I Am AIA:
Whitney Lewis Assoc. AIAExpand
Whitney is an East Coast native who's called the West Coast home for the last 10 years and Washington state the last 5. Currently, Whitney volunteers as one of the co-chairs of AIA Seattle’s Diversity Roundtable where she is working to promote the committee locally and at a national level. Whitney is finishing a 3 year term as a member of the Membership Steering Committee. Whitney has been working at GGLO within their affordable housing group for the last year and a half. In and outside of work she seeks to make connections to encourage and promote diversity and equity in architecture and the built environment.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
I joined AIA Seattle because I was new to town and wanted to immerse myself in the architecture scene. I found out about Diversity Roundtable – went to a meeting, met Meredith Everist and the rest as they say is history. The better question is probably why do I continue my membership, so I’ll answer that. For me, work is great – it of course pays the bills and allows me to stretch and grow but AIA Seattle allows me to connect with people I would never have the chance to meet at work. AIA Seattle has allowed me to connect with architects and designers of color which as a young designer – I need to see and be around. Furthermore, it’s the stories, the history of people who have been in the Seattle area, who have helped change it and seen what it once was that’s the reason why I joined and why I stay. We’re only as good as the people we surround ourselves with – I want to surround myself with like minded individuals but also those who will challenge me for the better.
What is the value of AIA to you?
What relationships have you created?
I’ve created and been the beneficiary of a lot of different relationships from friendships to professional, mentors and champions. It’s lifelong and long lasting.