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 Exhibition at King Street Station

    Diversity Roundtable invites Architects and Architecture firms to celebrate the work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) designers, designers of all genders, LGBTQI+ designers, designers with disabilities, immigrant designers, and more. Projects will be digitally exhibited at ARTS

    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

    2019 SIAF + DRT Social Hour

    The AIA Seattle Social Hour Series is a bimonthly gathering presented by the Seattle International Architecture Forum and Diversity Roundtable committees to encourage connections amongst diverse practitioners within the Seattle design community. Please join us for an opportunity to engage in discussions

    WID + DRT: Conversations Towards An Equitable Practice

    Despite increasing diversity in students and young professionals entering the field, architecture remains a remarkably homogeneous profession. The retention statistics are alarming. We are losing potential talent and important perspectives. How can we help retain more diverse voices in our

    2018 Happy Hour Series

    The AIA Seattle Happy Hour Series is a monthly gathering presented by the Young Architects Forum and Women in Design committees to encourage connections within the Seattle design community. This year’s happy hours will explore the social, environmental, and cultural responsibilities of design. JOIN US EVERY

    Thank You to 2017 Departing Board Members and Committee Chairs!

    It is through these passionate members that we have successfully engaged our community of architects and other design related professionals in meaningful conversations about the value of design and the professsion. A tremendous thank you for the gift of your time,

    2019 Happy Hour Series

    Attend the AIA Seattle Happy Hour Series for the chance to grab a drink, socialize with peers, and hear from designers at the host firms. Read more


      Join us for our monthly meetings set the fourth Thursday of every month at 4:30pm at the AIA Seattle office. AIA Seattle members, allied members, and sponsors are encouraged to join, as well as professionals in the design community.

    Volunteer & Committee Awards

    AIA Seattle recognizes our hardworking and dedicated volunteers through a set of awards, the Volunteer Award and Committee Award, to acknowledge individuals and committees who demonstrate a high level of leadership, involvement and outstanding contribution to the organization. Read more

    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