Past Events


March 23 – Connect with a Leader: Asawari Mokashi, principal and founder of Code Unlimited

Thursday, November 2 at noon – Connect with a Leader: Lunch with Joann Le at DAO Architecture

Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 – Demystifying Paid Family Leave (A Follow Up to the Future Vision Symposium)

Bike Tour Celebrating Portland’s Influential Women in Design – Saturday, September 23, 10AM-1PM
This inaugural tour was created in collaboration between the AIA Portland ForWARD Committee and BIKETOWN, in an effort to not only encourage more biking amongst women, but also to celebrate women, in the past and present, who have had an impact on the architecture, landscapes, roads, bike paths, and art that surround us here in Portland. The tour covers nine locations of design with four stops on the west side and five stops on the east side, starting and ending at the OHSU Tram BIKETOWN station on the west side of the Tililkum Crossing. Directly after the bike tour, stick around and re-cap the ride over lunch at one of several South Waterfront restaurants.

May 19, 2017. Future Vision is a one-day symposium that builds upon past AIA Portland equity events. The goal of Future Vision is to discuss equity, its importance relative to the health of the industry, and to provide exposure to the tools necessary to promote equity within the profession.  Read more »



The AIA ForWARD Committee presents:
Resiliency: Preparing for natural disasters with confidence

August 3rd
AIA Portland
403 NW 11th Avenue

Allison Pyrch, geotechnical engineer with the group Salus Resilience will be speaking about natural disasters relative to our region, assumptions, expectations, myths and how best to prepare. Join us for an evening of both education and professional networking as we strive towards creating a culture of resiliency. Have your disaster questions answered and learn about ways to survive, communicate and plan. Learn what next steps you can take as an individual, as a group or as an organization to have a resiliency strategy in place.

About the presenter: Allison is a geotechnical engineer whose experience includes site specific seismic design for buildings, roads, bridges, dock and port structures, large embankments, slopes and landslides, and water and wastewater infrastructure. She is active with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Committee on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering has travelled to Chile and Japan after their recent subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis to study the effects on lifelines. She has actively been engaged with the public, local and state agencies, and the Oregon Resiliency Committee to promote earthquake and tsunami awareness and resilience.



4th Annual Fast ForWARD
Modern Leadership in a Collective Design World

Wednesday, March 16
AIA Portland | 403 NW 11th Avenue

Join us for this annual event presented in the traditional Pecha Kucha format of 9 presenters with 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. This year’s theme is based on the popular theory of “Leading from Behind” and then broadened to share a range of examples highlighting modern leadership of collective groups.

How do you lead innovation, what creates a culture of shared synergy, what are examples of gaining goals with soft persuasion? Join us for an informal evening of dynamic presentations, where you can expect to gain some insightful ideas and see something new!

This event is at no cost & light refreshments will be available.