End of the Year Celebration with the Emerging Architects

  • Date

    Wednesday, December 13 2023

  • Time

    5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Location

    Kimball Showroom

Join the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee as we raise a glass to all we have achieved as a committee in 2023, including recognizing our members who have obtained licensure or achieved a professional accomplishment this year.


Have you obtained licensure or achieved a professional accomplishment (received a promotion, award or other recognition) in 2023 - or know of an emerging professional in our industry that deserves recognition? Please e-mail ian@drummondprojects.com by Friday, December 8, so that we may recognize all the accomplishments of our emerging professionals at this event!

Designing Parenthood: Navigating Queer Parenthood, Work, & More

  • Date

    Thursday, December 14 2023

  • Time

    5:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Location


The practices of parenthood and design are anything but "easy" to navigate and reconcile for any within the professional world. How does one navigate the intersection of being LGBTQIA+ and stepping into (or being fully immersed in) parenthood? How can businesses support all employees, including LGBTQIA+ employees, in policies and practice that embrace the beautifully diverse range of what parenthood and the AEC profession are? In this encouraging panel discussion, you'll hear from LGBTQIA+ designers and leaders in the AEC industry who are navigating their careers, advocating for business policy changes, while balancing parenthood. Get ready to hear their stories and experiences in how parenthood and professional life have influenced each other, how each has been involved in advocating for more inclusive business practices, and how you can be an advocate for change. Have questions? Unsure where you can begin? Looking for a network of support and community to continue this conversation in? Join on December 14th to hear more! The session is a panel discussion with live Q&A.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to measure recently enacted legislation and policy changes for and against the potential monetary and design impacts to AEC practices
  • Participants will be able to describe what parental and family formation policies firms implement to expand equitable access
  • Participants will be able to identify ways to advocate for employees into addition to and beyond updating firm policies
  • Participants will be able to illustrate how firm advocacy for queer employees and inclusive parenthood can positively impact the health, safety, and welfare of all employees

Presented by:

Anastasia Markiw, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate

With a primary focus on healthcare architecture, Anastasia strives to design spaces that provide inspiration to work, live, learn, and heal through her role of Project Manager and Architect at DesignGroup. Currently, Anastasia is the 2023-2024 AIA National Young Architect Forum Advocacy Director leading a work group responsible for advocacy content and webinars on topics such as equitable firm practices and the culture of architecture by highlighting underrepresented cultures and voices. Expecting their first child, Anastasia and her wife have been gathering data on various firms’ parental leave policies and advocating for more inclusive language to be offered for non-birthing parents to be eligible in paid parental leave. 

Parva Markiw, AIA, LEED Green Associate is a native Iranian and a Project Architect at DesignGroup located in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a diverse background in higher education, small to mid-size commercial, and healthcare markets. Parva attended undergraduate and graduate school at Kent State University and received her Master’s degree in 2014. She is currently serving her second year of a two-year term as a chair of AIA Pennsylvania’s Emerging Professional Committee. At the local level, she is a member of the AIA Pittsburgh's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Women+ in Design Committees. Parva's focus through her involvement in various committees is to help emerging professionals at different stages of their careers and amplify voices of minority and underrepresented groups.

Rosalie Howell is an architectural designer at Dewberry. Her pre-architecture background is in history and cultural anthropology, which lends a unique outlook on human interactions with and within the built environment. In her design process, she strives to be multi-optical, body-inclusive, evidence-based, eco-integrative, and community-oriented. She is especially interested in spatial & social justice, trauma-informed design, and practical, down-to-earth solutions to complex issues. She believes in the power of collaboration & building teams with diverse backgrounds & contexts in order to reach design solutions that are well-rounded and effectively accommodate the needs of all stakeholders. Rosalie is also co-founder and currently chair of Prism, Dewberry’s ERG dedicated to serving the LGBTQIA+ employee community & bringing professional programing to Dewberry employees that highlights LGBTQIA+ excellence and elevates LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the AEC industry. Rosalie and her wife have been navigating various stages of family planning since 2019.

Meghan Hottel-Cox is a real estate attorney with the US Postal Service. Until November of this year, Meghan was a real estate associate with Goulston & Storrs focused on zoning and permitting law and serving on the firm’s Inclusion Advisory Committee. In those roles, she advocated for more equitable parental leave and family planning benefits. In addition to practicing law, Meghan has served as an adjunct professor at GW Law since 2016, currently teaching Land Use Law. Meghan is also the co-founder of Q City, a commercial real estate affinity group for LGBTQ+ professionals in the D.C. metro area. Meghan was named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal in 2019 and received CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) DC’s Emerging Leader award in 2019. Meghan is also a contributing author to the Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Property Opinions legal book and frequently writes and speaks on issues of equity and inclusion in the legal and real estate communities. Meghan and her wife have one child and live in Takoma Park, Maryland. 

Dennis Daisey is an architect and principal in the Washington, DC, office of Smithgroup, where he specializes in the interior design of workplace, higher education, science and technology and government projects. He’s known for his commitment to leading teams through mentorship and his passion for creating functional, sustainable and emotionally engaging interior environments, earning recognition from local IIDA and AIA chapters.

When he’s not working, Dennis can be found spending time with his family, making his way through a long home improvement to-do list, or exploring Rock Creek Park. He earned his bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University, and he is a licensed architect in the District of Columbia and LEED-accredited professional.

Organized by:

AIA|DC Equity Committee by WIELD

Pride by Design


Sponsored by:

HKS logo

Dewberry logo

4x4=16 | Brazil / Pertenencia & Pertinencia

Join AIA|DC's Design Excellence Committee for a film screening and panel discussion highlighting the profound contributions of South American women architects in the world of creativity, design, and diversity.

This program is part of a 4-part series showcasing 4 countries: Argentina, Peru, Chile and Brazil. Each session will include 4 panelists from the represented country that will share their work.

The series explore representation of diverse typologies of unseen architecture in South American countries all seen from the eyes of local women architects.

This 4x4 = 16 Brazil showcases the work of architects Gloria Cabral, Gabriela Leandro, Marta Moreira and Mariana Simas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify emerging man-made materials and experimentation techniques that can be a conduct to allow social experiences and collaboration in low-income societies.
  • Discover the design of public sector service architecture related to cultural, educational and academic buildings in the megalopolis of Sao Paulo.
  • Discuss topics about equity and inclusion in the north of Brazil that include themes such as Collective Black Land, Discourse and Territory and Transatlantic Cities and Racial Thought.
  • Illustrate the approach to rethink and give continuity to the iconic Brazilian Modern Architecture movement.

Presented by:

Francesca Franchi, AIA - Presenter

Cristiana Mascarenas - Moderator   


Gloria Cabral

Arquiteta Gloria Cabral believes that architecture is her tool for making the necessary transformations in our society. Cabral was a partner of Gabinete de Arquitectura in Paraguay, from 2004 to 2020. She participated in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé program as a mentee of Peter Zumthor, during 2014 and 2015.

Among the many international recognitions that Cabral has received together with her partners are: the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture, for Best Participation in the International Exhibition; the Architects 2018 Moira Gemmill Award for Emerging Women in Architecture; and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2021.

She studied architecture at the University of Asunción where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, in 2020.


Marta Moreira

Arquiteta Marta Moriera founded MMBB Arquitetos in 1991 together with Fernando Franco and Milton Braga; later Maria João joined the team. The office focuses on the development of public and institutional projects in the areas of building, infrastructure and urban planning.

MMBB has won several distinctions and awards, such as the Archdaily Building of the Year 2023; the Brazilian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai; the First Prize of the International Urban Project Award – IUPA 2020 and the Special Prize at the XI BIAU 2019, both with the SESC 24 de Maio building, in collaboration with Paulo Mendes da Rocha; the Prize at the IX BIAU 2014 with the Jardim Edite social housing complex; and the Best Entry with prize the Watery Voids proposal in the 3rd International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam 2007.

She has been a professor of design at Escola da Cidade since 2001 and a member of the Association’s Presidency since 2019.

Moreira received her title from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU/USP) in 1987.


Gabriela Leandro

Arquiteta Gabriela Leandro Pereira is a professor and researcher at the School of Architecture and at the Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Federal da Bahia.

Leandro is a member of the Common Place Research Group at UFBA and coordinates the Body, Discourse and Territory Study Group. She is also a member and co-founder of Coletiva Terra Preta (Collective Black Land).

In 2017, she won the Theses Award from the National Association for Graduate Studies and Research in Urban and Regional Planning which resulted in the publication of the book "Body, discourse and territory: City in dispute in the narrative folds of Carolina Maria de Jesus", in 2019.

In 2022, she participated in the 13th International Biennial of Architecture of São Paulo, with the work “Heritage The Fabulous Inventory of the Work of my Grandfather”, co-authored with Maria Leandro Pereira.

Leandro holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória; and a master’s and doctorate degree from the Federal University of Bahia. She has also completed a doctorate from the Center for Social Studies at University of Coimbra, in Portugal. She is currently carrying out a post-doctorate program at UFES, developing research on "Transatlantic Cities and Racial Thought: "de-capturing" gestures and bio-cartographic fabulations from the Santa Maria River Basin".


Mariana Simas

Arquiteta Mariana Simas is a partner and the executive director at Studio MK27.

Her interests in the global architectural dialogue led her to head the communications efforts at MK27. She has had the opportunity to present and discuss the studio´s body of work on several institutions such as at the Archipel, Belgian Institute of Architects; Universidad Politecnica de Valencia; South Florida University and the Royal Academy of Arts, in London.

Simas is focused on developing masterplans and conceptual designs for competitions and pro-bono projects such as Catarina town, a planned sustainable city in the outskirts of São Paulo; a Pavilion in Chapultepec, City of Mexico; and the Occupation of the former Ford Factory in São Paulo, a housing project requested by the municipality for the unsheltered people.

Globally, she has designed projects such as the island for Patina hotel in the Maldives; an urban community in Madrid; and the Brazilian Pavilion for Expo Osaka 2025.

Sima believes that the purpose of her work is to create a healthy business model to allow for the intellectual research of architecture to thrive.

She studied at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo where she acted as treasurer of the student’s union, created a cooperative of employees that took over the school´s canteen, and generated a financial fund for the student´s activities that lasted for the years to come.

Organized by:

AIA|DC Design Excellence Committee

Thank You to Our Sponsors:








-Avalon Bay Communities

-Cunningham / Quill Architects PLLC

-David Haresign, FAIA

-Francesca Franchi, AIA

-Frederick & Cederna Architects

-Gerald Briggs, FAIA and Randy Briggs



-Mariela Buendia-Corrochano, IIDA, Assoc. AIA


-shalom baranes associates architects




-William Hodges Hendrix, AIA

-Winstanley Architects & Planners




Santa's Workshop: Toy Architecture

Join our Santa's workshop and put on your elf hat! Build a house made of candy, an old-fashioned Christmas train, and ornaments, to name a few! Bring the family for a festive morning of hand-made, holiday decorations!

CRAN: The SSL (Solid State Lighting) Revolution

Join Dominion Lighting for an enlightening afternoon to explore cutting-edge LED lighting technologies with a special presentation by Dino Paturo from WAC Lighting. You'll quickly become a subject matter expert with all things LED as we break down the future of lighting design and innovation! 

After the learning presentation, join us for a relaxed and luminous happy hour in the 18-time award-winning Dominion Lighting Flagship showroom. Network with industry peers, exchange ideas and be inspired. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the correct LED package that performs optimally for your various lighting applications and to meet your specific lighting needs. Learn about the different techniques for high-power and mid-power LED lighting, COB (Chip on Board) LEDs, and others.
  • Discover how to select the various media types for lighting optics, including the latest reflectors, TIR lenses, and edge-lit panels. Assess the applications and material selection and how they contribute to the human connection to integrated spaces, including when designing for residential, hospitality, and commercial applications.
  • Understand the style, function, and performance of LED lighting fixtures, from chandeliers and pendants to wall sconces and vanity lights, tape, undercabinet lighting, and exterior wall luminaires.
  • Examine case studies that exemplify the role of LED luminaires and lighting systems in connecting people to integrated interior and exterior spaces.
  • Discover the latest luminaire application efficacy and how this and other lighting design metrics are crucial in selecting LED lighting, including performance, energy savings, and ROI.

Organized by:

AIA Potomac Valley

Capital Area Custom Residential Architects Network, a tri-chapter committee founded jointly by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley

Building Enclosure Council Holiday Party

  • Date

    Thursday, December 07 2023

  • Time

    6:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Location


Join us for the Building Enclosure Council end-of-year gathering to discuss what the committee does and how to get involved.

Building Enclosure Council of Washington D.C. (BEC-DC) is an organization comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, and manufacturers who share a common interest in new and existing building enclosures and the science related to them. BEC-DC offers a forum for professionals in the construction industry to discuss and share valuable information relating to building enclosure design and their experiences with success and adversity.

2024 CKLDP Applications 101

  • Date

    Tuesday, November 14 2023

  • Time

    6:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Location


For those interested in applying to the 2024 class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP), there will be an "Applications 101" information session hosted via Zoom.

This interactive Q&A event will be hosted by members of the CKLDP Advisory Committee and provides potential program scholars with an opportunity to ask questions and receive helpful hints about what to include – or not – in their program applications.

Interested candidates are encouraged to attend this event, but attendance is NOT mandatory in order to apply to CKLDP. We look forward to having you join us!

Organized by:

CKLDP Advisory Committee

Nomination Deadline - Bethesda Downtown Design Advisory Panel

  • Date

    Friday, November 10 2023

  • Time


Montgomery Planning is pleased to request nominations for an individual to participate on the Design Advisory Panel (DAP) for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan area. The goal of the DAP is to review new projects in Downtown Bethesda and offer advisory comments that will heighten design excellence by improving the quality of architecture, landscape, and public space, guided by the approved Bethesda Downtown Plan Design Guidelines.

The DAP currently has one opening for a registered architect representing academia and we are inviting nominations to be considered for this position. Staff will review the applications and present a recommendation to the Planning Board by the end of the year. Letters of interest should include a brief resume. We ask that nominees submit through email to Grace Bogdan, Bethesda DAP Coordinator, grace.bogdan@montgomeryplanning.org, by Friday, November 10, 2023.

The DAP meets the 4th Wednesday of every month, currently in a hybrid of virtually and in-person at our offices in Downtown Wheaton. Meetings last at most three hours and project materials are provided a week in advance of each meeting. Click here for more information about the DAP, including video of recent meetings and the rules of procedure.

COTEdc Meet-Up — Help Shape the Future of the Committee!

  • Date

    Wednesday, November 15 2023

  • Time

    5:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location


Come shape the future of the AIA|DC’s Committee on the Environment (COTE)! Following a hiatus during Covid, the COTEdc group is working to reorganize with educational and networking events beginning in 2024. This event is an informal meet-up to hear what COTEdc has been up to, and to solicit participation and ideas from members. We are hoping to hear what type of events you’d like to see in 2024. Please join if you are interested in participating in the committee! Thank you to our sponsor, Steelcase, for graciously sponsoring food and drinks for this event!

Doors Open — 5:30pm

Program Begins — 6:00pm

Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Annual Holiday Party