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Practice & Identity: Powerful Stories of Women Designing with Purpose

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Gender. Race. Identity. We all wear multiple hats and represent a mixed bag of roles: architect, mom, friend, sister, daughter. Stories give voice to the rich diversity of our world and honor our shared humanity. We invite you to hear powerful stories from women who have built design practices and nonprofits around the unique identity of their respective communities. Alicia Ponce, AIA, is the founder of her firm APMonarch and the nonprofit Arquitina, and she is the author of Latinas in Architecture. April De Simone is a principal at Trahan Architects and founder of designing the WE, a for-benefit social design studio. Tamarah Begay, AIA, is the founder of Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture, a Navajo woman-owned architectural firm. And our moderator, Tiara Hughes, is the founder of The First 500, a community of Black women architects. Let us honor the women who are bravely breaking stereotypes and glass ceilings. 

Learning Objectives


Enhance their understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion and how to support underrepresented individuals to thrive in the workplace.


Build a mission-driven organization, non-profit, or business from the ground up.


Employ leadership qualities that start with empathy and instill empowerment in ALL employees. 


Cultivate supportive workplaces that integrate belonging at the core with the ultimate goal of improving retention of women in the practice of architecture.