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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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META-MENTORSHIP - Part I: Employment Synergy

  • Anderson Brulé Architects San Jose Office 325 S 1st Street, 4th Floor San Jose, California (map)


The WIA Mentoring Workshop event will kick off this year's WIA events series by helping mentors and mentees develop context-specific mentorship processes. The workshop will include mentorship case studies, a presentation of best practices in mentorship, and small-group discussion and networking opportunities.  People interested in being either mentors or mentees can gain insight into different ways to identify opportunities for mentorship and ways to structure the process.

The workshop will be led by Pamela Anderson Brulé, founder and the President of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc., and Michelle Ney, Principal and Senior Project Architect of Devcon Construction, and hosted by Anderson Brulé Architects. Light refreshments will be served.

Location : Anderson Brulé Architects
Date : Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm


META-MENTORSHIP updated information

Please note the update to the scheduling for this event:

We are splitting the Meta-Mentorship workshop into two parts. Due to the enormous interest generated by the “Plan Your Own Promotion” blog last October, we will offer :

Part I : Employment Synergy – a conversation on planning the plan for career development, reviewing material discussed in 2017 at the first “Professional Advice and Mentoring” session lead by Pamela Anderson-Brulé – 27 February 2018

Part II : Models of Mentorship  a panel discussion that will feature both mentors and mentees, with a presentation on best practices and open dialogue about how to approach mentorship – lead by Michelle Ney and Pamela Anderson-Brulé with Cristina Greavu – 16 May 2018

Both sessions will promote career development and expanded mentorship for our members. We hope that you can join us for one or both of these sessions!



Pamela Anderson-Brulé is a founder and the president of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc. Her career has been dedicated to creating an architectural design process that considers the holistic approach to achieving all of her clients’ vision for how they live, work, play, and thrive. She believes that truly exceptional architecture balances the human, social, economic and environmental needs of individuals and sustains the community in which it is created. Pamela’s postgraduate studies in business management have augmented her strong belief and emphasis in team building and expectation development. She is a careful communicator that believes in an inclusive and meaningful process whether for a large community project or an individual home.



Michelle Ney is an NCARB certified Architect licensed in California and Nevada, and is a principal and Senior Project Architect of Devcon Construction, where she has been practicing for over 30 years. Over that time, Devcon’s design team has grown with the valley from a small handful of architects and interior designers specializing in concrete tilt ups and small interiors to a design staff of over forty people, working on a variety of project types including commercial, institutional, entertainment, retail, hospitality, sports, and residential. Michelle plays a key role in the management of Devcon’s design department and directly oversees a variety of design/build projects. On each project, Michelle manages an in-house staff and external consultants to meet and exceed the project design objectives and to produce collaborative BIM and drawing documentation. 

Michelle is a San Jose native and holds an accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She served on the AIA Santa Clara Valley Board as Director in 2007-2008, and rejoined the Board in 2016 as Vice President, serving as President in 2017 at which time she lead the efforts to re-brand the Chapter as AIA Silicon Valley. Michelle has seen Santa Clara Valley evolve over time from a small farming community to the global economic powerhouse that is Silicon Valley, and is especially excited in her current role on the Board as 2018 AIA Silicon Valley Past President in support of our talented Silicon Valley Architects to mindfully address evolving local and regional design issues that shape our future in one of the most dynamic places to live work and play in the world. 

Michelle enjoys traveling, running, sailing, fine wine, and enjoys time in her Willow Glen Craftsman Bungalow with her partner Jett, and their two small dogs.




1) An event helping potential mentors and mentees structure mentorship processes and understand how to develop context-specific approaches.

2) Can help participants prepare for the upcoming Architectural Intelligence Conference.

3) Opportunity to learn about examples of mentoring and best practices.

4) Opportunity to talk to others about their experiences and interests in mentorship/career planning.

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Earlier Event: December 31
2018 Events TBD!