Women in the Profession of Architecture

Mentoring seminar series


Women Entering the Profession of Architecture


A mentoring seminar event series

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Anik Pearson, Principal at Anik Pearson Architect P.C., and Nancy Kleppel, Principal at Nancy Kleppel Consulting, invite young women in the profession of architecture to engage in conversations with experienced female professionals on a myriad of successful career trajectories. Each event will feature two inspiring women working in architecture and each will speak to a different focus - from starting your own practice, to finding the right type of practice for you, to balancing the profession and family life. In these conversations we will share stories, share tools, provide support and establish relationships among all attendees with the goal of ensuring young women in architecture stay encouraged and stay on course to thrive in the profession.


Schedule of Events

5 Dates,

10 Women

& You

The first seminar in this event series will be held this coming Fall of 2019. Each seminar will be a 2-hour session hosted at the office of one of the evening’s mentors within the metropolitan New York area. The sessions will begin with a meet-and-greet, followed by mentor presentations, then questions, and conversations over cocktails. A group of 16 young, intern-level women will be hosted during each seminar to ensure all mentees can interact closely with the mentors. Please see below for dates, topics, mentor bios and to sign up!


Registration is open to women in the profession of architecture who are graduating soon, or have graduated within the last 5 years.

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September 19


Anik Pearson: Starting One’s Own Practice

Joan Krevlin: Living Life as an Architect

November 7


Lissa so: Designing Your Own Path

Caitlin Martusewicz: expectations of architecture and a non-linear path

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Nicole Dosso: Taking the Long View

Michi Yanagishita & Yen Ha: navigating the job site

March 4


Elizabeth Graziolo: Overcoming obstacles

Barbara Spandorf: following your interests


Claire Weisz: architects are the biggest sponsors of architecture

Nancy Kleppel: advocating for yourself and others

Bonus Date TBA

Networking Mixer for all Mentors and Mentees to keep the conversations going!

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We would love to be able to accommodate as many women as possible, but want to ensure the event is as hands-on as possible. If you are unable to sign up for a seminar this means it has reached maximum capacity. Please complete the form below for your name to be added to the waitlist to attend in the event of cancellations.

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I’ve also learned it’s not enough to put my head down, to work hard and to nurture my own employees. I now feel that in my position, I can seize the opportunity to reach out to women in their early careers who are considering leaving the field. I’ve learned that to truly have an effect on the numbers, I must deliberately raise my profile to become more visible, to change public attitudes and continue mentoring initiatives. I must meet those high-school students to encourage them to pursue STEM or STEAM careers. I must continue raising opportunities for advancement. This comes in many forms: by passing on work to other women-owned firms, by getting onto Boards creating more paths toward licensure, and through Award Committees nominating women for recognition. More importantly, through engagements with the architecture community, in schools, in offices or within the AIA, to get to those younger women before they drop out.
I encourage and urge other women in the profession to join me in these efforts. We can show through our own diverse and varied examples, that there is more than one way to forge ahead and improve our odds.
— Anik Pearson