In this issue, we explore Women + Design by highlighting women designers, how design impacts women, and how equity, diversity, and inclusion learnings can improve the profession and the built environment. 

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January 5, 2022
Chapter News

2022 Thomas U. Walter Award

By AIA Philadelphia

Congratulations to the 2022 Thomas U. Walter Award Winner, Heidi Segall Levy! Heidi is deserving of this recognition -- as her career is a testament to the power of design and how it can transform and empower communities. This award is presented annually to a current member of the architectural profession and is intended to recognize their contributions to the architectural community through their service to the American Institute of Architects and other related professional organizations.

Heidi Segall Levy, AIA, SEED, for over 30 years, has devoted her career to combining her passion for architecture and design with her commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion and collaboration. Driven by a commitment to equitable design and development in the built environment, Heidi joined the Community Design Collaborative in 2001 to lead its social impact design programs and initiatives. Her focus for nearly 20 years as Director of Design Services was on ensuring that all communities, especially those that are underserved, have access to high quality design and are integral to the design process. While with the Collaborative, Heidi created and managed all of the Collaborative’s social impact design programs, including core design grants, technical assistance services, and proactive design initiatives, including Infill Philadelphia. Heidi has continued her work in community design and development as an independent consultant, committed to supporting community nonprofits with building capacity and achieving their community building and development goals.

Prior to joining the Collaborative, Heidi was a senior project architect with the Philadelphia offices of Kling and WRT, and an architectural designer with SOM’s Washington, DC office. Heidi serves on the Board or Advisory Board of several organizations including Philadelphia’s Citizens Planning Institute, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Friends of Schuylkill River Park, and Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes. She also serves as a mentor for AIA Philadelphia’s and PennDesign’s Women in Architecture programs, as well as JEVS Human Services’ 3 Cups of Coffee program. Heidi earned a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University and a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University.

For more about the award and previous winners.

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