AIA National Convention Miami – June 8-12


FR065  Design Your Network of Mentors: Connect with Diverse Women in Design

1.5 LU Hours

The nature of the construction industry has always been collaborative; building is a matter of team work. The people we meet or with whom we work facilitate project completion and generate career opportunities. People form long-term relationships based on common backgrounds, interests, or goals. Architecture, in particular, has always been a profession that has advanced by apprenticeship; mentoring happens on a daily basis. While emerging professionals seek out guidance to help navigate the uncertainties of advancing a career path, seasoned practitioners require insight into current trends and new technologies in the workforce. Many local AIA chapters have instituted structured mentoring programs that develop local networks of support; with this event, the Women in Architecture Committee aims to connect women from across the country. Attendees will be broken into groups of four or five and will be given some time to network with other practitioners. The groups will rotate so every participant is exposed to a variety of perspectives within the field. Women are encouraged to serve as both mentors and mentees—to offer advice, to share knowledge and experiences, and to talk about career goals, work- life balance issues, and advancing in the workplace. The goal is to develop a network that provides support to women and that helps sustain them in the workplace. This session will provide opportunities to make contacts with people that offer different perspectives and to speak objectively in an intimate environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and promote the importance of women in our field and celebrate their involvement, which continues to shape the future of our profession
  • Recognize the benefits of developing networks that provide support to women and that help to sustain them in the workplace
  • Identify key issues that are prominent in the work place
  • Recognize the advantages of connecting with other women professionals in the industry from around the world.


 Speaker(s): Lori Cardeli, Assoc. AIA; Angelina Pinto; and Diane Tien, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB  

Provider(s): Women in Architecture Committee, New York City Chapter 

Friday, 4:00PM- 5:30PM 



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