The third in a series of summits started by the Boston Women Principals Group in 2009 and
followed by Kansas City in 2011; the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit 2013 gathers voices of
Architects serving in various leadership roles, including, Principals, Educators, Owners, Designers, Environmentalists and Innovators, in an intimate setting to discuss the challenges and
opportunities for women practicing architecture today. The Summit strives to engage speakers and attendees in an open, conversational setting to share both personal and work experiences toward
positive contributions through the practice of architecture.
The 2-day, 5 to 6 session event begins on Day 1 with an update from National AIA Leadership on
new changes to the organization, Marilyn Taylor, FAIA, as keynote speaker, panel discussions, break-out sessions, pecha-kucha presentations, and informal opportunities to shed light on successful endeavors that “Go Beyond” traditional practice – for women in particular and the profession in general. Day 2 focuses on our collective body of work, inspired by the words of Billie Tsien, AIA, who will share her perspective on the subject at the Phoenix Art Museum in Downtown Phoenix – an outstanding example of one of her many contributions to Arts, Culture and the Urban Fabric.
Summit Contributors represent a cross section of Architects from around the United States, along
with invited guests from Canada and Europe. Unlike traditional conferences, where ideas are
prepared for delivery, the format for this event will foster a more informal sharing of experience,
ideas, and solutions.