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2019 WIA Events

The WIA (Women in Architecture) is a subcommittee of the AIA Silicon Valley. Founded in 2015, the committee’s focus is on expanding equity, equality, and diversity in the profession of architecture. The WIA offers programs which empower and support women as they establish their professional identities, develop their career paths, and find their leadership direction. Gender serves as a gateway topic to addressing experiences of diversity - allowing a flexible and expansive focus on topics. These are addressed through our events as the committee members and event guests navigate their intersectional identities and the challenges of living and working in a complex socio-historic context, a dynamic economic and technological region, and a turbulent political climate.

The WIA is pleased to announce the 2019 events theme: Advocacy. The events will address topics in advocacy scaling from self-advocacy to advocacy for others and advocacy for the community. As the year progresses, conversations will explore how articulating experience and goals can impact individuals both professionally and personally. The ultimate goal of this year’s events is to promote a more diverse and equitable field by enhancing communication and empathy.

Join us at the events listed below to explore more about advocacy! Both members and non-members are welcome.

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Women in Leadership Breakfast #2

  • Hawley Peterson Snyder 1237 E Arques Ave B Sunnyvale, CA 94085 USA (map)

Join us in an intimate breakfast setting for a discussion, and venture into the mind and experience of a leader within our industry, Architect Sharon Refvam, AIA, LEED Fellow, Snior Project Architect and Director of the Sustainability Resource Group at HPS!

The event will start off with a brief presentation of the chosen architect’s life work, what challenges they’ve faced and how they got to where they are today. We will then transition into questions, and an opportunity for open dialogue focused around what the attendees want to know, so get ready to ask away!

* Free admission, food and refreshments will be provided.


 1. Discuss challenges and practices in developing a career in architecture while balancing ones life. Sharon will speak to her experience and FAIA application preparation, provide an individual workshop.

2. Develop a strategy to set and achieve career milestones, during the challenges one might face as a woman leader in the profession.

3. Approach personal life with asimilar strategy - set life milestones and goals (perhaps specific to women in the profession.) Develop a strategy for achievement.

4. Understand Sharon's challenges and her solutions, leadership and fellowship as a career goal, we encourage women to prepare and submit applications for AIA fellowship. We'll listen to her recommendations.

Earlier Event: September 28
Quarterly Event #4: P.A.M.
Later Event: December 31
2018 Events TBD!