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

Veselka Ivanovic

Negin Moayer
Vice President

Robin Owens

Noelle Kwak
Past President


Elizabeth Fischer

Rachel Oleinick
Lecture Chair

Antonia Ramos Muniz
Biennial Chair

Madona Cumar
Scholarship Chair

Natalie Hicks
Membership Chair

Tamara Jensen
Marketing Chair

Committee Volunteers

Faith Lindner
Website Manager 

Olivia Jia
Communications and Social Media Specialist