About Us

Chicago Women in Architecture is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that exists as a forum for women in Architecture and related professions. The primary goal of CWA is to advance the status of women in these profession by:

  • [increasing] the visibility of women in architecture
  • [guiding & encouraging] women to consider a career in architecture
  • [establishing liaisons] with other professional organizations
  • [networking] for job placement and career advancement
  • [advocating] for issues of concern to women within the profession

Every year, CWA accomplishes these goals through planning educational, professional, and social networking events, a lecture series in connection with the Art and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, and an annual scholarship awarded to an architecture student in her last year of study. Our membership includes architects, designers, planners, engineers, educators, landscape architects, students and many other professionals whose careers parallel the field of architecture.

Executive Committee

Natalie Hicks

Noelle Kwak
1st Vice President

Rebecca Brouk
2nd Vice President

Monika Miller

Mimi Troy
Past President


Elizabeth Fischer

Susan Brain

Rachel Oleinick
Lecture Chair

Jess Norris
Muse Chair

JinHwa Paradowicz
Scholarship Chair

Marie Kohne
Graphics Chair

Veselka Ivanovic
Website Chair