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Social Change Through Design

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This course showcases the WLS 2023 kicked off with a keynote event that explores the theme of Equity x Society—the intersection of advocacy, women's social issues, and the role of the building industry. Part keynote address, part panel discussion, this experience looks at the universal challenges women face and some of the bold, brave, creative solutions our keynoter, panelists, and AIA leaders have been able to achieve through fearless leadership. Opening remarks by 2023 AIA President Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA and AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE. 

Panelists include Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Boston, Tiffany Chu, Co-Chair for the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, Evelyn Murphy, 2023 Boston Society for Architecture President, Andrea Love, FAIA, and 2024 AIA National 2024 President-Elect, Kimberly Dowdell, AIA.

Course expires 11/02/2026


Learning Objectives


Understand how the profession of architecture has an impact on society and how firms and practitioners can advocate for equity within the communities they serve.



Identify ways that policy can shape the built environment and how buildings have an impact on the way we live, work, and play.



Identify ways that AEC organizations can make their respective professions representative of the communities that they serve.


List actionable steps practitioners, citizens, and local leaders can take to have an active voice and role in shaping policy decisions made at the hyperlocal level.