Women in Architecture & Design – A Vibrant Event!


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In honor of Women’s History Month, AIA Cleveland and the CUDC partnered to present Women in Architecture and Design. Over 100 participants attended the program last Wednesday evening, which featured a lecture on significant women architects in history, followed by an engaging panel discussion.  

Women in Architecture & Design

Women in Architecture & Design Panel, featuring (from left to right) Sally Levine, AIA; Jill Akins, AIA; Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA; Deb Donley and Ann Dunning, AIA. All are owners of their own Architecture / Design businesses in Northeast Ohio.


Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, lectures on significant women in architecture history before inviting the panel for the engaging discussion.

The Keynote address was delivered by AIA Ohio Gold Medalist, Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA which focused on seminal women architects in the US including Julia Morgan, the architect of Hearst Castle, and Florence Kenyon Hayden Rector, the first female registered architect in Ohio, as well Elizabeth’s personal mentors. The panel discussion on women’s and leadership issues was moderated by Ms. Murphy and included prominent Cleveland women architects and business owners: Deb Donley, Jill Akins, former Cleveland AIA president Ann Dunning, and Sally Levine. The discussion was lively, at times humorous, and at times poignant and went on into the evening after the event formally ended.


With over 100 attendees, the event allowed for many clustered discussions that pushed the conversation of women in architecture & design forward.

An accompanying exhibit on the work of local women architects and designers will be showing through April in the new AIA offices at:

AIA New Offices
Hanna Annex Building
2059 East 14th Street Cleveland, OH. 

AIA Cleveland distributed a survey to attendees to seek mentors and mentees in the formation of an ongoing Knowledge Community for women’s issues.

If you would like to complete a survey, or would like further information about how to participate in the Knowledge Community and future events, please contact Mary Helen Hammer at the AIA office.

AIA Cleveland would like to thank our sponsors who helped make the event possible:

Silver Level: Millennium Tiles

Bronze Level: Maguire Photo, McGuiness Unlimited, and Metis Construction Services

Friends Level: CIVITAD Services, and HLMS Sustainability Solutions.




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