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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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AI.19: Architectural Intelligence - Framing the Future of Silicon Valley

  • San Jose Convention Center 150 West San Carlos Street San Jose, CA, 95113 United States (map)

AI.19: Architectural Intelligence Conference - Framing The Future

March 1st, 2019 at the San Jose Convention Center

The American Institute of Architects, Silicon Valley Chapter presents AI.19, the Architectural Intelligence Conference, to inspire and inform architects and our allies as we Frame the Future of Silicon Valley. Aligning our industry with a valley that has proven command of global Leadership and Innovation, we too commit to shaping and influencing the world with better, smarter design.

This one-day conference examines some of the most pressing challenges facing our industry and offers expert intelligence on how we can elevate our local communities. The AI 2019 Conference focuses the discussion on Innovation, Sustainability, and Equity + Leadership in the Silicon Valley.  These three session tracks provide specific learning and growth opportunities, while the lineup of exceptional speakers, vendor fair, and networking opportunities will inspire and connect attendees to a larger, far-reaching purpose. 

6 HSW / LU Credits Pending




Julie Eizenberg
Founding Principal, KoningEizenberg Architecture
People Places: The Power of Emotional Intelligence



Antwi Akom, PhD.
Founding Director of Social Innovation & Urban Opportunity Lab, UCSF & SFSU
Co-Founder of Streetwyze
Creating Equitable Smart Cities of the Future: Planning for the people...by the people...and the power of collaboration



Industry leaders share strategies for raising the bar when it comes to sustainable design and development. This session track will challenge the profession to better use design as a tool to not only improve our health, but the health of our entire planet. AI.19 focuses on timely topics such as Net Zero Energy, Decarbonization, Sustainable Practice, and thinking beyond  Zero Waste when looking into the future of our rapidly evolving world.


Equity and the need for leadership are two of the most profound topics on the global, national, and local stage. From passionate social revolutions to preparing for a world run by machines, a couple things are certain: diversity is critical to innovation, and soft skills, particularly leadership, communication and engagement, are the most sought-after qualities of the future. Our expert lineup will share invaluable takeaways on how equity, diversity, and inclusion can be integrated into your daily practice, connecting to people and engaging community for positive change, and how to lead in 2019 and beyond.


In an advancement-centered society, technology and innovative thinking have become a highly integrated aspect of our human experience. Yet, in this fast-paced way of life, when do we take a step back to see how this advancement is affecting our lives as individuals, and the people and places around us? Forward-looking models, systems, and ideas are challenging the status quo and changing the way we work and live. Our AI.19 thought-leaders will spark the dialogue on how innovative science, technology and people-centered strategies are influencing our world today, and the role mindfulness can play in shaping happy, healthy, and equitable cities of the future.

Earlier Event: December 8
AIASV WIA Annual Retreat
Later Event: March 27
Advocating for Self: A Workshop