Event LGBTQIA+ Alliance: Building Equity

March 10, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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A Virtual Zoom Event | Free

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Hosted by AIA Chicago’s LGBTQI+ Alliance & AIA Austin’s LGBTQIA+ Alliance

Join us for the virtual Building Equity event featuring a panel of esteemed speakers discussing design equity and the LGBTQIA+ community. We will also celebrate with a happy hour that features an interactive performance by Drag Queen Mini Pearl Necklace.

An equitable design profession is one where all people—regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, or disability—have the same access to opportunities and growth. How can we build equity into our profession and cities? What are the challenges we must overcome to create environments where everyone is encouraged to bring their full and authentic selves? During the panel we will hear from leaders who are advancing equitable spaces in their cities and equitable cultures in their professions, including how they’ve navigated through barriers and their visions for successful strategies.

AIA members, non-members, students and allies are all welcome to attend. Feel free to join with the alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.


  • Breeze Outlaw | Sasaki
  • Frankie Reynolds | Howard Brown Health Center   
  • Austin Davis Ruiz | The Montrose Center
  • Samantha Sikanas | Landscape + Urban Designer


dwg  Webber + Studio

Special thanks to the AIA Chicago sponsors for this event:

About the LGBTQIA+ Alliance

The LGBTQIA+ Alliance aims to create space for our LGBTQIA+ members to share stories, build community, and foster diversity and inclusion within our profession and organization. This month, the LGBTQIA+ Alliance will meet in in collaboration with the AIA Chicago LGBTQIA+ group. Allies and people beyond the architecture profession are welcome.

Connect with us: Join the LGBTQIA+ Alliance email list!

2021 Chair: Jason Medina, Assoc. AIA
2021 Chair-Elect: Joe D'Elia, AIA
AIA Austin Staff Liaison: Rob Hoffman