Women in Architecture

When:  Sep 13, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Women in architecture

1 LU|HSW, $0

Recent research suggests that equity and gender parity lead to greater productivity for architectural firms and increased employee satisfaction. Women in Architecture (WiA) groups have gained significant momentum within the past few years as architects have examined the ways in which women and minorities participate in the profession and productive ways to develop greater inclusion at all levels.

While only one in five of the AIA membership is female and a smaller subset are firm principals, a significant number of female architects specialize in the housing and community development areas of practice. 

In this webinar Juliet Serem, AIA,NOMA, WiA Houston, discusses the objectives, opportunities and accomplishments of some of the WiA committees, including recommendations for increasing inclusion in architectural practice. Firm Principals who lead national practices, Yanitza Brongers-Morrero, AIA of Moody-Nolan (2021 AIA Architecture Firm) and Adrianne Steichen, AIA of Pyatok Architecture + Urban Design will talk about contemporary issues in housing and community development, managing a large housing portfolio and cultivating talent and leadership in the field.

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will become familiar with current research on women and minority participation in architectural practice
  • Participants will learn strategies to increase firm productivity by increasing gender and racial inclusion in their firms
  • Participants will become familiar with strategies for managing comprehensive community development projects and housing portfolios
  • Participants will become familiar with current trends in housing and community development


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Juliet Serem, AIA, NOMA, founder of Studio Boma, is a 2021 Vice Chair Women of Color Steering Committee for WiA AIA Houston where she has also served as Vice Chair of the Equity Series. In 2019 she founded Studio Boma a small, collaborative, architectural and interior design studio based in Houston, Texas, specializing in both residential and commercial work. Working as a team with the client, contractor and consultants they strive to create projects that are simple, yet beautiful and functional - projects that are reflective of the spirit of a place and those that inhabit it. Previously, at Perkins Eastman and Dillon Kyle Architects, she has worked on diverse projects ranging from renovations of K-12 buildings, residential design and commercial interior remodels. Additionally, she worked for many years at Hardwood Artisans, a furniture design and production company. 
Juliet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland.

Yanitza Brongers, AIA, LEED BD+C and LEED for Homes, is a Principal and Director of Housing at Moody Nolan. At Moody Nolan, she oversees the housing practice which includes 12 locations in the United States. Yanitza was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and has practiced architecture for the last 25 years. Yanitza’s s experience as an architect includes civic, educational, and corporate projects but for the last 10 years of her career, she has solely focused on multi-family housing and community development projects.
In 2012 she was appointed Director of Moody Nolan’s Housing Studio and was asked to create a focused studio to grow the firm’s housing portfolio. She is responsible for leadership, management, business development, and design quality. Since then, Yanitza has developed a rapidly growing practice that includes affordable and market-rate residential, student housing, senior housing, and large scale mixed-use developments. Yanitza holds a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a master’s from The Ohio State University. Yanitza was the 2019 AIA Columbus Chapter , representing the fourth woman and first Hispanic holding in the history of the Chapter. Yanitza is a member of the Housing and Community Development Knowledge Committee and a member of the AIA Strategic Council. Also, she volunteers for other community organizations. Yanitza is married to a Dutch engineer and together they are raising their two young growing sons.

Adrianne Steichen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP Homes,  As a Principal at PYATOK architecture + urban design, Adrianne brings 20 years of experience to student and multifamily residential developments, having led several large urban housing projects in San Francisco and Oakland as well as programming and design services for on-campus student housing. Adrianne believes that good design is for everyone. By designing and building affordable and quality housing, Adrianne believes that we, as architects, can provide individuals with the necessary security to focus on the other important aspects of their lives: family, education, health, work, and community. Paraphrasing Dieter Rams: ‘Good design is innovative, useful, beautiful, understandable, unobtrusive, honest, long-lasting, sustainable, thorough, and pure.’ Since 2001, Adrianne has been an active member of the AIA, having served in various capacities on the local, state and national levels, most recently as 2020 President for the San Francisco chapter and the national Housing & Community Development Knowledge Community. Other professional affiliations include current membership in the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), Tulane University School of Architecture Alumni Council, and Leadership San Francisco. In addition, Adrianne has served on juries for the national AIA Housing and AIA/HUD Secretary Housing Awards, ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award, Bank of America Low Income Housing Challenge, and AIA Minnesota’s Affordable Housing Design Awards. Adrianne presented on the subject of urban housing at APA National and AIA California conferences and throughout the Bay Area, including at SPUR, AIASF, and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California.

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