The entry package must be submitted as one PDF file (max 6MB) to

    The winner will be announced during the WIA Annual New Year Party, which will be at the Fisher Paykel Showroom on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

    We look forward to receiving your applications!

  • October 17, 2019

    To foster a stimulating design and professional practice exchange, AIA Women in Architecture Committees from both New York and New Orleans organized a full-day symposium of design presentations and discussions of professional practice strategies, centering the voices of women in architecture from New York and New Orleans as a means to develop and promote women leaders in architecture and the allied design and building industries, with goals and initiatives for the advancement of women in the architecture profession.

    Architects from each city showcased projects in the context of the communities they work with, followed by an engaging series of discussions focused on Design Leadership, Workplace Culture, Professional Practice & Development, and Advocacy & Activism.

    AIA New Orleans also hosted a half-day Women Built Central City Tour the next day, along the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, featuring the neighborhood history, projects, and spaces designed, built, developed and led by women.

    You can access the Takeaways and Summary here.


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