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Staying Connected to Advance

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am



Staying Connected to Advance is presented by Women in Architecture (WIA) committee of AIA Silicon Valley and the Women Who Design.

About this Event

This Workshop will explore ways to build an anchor network for transformative and diverse designers. These are not three stories, this is one story of how we met at the intersection of our careers, through WIA committee of AIA Silicon Valley, discovering how much stronger we are together. Acknowledging resilience and diversity, we each developed through our struggles. We come together as mentoring leaders, to bolster and inspire others. Building collaboratively, we achieve not only strength, but a harmonious balance, which we incorporate into our design practice.

We are one, rising from connections to create a sphere of influence. Practicing our profession as our true selves, we invite you to join our journey and share your design story.

This workshop is open to the public. This course has been approved by The American Institute of Architects for 1.5LU


  • Analyze examples of barriers that minorities face in the design profession and translate that awareness into an empathic practice.
  • Identify techniques to determine how your practice style can have a positive impact in the design profession and for the public.
  • Explore the advantage of expanding connections and professional circles to advance minority groups in design.
  • Create a path to advancement through storytelling and networking.
  • Sustain your growth through personal and professional advocacy.
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What you will need:

This workshop will be run on Zoom and we will use Miro boards to collaborate. Please make sure you have set up your free account for both programs to participate.




When completing your event registration let us know:

  1. What level in your career are you at? Student, Early Career, Mid Career, Senior Career
  2. What area of design are you in? Artist, Architect, Interior Designer, Planner, Engineer, Graphic Designer, Product Designer, Other
  3. Where are you participating from? City, Country



Through registering for this event, you acknowledge that it will be recorded and all material, including participant collages, may be utilized by WomenWhoDesign.org for future promotional, funding or informational purposes.

Further inquiries may be directed to: event@womenwhodesign.org


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As Steinberg Hart’s Managing Principal for Northern California, Katia plays a major role in the success of many for the firm’s largest and most complex projects. With close to three decades of leadership experience, she is recognized for her innovative and highly sustainable projects. Katia has worked with clients and diverse communities in both the US and Mexico. She is the current President of the Board of the San Jose Downtown Association and active in SVLG, Design-Build Institute of America, Downtown Design Committee and is a founding member of the AIA SVC WIA and the Practice Leadership Committee.



Mariana is a licensed Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who brings over nineteen years of architectural experience in the US, from design to building occupancy. Her international background offers a unique perspective to bringing practical, user-focused solutions to all projects. As Principal and Partner at 19six Architects where she leads the San Jose and Sacramento offices, focusing on work environment and firm culture that has contributed to the firm’s rapid growth and expanded portfolio.

Mariana’s leadership extends into volunteer duties at AIA Silicon Valley as Founding Co-Chair of the Architectural Intelligence Conference, Co-Founder of the Architectural Practice Leadership Committee and member of Women in Architecture Committee.



A creative leader, Mani Ardalan Farhadi’s experience spans thirty years of design programming and planning in education. Currently, her role is Senior Facilities Planner at Stanford School of Medicine in OFPM (Office of Facilities Planning and Management). There, she combines her passion for learning with collaboration skills to conduct various feasibility studies and build consensus.

Mani’s leadership roles include former Board of Trustee (Los Gatos Union School District), and Chair of Bond Oversight Committee, receiving ‘Citizen Architect’ award. Her intersectional advocacy is channeled through WIA (Women in Architecture) Silicon Valley, as Board member of NICA (Niosha International Conservatory of Arts), and as Co-Founder of BIBI (Banou’s in the Building Industry).

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About Women in Architecture (WIA) committee of AIA Silicon Valley

The Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) is composed of women architects and allies in the Chapter for the purpose of increasing the incidence and visibility of women in architecture and in related design and construction industries. We exist to bring awareness to the gender disparity that exists in the profession in order to achieve equality. We exist to empower women by fostering growth, building leaders and role models, promoting the success of women architects, serving as a catalyst for equality and fair treatment, bringing about balance in the profession, and by redefining success.


About Women Who Design

Women Who Design aims to present thought-provoking feminist work, using narrative, exploration and collaboration to transform how we see our own lives and how the practice of architecture is understood going forward. This is our inaugural event to the Life Cycles of Women in Architecture Exhibit presented by the Women Who Design. Staying Connected to Advance is a joint partnership workshop between the WIA AIA Silicon Valley and the Women Who Design.

Find us on social media! @thewomenwhodesign @wia_sv @aiasiliconvalley


April 11
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Women Who Design
Women in Architecture (WIA) AIA Silicon Valley
AIA Silicon Valley


Virtual (Zoom)