AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) is one of the only gatherings where women architects and designers are surrounded by other women in a professional setting. That creates a candid, comfortable environment where women can contribute unique perspectives and facilitate conversations about challenges within the industry: Gaining respect on a construction site, negotiating, managing remote teams, getting promoted, and many others.

The first WLS began as a grassroots effort to bring together women principals of architecture firms, women in leadership positions, and women architects moving into leadership roles across the country for an intense two-day summit focusing on leadership and design. Today, the summit spans a diverse spread of career stages and seeks to support all women in the profession; the goals of the summit remain:

• raise the profile of women in the profession
• explore new paths to leadership
• create a learning environment that supports the needs of multiple career stages in one event
• provide a space for women architects to learn from one another

Learning paths
Step back: See the big picture
Sometimes you need to observe the big picture to sharpen your leadership style. Content in the BP curation explores lifestyle, industry, overarching trends, and other topics that paint with a broad brush.

Zoom in: Build practical skills
Hone in on practical leadership tips in the detailed sessions in the HT curation that will teach you new skills to bring back to your firm.

Total learning units for the summit will range from 11 – 20 LUs with HSW options depending on an attendee’s session and event selection.

Registration will open to AIA members for first access in early May. In order to receive the AIA member discount, you must use the member discount code on the final check out screen.  Once you apply the discount code the lower rate will appear in the shopping cart. If you are an AIA member and did not receive the discount code contact (800) 242 3837.

Registration will open for the general public, including non-AIA members, early June and remain open until the registration deadline, or until sold out.

Please “create an account” when you register to be able to log back in and edit your agenda. Attendees will receive learning units for tours, workshops, and education sessions attended during the summit, learning units for General Sessions will be automatically applied. Ticket prices may update to a lower rate once added to your registration cart, please be sure to check cart prices before reporting an error. For questions or assistance contact (800) 242-3837.

Pre-conference workshops and welcome reception are available for purchase by individuals not attending the full Women’s Leadership Summit. Standalone ticket prices are indicated below. Full summit attendees who would like to add on a pre-conference workshop are able to do so at the lower rate indicated below, in registration select the WLS Full Conference option where you will have access to all available add ons.

Item Rate
Full conference registration Member – $495 (Must use member discount code to receive member price)
Non-member – $595
Pre-conference workshops WLS attendee – $75
Standalone ticket for non-WLS attendee – $125
Welcome Reception WLS attendee – $25
Standalone ticket for non-WLS attendee – $50


The registration deadline is August 30, 2019.

Click here for more information and to register.

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