Designing Success for Women
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Designing Success for Women

Our March program will be the exciting launch of our AIASCV Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee! Join us for this panel of leading women speakers, and the promise of an engaging dialogue.

When: 3/17/2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Saratoga Foothill Club
20399 Park Place
Saratoga, California  95070
United States
Presenter: A panel discussion
Contact: AIA Santa Clara Valley

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Women in Architecture Committee

Presents the March 17th Chapter Program

Designing Success for Women

Saratoga Foothill Club

20399 Park Place, Saratoga, CA

6:00 - 8:30 pm
(Parking in church parking lot)

Promoting the conversation of equitable practice in architecture and allied professions in the built environment.


An AIASCV Chapter Meeting


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The event will feature an exhibit, and a running PowerPoint presentation of projects by women architects in the Santa Clara Valley area.


There’s no better place to celebrate this launch, than in a historic building designed by the renowned Julia Morgan, FAIA, and renovated recently by Anderson-Brulé Architects.


We welcome our guests and allies from CREW, IIDA, ASID, AAUW, and WTS.

The WIA Committee was formed for the purpose of increasing the incidence and visibility of women in architecture and related design and construction industries.




The WIA mission is to empower women by fostering growth, building leaders and role models, promoting the success of women architects, being a catalyst to equality and fair treatment, bringing about balance in the profession, and by redefining success.







We invite you to support the launch of the AIASCV, Women in Architecture Event.  Sponsorship information can be found HERE.


Thank You to the following Sponsors




AIA Members-No Charge

Guests/Non Members - $20

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Our Moderator

Leah Toeniskoetter
San Jose Director, SPUR 

Leah is responsible for leading SPUR’s San Jose office. A California native, she has seven years of experience in real estate development in the South Bay and parts of Northern California with Toeniskoetter Development, Inc. Prior to this role, Leah worked as: a financial analyst at Comerica Bank in Detroit and San Jose; a project associate with the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City; a translator of the Portuguese language in Sao Paolo, Brazil; and a micro-enterprise development volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Bolivia, South America. She received her Bachelor of Science in science-business from the University of Notre Dame.


Our Panelists

Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Founder, Equity by Design


A Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Treasurer of AIA San Francisco. As a licensed architect with 21 years experience in Architecture and design, Rosa has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects, from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I.  Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California . She is currently working on innovative and sustainable projects for the University of California, Davis.


As the Founding Chair of the AIASF Committee: Equity by Design, Rosa lead “The Missing 32% Project,” a 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey and research study, which launched a national conversation for achieving equitable practice in Architecture. The Equity in Architecture movement has inspired many and created new connections around the world.


Pamela Anderson-Brulé FAIA

Co-Founder and President
Anderson Brulé Architects


The first woman in Santa Clara County to be elevated to the College of Fellows, Pamela is co-founder and President of her 30+ year old namesake firm. Modeling strong leadership, Pamela established the AIASCV chapter’s Women in Architecture Committee. ABA’s vision is to transform people, place, and practice through innovative Strategic Process Design.


Anderson Brulé Architects renovated the Saratoga Foothill Club in 2013. Pamela acted as Principal in Charge.


Claudia Folzman
Founder, Iron Construction


Claudia Folzman brings over two decades of construction experience and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the business.  Claudia oversees the management of business development and supervises the project management and project engineering staff. Working on nearly all aspects of construction management has provided Claudia with a unique breadth of experience. 

Claudia has been featured as an industry expert by local and regional media including The Registry and Silicon Valley Business Journal. She was voted CREW Silicon Valley’s Chapter MVP for the 2016 “ELEVATE” Campaign, honoring diversity and women’s Leadership in commercial real estate


Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq

EQUINOX Design and Development

Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq. is an award winning Architect and Attorney, with three decades of experience, including running her own architectural firm, managing capital projects, and training with top architects like Ricardo Bofill in Spain, Michael Graves in Princeton, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill in Los Angeles.  Most recently, Donoho served as the 2013-15 California member of the AIA National Board of Directors and Strategic Council, and is currently serving on the board of the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation, a national foundation devoted to changing the culture of the building industry and advancing the work of contemporary and historical women in architecture.  


As an architectural advocate, Donoho led the effort to nominate Julia Morgan, FAIA, for the 2014 AIA Gold Medal, and championed the nomination of Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown Hon. FAIA, for the 2016 Gold Medal, the highest honor of the Institute.  In February, 2016, she was awarded the BWAF Pillar award for advancing the recognition of women in the profession.


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This Meeting is approved for 2 AIA CEU Units 
Learning objectives include :

1.     Be exposed to keynote speeches and panels, featuring a diverse array of women who will share insights on best practices in planning and design, as well as providing a greater understanding of the challenges they overcame relative to architecture’s notorious glass ceiling.

2.       Hear and discuss case studies of how women advance the design profession in architecture, planning, construction and innovation.

3.       Become better equipped to identify and explore means to expand equity and diversity in the field of architecture, to successfully navigate their own career challenges, and to generate positive strategies for other women in the field.

4.       Encouraged to facilitate a shift in architecture: increasing the recognition, influence, and participation of women in the profession, through exposure to insights from multiple generations. Emerging professionals in particular will benefit from opportunities to speak and to learn from the experience of others.