Women in Architecture (WiA)

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, all events are virtual until further notice.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: SPOTLIGHT SERIES
Women in Architecture AIA Austin wants to Spotlight women and their work in the architecture, design, and construction within the Austin community in order to promote, validate, and illuminate women at all levels of their careers.

We want to hear from you! Nominate someone in the industry that you appreciate, has mentored you, and/or inspires you. All women in the Austin architecture, engineering, and construction community are eligible for nomination. As always, advocating for oneself is highly encouraged.

Link to the nomination survey here.


The Women in Architecture Committee invites you to watch the following films and recorded events produced by the committee. Click on the images to watch.

 

'Profiles' Interview Series

The first full interview for our newly launched 'Profiles' interview video series, featuring Maija Kreishman, AIA, from Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Produced by
Committee Chair - Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Committee Chair-Elect - Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA
Sub-committee Chair - Alexandra Chaves , Assoc. AIA
Video Production and Editing: Gus Bernal https://www.gusbernal.com/

 

The second full interview for our newly launched 'Profiles' interview video series, featuring Wendy Dunnam Tita, FAIA, from Page
Produced by
Committee Chair - Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Committee Chair-Elect - Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA
Sub-committee Chair - Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA
Video Production and Editing: Gus Bernal https://www.gusbernal.com/

 

The third full interview for our newly launched 'Profiles' interview video series, featuring Christine Sheng, Assoc. AIA, and Cisco Hobbs from Rogers-O'Brien Construction
Produced by
Committee Chair - Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Committee Chair-Elect - Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA
Sub-committee Chair - Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA
Video Production and Editing: Gus Bernal https://www.gusbernal.com/

 

The fourth full interview for our newly launched 'Profiles' interview video series, featuring Meeta Morrison, AIA - MMD Architecture 
Produced by
Committee Chair - Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Committee Chair-Elect - Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA
Sub-committee Chair - Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA
Video Production and Editing: Gus Bernal https://www.gusbernal.com/

 

The fifth full interview for our newly launched 'Profiles' interview video series, featuring Heather McKinney, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, RID & Michelle Rossomando, AIA, RID - McKinney York Architects
Produced by
Committee Chair - Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Committee Chair-Elect - Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA
Sub-committee Chair - Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA
Video Production and Editing: Gus Bernal https://www.gusbernal.com/

 

The sixth full interview for our newly launched 'Profiles' interview video series, featuring Sangeetha Karthik, Corgan Dallas
Produced by
Committee Chair - Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Committee Chair-Elect - Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA
Sub-committee Chair - Alexandra Chaves, Assoc. AIA
Video Production and Editing: Gus Bernal https://www.gusbernal.com/

 

Women in Architecture 2021 Site Tours


The WiA Virtual Site Tour of Bear Creek Elementary in Southwest Austin highlights the school's design which offers innovative learning focused on collaboration, creativity, flexibility and outdoor learning opportunities. The discussion is around the design and construction challenges that were faced and overcome by this women led team.

 

The WiA Virtual Site Tour of 1111 W. 6th Street showcases the transformation of a previously inwardly developed site and home of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) headquarters, to a two-building class A office building development focused on strong outdoor connections. In the discussions, we learn how the team worked collaboratively to find creative solutions for the constraints that the existing structure imposed, and to deliver the project on schedule during the pandemic.

 


The WiA Virtual Site Tour of Hotel Magdalena explores the first mass timber boutique hotel in North America, located in the heart of Austin's South Congress neighborhood. We learn from the project team how the design for the hotel references the site's history, while showcasing sustainable structures and construction practices.

 

WiA Special Events and Films

What to Expect When You Are an Expecting Architect
A casual and informative discussion with our panel of super archi-moms and special guests about becoming our own best advocates in the workplace as parents and caretakers, as well as what our industry can do to retain some of its best talent: MOMS.

 

Advocacy Conversations 
A discussion among architects, urban designers, activists, and community leaders advocating for positive growth, healthy communities, and bottom-up revitalization of historically disinvested neighborhoods in Austin, sharing design and urban planning strategies for applying an equity lens to the built environment.
This series provides a framework for advocacy conversations with key influencers and decision makers, raising awareness of injustice, and strengthening efforts to reduce inequity in the development of our city.

 

 

WiA short film, A Violet Horizon
Featuring Jennifer Russo Cumberbatch
Produced by Stephanie Lemmo, Nkiru Gelles, Jes Deaver, and AIA Austin
Videography and Editing by Gustavo Bernal
Written by Jes Deaver and Jennifer Russo Cumberbatch

 

 

WiA was honored to be part of Austin Design Week 2020. Amidst the urban architecture of downtown Austin, we hosted a drive-in screening of Precise Poetry, a film about one of the 20th century’s most original and influential woman architects, Lina Bo Bardi, introduced by UT School of Architecture Professor Fernando Luiz Lara.


 

Connect with WiA: We invite you to learn more about the work of Women in Architecture and encourage you to become involved. Join our email list.

 

Mission:

To promote, validate, and illuminate the role of women within the architectural field through fostering community, fellowship, education, and outreach.

 

Meetings:

WiA Austin meets on the third Friday of every month at 8:30am.View the calendar here.


2021 Chair: Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA

2021 Chair-Elect: Stephanie Lemmo, Assoc. AIA

AIA Austin Staff Liaison: Julia Brown

 

Thank you to our 2021 committee sponsors:

 

Artisan Hardwood Floors logo

 

Gus Bernal logo

 

Indoor Weather Professionals logo

 

McCoy Rockford logo

 

McKinney York Architects logo


Michael Hsu Office of Architecture logo

MMD logo

 

Miller imaging & digital solutions logo

 

Page logo

 

Pfluger Architects

 

Pilgrim Building Company logo

 

Rogers O'Brien Construction logo

storybuilt. logo

 

 

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