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

    2022 YAF/WID 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 series will explore the exciting innovations and advancements that

    International Women’s Day 2022

    In principle and in practice, AIA Seattle values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of architecture. Over 60% of AIA Seattle leaders are women, including Board, Committee Chairs, and Staff, and our chapter continues to exceed the national average

    Committee Events

    Seattle Design Festival

    Kalidespace by CallisonRTKL and Bayley Construction at SDF 2021

    Seattle Design Festival

    Seattle Design Festival connects designers, community members and civic leaders to explore the ways design improves our city and our lives - August 20-26, 2022. Read more