Immigrant Architects: Your Path to A Strong Foundation

  • Date

    Thursday, June 30 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Location

    Webinar

To be successful in the architecture profession, immigrant architects must overcome a unique combination of educational, monetary, and cultural challenges.

This candid discussion sheds light on industry leaders who dared to migrate, leaving family and friends behind in pursuit of the American Dream. From schooling, hiring, sponsorship, cultural and language changes, each of our distinguished panelists share these encountered challenges and resilient stories of their paths to success.

Join the Immigrants Architects Coalition as they teach and empower the next generation of leaders, working together toward a more equitable profession.


Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the steps in applying for a working visa
  • Explain who are the individuals responsible for the expenses of applying to and processing a work visa
  • Describe the steps for finding work in the United States and the rights and responsibilities of the employee and employer
  • Explore the process for opening an architecture practice in the United States

Presented by:

Isadora Velazquez, Esq.

Founder and Attorney, Isa Law

Isadora Velazquez, Esq. is an AV Rated Board Certified Immigration Attorney, born in Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican father and Venezuelan mother. She decided at a young age her career goal would be to assist immigrants who wish to make the US not a dream but a reality. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Miami and after only three years. She received her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in Pennsylvania State University. She was inducted into The Order of Barristers for her performance in the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition where she represented her school and the Northeastern Region. In addition, she became a Martin Luther King Jr. Intern due to her dedication to Public Service prior to becoming a Public Interest Advocate for the Miller Center for Public Interest Advocacy.
Isadora has over ten years of experience in immigration law representing individuals, in removal proceedings, cancellation of removal, asylum, adjustment of status, naturalization, as well as labor certification, Intra-Company Transfer Visas, Professional Visas and Specialty Visas. She has extensive experience in family based and employment-based immigration proceedings. Ms. Velazquez has argued and won cases before the Executive Order of Immigration Review and Board of Immigration Appeals.
Prior to opening the firm Isa Law PA, Ms. Velazquez was the only immigration attorney at Trujillo Vargas Gonzalez Hevia, LLP and a former partner at Aigen & Velazquez, P.A. She has dedicated her legal career to immigration law, personal injury representation, and civil litigation with a focus on first party property claims. Her goal was to obtain the best possible compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Preceding the opening of her own practice, she acquired significant legal experience further complemented by serving as an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami State Attorney’s office where she developed successful litigation skills as a trial attorney in several courtrooms with various judges. Ms. Velazquez also worked as an Associate Attorney doing Insurance Defense alongside renowned and highly respected law specialists.
Isadora Velazquez’s combined expertise in immigration law, personal injury law, and civil litigation serves as an advantage for her clients as she is able to provide comprehensive solutions in all areas of law.

Porpoise Evans

Partner, Weiss Serota Firm Labor & Employment and Litigation Divisions

Porpoise Evans’ practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies in connection with employment matters, government investigations, and legal disputes.
Clients look to Porpoise for his ability to obtain creative resolutions while minimizing risk. He regularly handles employment disputes on behalf of his clients in matters arising under federal, state, and local laws, such as wage and hour, discrimination and contract claims, alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Fair Housing Act, as well as charges before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
For clients with interests abroad, Porpoise conducts in-market risk assessments and designs and implements anti-bribery/anti-corruption programs for multinational companies subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), with an emphasis on compliance initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. He also has extensive experience in securities litigation, including Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrations.


Organized by:

AIA|DC Equity Committee by WIELD

AIA|DC Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects Committee (LA.IDEA)

Asian American Designers Union (AADU)


Sponsored by:

Perkins Eastman

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