Women in Architecture

The Mission of the WIA is to cultivate and promote the development and leadership of women design professionals by providing a forum for empowering, networking, and mentoring to enhance the architectural community throughout the Philadelphia area.

WIA consists of a Steering Committee led by two Co-Chairs. The Steering Committee plans and delivers several events throughout the year, and meets quarterly along with an annual planning retreat in the Fall.

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Co-Chair Contacts: 
Alesa Rubendall, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
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Karen Blanchard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
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WIA hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Two of our annual signature events include:

PATINA (Philadelphia Architects Teach Innovation, Networking + Agency) was created by WIA as an immersive and interactive mentorship program that pairs design professionals with female students. In partnership with CHAD (Charter High School for Architecture + Design), the program compliments academic pursuits and promotes design thinking while fostering the opportunity to develop meaningful bonds with the students throughout their high school careers.
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WIA Scholarship Fundraiser  Since 2013, WIA has endeavored to expand our group’s mission to cultivate a passion of design and architecture in the next generation. In support of this goal, WIA has committed to organize an annual fundraiser where the proceeds are presented as scholarship(s) to aspiring female designer(s) from Charter High School of Architecture and Design (CHAD) to pursue an education in Architecture and Design. This scholarship provides funds towards tuition, books, and/or supplies, and is awarded based on academic standing, extra-circular activities, portfolio, and personal interview.