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

Mimi Troy
President


Natalie Hicks
1st Vice President


Noelle Kwak
2nd Vice President


Melissa Venoy
Treasurer


Kim Haig
Past President


Officers

Carolina Cartagena
Secretary


Susan Brain
Membership


Rachel Oleinick
Lecture Chair


Rebecca Brouk
Programming Chair


Jess Norris
Muse Chair


JinHwa Paradowicz
Scholarship Chair


Marie Gyllstrom
Graphics Chair