Women in Design

The Women in Design Committee celebrates women in the design professions and supports their professional development and leadership growth by providing a forum for thoughtful discussion and networking. We seek to raise the awareness and understanding of the current state of gender diversity and elevate the influence of women leaders in our profession.

The Women in Design Committee hosts evening panel discussions, book salons, dine around events, and co-presents monthly happy hours with the Young Architects Forum which are hosted by local architecture, construction, and built environment design firms.  In 2015, the Women in Design Committee hosted the national Women’s Leadership Summit and in 2019 co-hosted the Conversations Towards an Equitable Practice discussion series with Diversity Roundtable.


The Women in Design Committee meets the fourth Thursday of every month at noon, currently via Zoom due to COVID-19. AIA Seattle members, allied members and sponsors are encouraged to join as well as other professionals in the design community. New and interested members are welcome at any monthly meeting, no pre-registration is required.

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The Women in Design Committee serves AIA Seattle’s Member vision.

Committee Chair(s):

  • Michelle Yates, AIA
  • Taber Caton AIA
  • Anna Leach, AIA
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    Updates from Women in Design

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Diversity By Design

      Visit the Diversity by Design website to see projects that have already been submitted. By continuing to promote and share the impact and experiences as underrepresented designers, Diversity Roundtable hopes to encourage not only youth but currently practicing professionals

    International Women’s Day 2019

    According to data from NCARB, women and men have been graduating with architectural degrees in roughly equal numbers for the last twenty years and yet, as of 2017, only 19% of licensed architects are women. Fewer than 1% of respondents

    Committee Events

    Seattle Design Festival

    Kalidespace by CallisonRTKL and Bayley Construction at SDF 2021

    Seattle Design Festival

    Seattle Design Festival connected designers, community members and civic leaders to explore the ways design improves our city and our lives - August 21-22, 2021. Read more