This committee is composed of women architects and allies in the Chapter for the purpose of increasing the incidence and visibility of women in architecture and in related design and construction industries.
We exist to bring awareness to the gender disparity that exists in the profession in order to achieve equality.
We exist to empower women by fostering growth, building leaders and role models, promoting the success of women architects, being a catalyst to equality and fair treatment, bringing about balance in the profession, and by redefining success.
The WIA Committee will commence as a group that supports equality and women’s issues. As our group gains momentum, grows and diversifies we welcome the notion of evolving into a Diversity Committee, of which the WIA committee and other similar minority committees would become subgroups as suggested by the AIASCV Board.
The goal of the WIA Committee is to stimulate women’s growth in the profession through sustained activities that provide mentorship and networking opportunities that enable women in architecture to reach their full potential. The WIA Committee will strive to support the natural progression, from student to registered architect, to leaders in the profession and community. The WIA will foster women leaders in the profession and allow all women architects the ability and opportunity to give back to the profession and the community.
We welcome you to join the group and get involved with us.
The success of women in architecture requires a cultural shift in which industry leadership works to ensure equitable practices that infiltrate all areas of the professional environment. We work to educate and develop those fair and equitable leaders.
WOMEN IN FAIA
We pledge to mentor and promote fellowship to women architects in order to strengthen representation within this prestigious group.
ADVOCACY & ALLIANCES
We are strong because our network is strong. Our mission is to partner with other groups, chapters, and policy makers in order to amplify our impact across multiple platforms.
The ability to balance personal life choices with the professional practice of architecture is one of the top reasons why women leave the industry. We encourage firm owners to offer flexible benefits as well as train women how to integrate a full work and life without compromise.
In order to overcome career pinch points, we help encourage professional development for women in architecture, providing training workshops, management templates, and resources to further education.
The emerging professionals are our future, so we must ensure that we train and encourage equitable practices from the start. We offer mentorship to young women in architecture to build confidence and strength in our future architects.
Megan Blaine, AIA
Megan’s diverse Architectural background includes work at all scales, from interiors and carpet pattern design to large scale commercial developments, and luxury resort masterplans. Megan has worked on projects across the world, from Oman, to Turkey, Copenhagen, Mallorca, and California. Driven to create experiential spaces that evoke emotional affect, Megan’s focus is to connect the users with the Architecture at a deeper, more powerful level so that each project leaves a lasting impact.
Angshupriya Pathak, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
With over a decade of experience in mixed-use multi-family urban infill projects, single family residential and commercial TI’s in the Bay Area, Angshu thrives on collaborative problem solving, from the design process through construction. She is passionate about working towards an equitable practice in the Profession through strategic mentoring. The Women in Architecture Committee has proved to be her platform to cause change. Angshu is happiest when she is designing and using her hands as creative tools, be it painting with oils on canvas, or crafting silver jewelry.
Pam Anderson-Brulé, FAIA
Pamela Anderson-Brulé is a founder and the president of Anderson Brulé Architects, Inc. Her career has been dedicated to creating an architectural design process that considers the holistic approach to achieving all of her clients’ vision for how they live, work, play, and thrive. She believes that truly exceptional architecture balances the human, social, economic and environmental needs of individuals and sustains the community in which it is created. Pamela’s postgraduate studies in business management have augmented her strong belief and emphasis in team building and expectation development. She is a careful communicator that believes in an inclusive and meaningful process whether for a large community project or an individual home.
Sharon Refvem, AIA, LEED Fellow
Sharon Refvem, AIA, LEED Fellow is a Senior Associate and Director of the Sustainability Resource Group at Hawley Peterson Snyder (HPS), as well as a member of the AIA-SCV Board of Directors and AIA-CC COTE. She has served as Project Architect and/or Sustainability Lead on a number of award winning projects for the Packard, Hewlett, and Moore Foundations, UC Santa Cruz, Google, and Kaiser Permanente. She is a founding member and past President of U.S. Green Building Council Northern California. Prior to joining HPS, she practiced architecture in Switzerland and taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Mariana Alvarez Parga, AIA, LEED AP
Mariana Alvarez Parga is the Director of Architecture + Sustainability at MADI Group Inc. as well as an Architect, achiever, learner, strategist, dreamer, friend, mentor, mother of two, and wife of patient husband.
She commands over 18 years of experience in Argentina and the U.S. on a variety of projects, ranging from educational and community/civic to hospitality, commercial and mixed-use structures. Mariana was a presenter at DSA “7x7x7 Design Energy Water” series and is very passionate about her work.
Patricia Galván, AIA
Patricia is a Project Architect at David Whitney Architects. She carries over 10 years of experience in the architecture and design industry, working on various projects including health care clinics, high-density residential homes, commercial tenant improvements and confidential projects. Born and raised in the San Francisco South Bay, in 2006 Patricia returned to the area after completing the Bachelors of Architecture Degree Program at the University of Southern California and working for a few years in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
With an abundance of passion for equity and equality, Patricia served as the Founding Chair of the WIA Committee in 2016.
Leah Alissa Bayer, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Leah is an emerging professional, designer, and entrepreneur who graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014. She works as a Project Manager for William Maston Architect & Associates in Mountain View, CA, where she leads large teams of AEC professionals in mixed-use, multi-family, and single family residential projects. Leah is also owner of EVIA, a research, design, and development firm, which she founded in 2016 in order to further pursue her passion for big-picture visioning for a better built environment.
director of events
Annalee Groner, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Annalee currently holds a position as a Designer at Aedis Architects. Over the past couple years she has gained a great deal of experience with educational projects, many in the public sector. She has been involved in the design and construction of multiple building types, from single and multi-story classroom buildings to multi-use buildings, as well as campus master planning, and design of exterior spaces. Her past experience includes high-end residential, with some time spent working in multi-family development, historic preservation, and experience working abroad in Rome, Italy. Annalee is very passionate about exploring new ways to incorporate sustainable thinking into the foundation of architectural design. To create a method of producing buildings and spaces that tie uniquely into the surrounding environment, while cultivating an impactful experiential connection with the user.
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Mani Ardalan Farhadi, Assoc. AIA, LEEP AP
Mani Ardalan Farhadi, LEED AP, is Senior Associate, Senior Programmer/Project Manager at Steinberg. Garnering 30 years of experience, Mani has expertise in higher education & K-12 visioning, programming, master planning, and consensus-building. She obtained her professional B. Arch degree from Boston Architectural College, following a BA in Architecture degree from Wellesley College. From eastern roots, blended with western upbringing, she brings a wealth of perspective. Mani’s volunteer leadership roles include Board of Trustee member and Chair of Bond Oversight Committee for Los Gatos Union School District, for which she received ‘Citizen Architect’ award.
Stephanie Silkwood, AIA
Stephanie is an Associate at RMW Architecture & Interiors in San Jose, CA. She is a licensed architect with over six years of experience in commercial architecture since graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Stephanie is an advocate for the advancement of emerging professionals and has spent many years volunteering her time for her local AIA chapter, NCARB, the AIA California Council, and the California Architects Board and in 2016 was a recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award.
AIA CC Liason
Britt Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP
Britt is a Project Architect leading technical design and implementation of Workplace Tenant Improvement projects across Silicon Valley. She is an AIA SCV past-president, recipient of the 2016 Women of Influence award, and current First VP / President Elect for AIA California Council.
Katia McClain, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C
Over the past two decades, Katia has been involved in the design, management and construction of complex architectural programs for both public and private educational and commercial clients. In addition to her experience studying and working in the cultural capitals of Latin America and Europe, here in the United States, Katia has developed an expertise in leading large educational projects. She encourages an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and collaboration in order to create spaces that have a positive effect on human outcomes.