Women In Architecture Silicon Valley


Join us at our next WIA event

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.

From the WIA Instagram Feed:

Upcoming Events:

Back to All Events

Positioning Yourself on the Spectrum of Intersectional Identities

  • Anderson Brulé Architects 325 S First Street San Jose (map)

Positioning Yourself on the Spectrum of Intersectional Identities

90 minute workshop


This interactive workshop begins with building an understanding of our identities relative to each other to be reflected on regularly. With an emphasis on sharing stories, participants draw upon their lived experiences and discuss their identities relative to a spectrum of various societal privileges and distributions of power. The goal is to establish a reference vocabulary for personal introspection while laying the foundation of an ongoing self-reflective practice. Participants are asked to be available for the entirety of workshop. [max of 25 participants].


The intended learning outcomes are:

●      Bring empathy towards others’ lived experiences for a better understanding of biases in society;

●      Bring a self-awareness of unintended bias in the workplace;

●      Establish a self-reflective practice to contextualize personal identity;

●      Build an awareness of personal power and privilege;

●      Establish a reference vocabulary for personal introspection

About the Speaker:


Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 25 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She is founder of Public Design for Equity, an equity-driven practice for equity-driven outcomes; co-director of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program for social equity; and founder of FIELD Design Network, a forum that builds capacity for underrepresented designers. She is Associate Professor in Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts where she teaches at the intersection of design and community engagement. Shalini is a board member of Association for Community Design and Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility. She is an invited speaker and workshop facilitator at several national conferences and has been awarded the Interior Design Education Council's award for Community Service. She is a Leaderspring Fellow in the Women of Color 2020 Leaders cohort. Shalini is a contributing author to the new publications Design for Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity and Public Interest Design Education Guidebook. 

Later Event: August 21
Voices at the Top: Built to Last