AIA Dallas WIA presents EMPOWERING: Helping Women Create Their Own Destiny.

We are delighted to announce EMPOWERING, a half day conference to inspire, promote, encourage, and empower women in the design industry. Please join us for inspirational and energetic presentations that showcase women who are leading the profession.

Door opens at 11:45a, programming begins promptly at 12:30p. Please be advised that lunch is not provided, please plan accordingly.


  • Session 1:
    Reshaping Your Career: You're Only As Strong As Your Dream | Amy Rogers and Carole Steadham, Hon. AIA
    Embracing Life's Challenges and Creating Success for Yourself | Vibhuti (Vickie) Patel
    Goal Setting | Mahbuba Khan, AIA
  • Session 2:
    Textile Arts and the Architectural Design Process | Kate Aoki, Assoc. AIA
    The Power of Soft Skills in Developing Client Relationships | Cindy W Simpson, IIDA
  • Session 3:
    Working in a Man's World | Laura Juarez Baggett, AIA
    Finding your Voice | Vandana Nayak, AIA
  • Panel Discussion:
    Panelists | Zaida Basora, FAIA | Jane Landry, FAIA | Jennifer Workman, AIA
    Moderated by Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA
  • Keynote:   
    Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, was inaugurated as the 91st AIA president on Dec. 12, 2014. Born in Nanjing, China, Richter grew up in Hong Kong and Dallas. She earned her B.Arch. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and joined Kipp Richter & Associates in 1989. Richter won an AIA Young Architects Award in 2001 for her role in increasing public awareness about regional and urban issues through her public radio series, "The Shape of Texas,” which ran on NPR affiliates from 1998 to 2011. In 2005, Richter entered the College of Fellows of the AIA, and in 2007, she served as president of the Texas Society of Architects. She has also served as a regional director representing Texas on the AIA's National Board of Directors. She not only served as the AIA president, she also maintained her position as principal of Corpus Christi, Texas-based Richter Architects.

The afternoon will close with a happy hour to network and continue the conversation!


WIA brings AIA Dallas women together for friendship, networking, and collaboration while empowering members to impact their practice, profession, and community.