Women's Leadership Summit - Women Inspiring Design, Equity in Architecture

WIDEA (Women Inspiring Design, Equity in Architecture) is a campaign to raise public awareness of architects and how the profession's specialized training and experience in technology and aesthetics contribute to society.


Dina Griffin, AIA will share her unusual path to the profession as well as important milestones and obstacles overcome in her leadership journey. She will also discuss her firm, Interactive Design Associates, the practice's underlying philosophy and how it has led to incredible projects including a collaboration with Renzo Piano on the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing project and the role of associate architect with Tod Williams | Billie Tsien Architects for the Obama Presidential Center. Griffin will also shed insight on the continuing low percent of people of color in the profession and the importance of mentoring and outreach to students and young professionals. Dina Griffin has earned a spot on EBONY magazine's 2016 EBONY POWER 100 list, which celebrates the world's most inspiring African- Americans.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the unusual career development story for one of the preeminent architects of our time.
  • Examine the underlying philosophy of Interactive Design Architects and how it has lead to incredible collaborations and projects.
  • Discuss the challenges of leading a design firm from the perspective of an African-American Woman Architect.
  • Apply strategies for expanding the numbers and roles of women and men of color in architecture and design professions.
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  • Dina Griffin


    President, IDEA

    Dina became president of IDEA in 1999. Her experience in educational, municipal and corporate...