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"Future Focused" Video Series: Women Designer's Pushing for a More Equitable Profession

This video campaign is about celebrating women and their contributions and impact to the profession and their communities.

“Future Focused” video series shares female architect/designers' favorite work, their leadership, mentorship, and vision they are pursuing for an increasingly diverse & equitable profession. The videos share the stories of women, men, and firm leaders who are elevating women and changing the profession to make it a vocation of choice for anyone interested in the design field.


Video Highlights

Alyson Steele, FAIA

-CEO and chief design officer of Quinn Evans

-"By embracing the harder challenges you know you are making a difference. At the Michigan State Capitol, we were asked to design a visitor center for a historic builidng and site. Everyone knows what a visitor center looks like but we wanted to embrace the challange of bringing everyone together in a way that we can have shared experiences."

Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC

-A licensed architect and frequent speaker on the topic of architecture, leadership, diversity, sustainability, and the future of cities.

-"There's a tremendous amount of potential in our buildings to help redefine space and redefine the healh of our communities. Well I think architecture is actually one of the coolest professions one can pursue. I mean, you can literally get to see and create the future. But one of the challenges though is, you know not enough young people know about architecture as a path and especially young people of color."

Gianna Pigford, AIA, NOMA

-A Principal and Program Manager at Stantec in its architectural practice

-"Architecture is a place for all of us, that all of us have an opportunity to be and become whomever we want to be. What I am currently able to do as a firm leader is to create the teams that I always wanted to be a part of.  And that is being able to champion women and people of color and give them space to develop into the people they want to be."


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