Women's Leadership Summit

The first AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) began as a grassroots effort to bring together women principals of architecture firms, women in leadership positions, and women architects moving into leadership roles across the country for a‌n intense two-day summit focusing on leadership and design. Today, the summit spans a diverse spread of career stages and seeks to support all women in the profession.

Summit goals:

  • raise the profile of women in the profession
  • share and promote the design work of women
  • explore new paths to leadership
  • provide education opportunities related to women in the profession
  • learn from one another

Where women lead

WLS is one of the only gatherings where women architects and designers are surrounded by other women in a professional setting. That creates a candid, comfortable environment where women can contribute unique perspectives and facilitate conversations about challenges within the industry: Gaining respect on a construction site, negotiating, managing remote teams, getting promoted, and many others.

Session content addresses relevant topics within the industry and provides practical tools for attendees to implement at work right away. This year, AIA has combined continuing education with wellness activities, promoting the idea that health and professional development go hand in hand.

Although the architecture industry has historically struggled to retain women architects, more women today are finding ways to make the industry work for them. WLS exists to help you do just that.

Support the Summit through sponsorship opportunities

Firm and university opportunities

Illuminate equity in your workplace or university. Send your employees to WLS for an inspiring and educational experience that translates to the success of firms, universities, and the industry as a whole.

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Corporate opportunities

As more women pursue careers in architecture and design, their contributions shape the future of the industry. Join AIA as we support experienced and emerging women leaders.

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