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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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Speaking Up and Being Heard: Architectural Activism

  • KBM Showroom 225 W Santa Clara Street, 15th Floor San Jose, CA (map)

To advocate effectively for oneself and the profession, making real change for the better, it is imperative to speak up, be heard, and lead confidently.  Join us for a fireside chat-style evening with special guest AIA Orange County advocate, communicator, and achiever Meghana Joshi, Assoc AIA, and local AIA National Board At-Large Director-Elect Britt Lindberg, AIA. Learn from their experiences how to achieve professional goals, and come armed with questions seeking advice for how you can succeed as well. All genders and design industry allies welcome!


Britt Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP


Britt is a Senior Associate at Gensler, working in their San Jose, CA, office. With over ten years of architectural experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, Britt has developed a thorough and reliable skill set that makes her a highly valuable Project Architect team member. From master planning, to design, construction and close out, Britt drives and leads project implementation, with exceptional team leadership and problem solving skills that are essential to the project's and firm's success. 

Britt is also very active in the AIA at the national, state, and local levels. She was 2018 President of AIA California, 2014 President of AIA Silicon Valley, and has been elected to serve as 2020-2022 AIA National Board At-Large Director. In these roles, she helps to plan and lead programs that provide educational, networking, advocacy, and public outreach opportunities for all architectural professionals. Her leadership in these efforts was recently recognized through receipt of the 2016 SV Business Journal 'Women of Influence' award, and 2013 AIA California Council's Academy of Emerging Professionals Young Architect Award.


Meghana Joshi, Assoc. AIA


An Associate at WHA Inc, Meghana Joshi specializes in senior and affordable housing solutions. Her projects have been honored with multiple SAGE Gold, PCBC Gold Nugget, SoCal, Argentum, & NAHB awards. She received 2018 AIA California’s “Associate” award and “Presidential Citation” honoring her commitment to the profession. At AIA Orange County, she is the Founder/ Chair of Women in Architecture Committee, and Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Under “Project Amplify” that she founded, she amplifies and celebrates voices and works of minority architects throughout the world with diverse projects. Furthering her passion for life/ safety in architecture, Meghana has invented an artificial intelligence powered smart device. She presented seminars on "Enhancing Life and Safety through Artificial Intelligence" at AECNext/ SPAR 3D Conference & A’19 Conference on Conference on Architecture. Meghana’s professional contributions were honored at “Say it Loud” exhibit at A’19 Conference, and she is one of the “Inspiring Moms of 2019” for OC Register.

Earlier Event: August 21
Voices at the Top: Built to Last
Later Event: November 13
Shifting the Focus