AIA Northern Virginia
Women in Architecture
WIA Lecture Series: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

February 26
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Firm Initiatives

Panel discussion with local firms about how each firm developed and implements their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion programs. Panelists include:

Fawzia Ahmedali, Perkins Eastman

Fawzia AhmedaliFawzia Ahmedali is a project architect and senior associate with Perkins Eastman with over 20 years of cross-disciplinary experience in architecture, interiors, and master planning.

Her body of work spans across cities of the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India - encompassing diverse project types including commercial, residential, mixed-use, educational, and transit systems. In the last five years living and working in Washington DC, Fawzia has worked on transformative projects such as the District Wharf, multi-family and mixed-use projects in the district and latest being Phase 2 of the Art Place at Fort Totten project currently in development.

Fawzia co-leads the Women's Leadership group for Perkins Eastman's DC office and is also actively involved professional development initiatives for Perkins Eastman staff. An avid traveler and a sometimes keen photographer, she spends much of her free time discovering new places and cultures and expanding her knowledge and passion for what makes cities tick, buildings successful within their context, and studying how people interact with the urban environment.

Larry Carr, Perkins+Will

Larry CarrLarry Carr brings over 20 years of experience as an interiors project manager in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office. He has worked with corporate, profes¬sional services, and government clients. Larry’s experience as a project manager promotes successful projects through his understanding of client coordination and construction oversight to team assimilation and budgeting. Larry’s techni¬cal knowledge and design awareness provides expertise in project manage¬ment, building code application, specification writing, design, and architectural detailing.

By spending time in design firms from Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and DC; Larry has gained exposure to an extraordinary range of design styles and processes. Since 2014 Larry has been a member of the Firmwide Diversity Council and currently serves as Co-Chair of the council.

Amanda Clements, HGA

Amanda ClementsAmanda Clements has been with HGA for more than 18 years, beginning her career in the Minneapolis headquarters and continuing leadership in the Alexandria location since 2014. Both a licensed structural engineer and experienced project manager, Amanda has served in both roles for projects across multiple practice sectors, including corporate, government, cultural, higher education, and healthcare. Whether as an engineer or project manager, Amanda appreciates a holistic approach to her projects and fully immerses herself in all aspects of the design and construction. Integrating excellent communication skills with an energetic style, she is a skilled facilitator who enjoys working closely with the project team, client leadership, and stakeholders to create transparent and inclusive processes. Her specialty is facilitating Lean tools including pull scheduling exercises, workflow mockups, and facilitated work sessions, which enable teams to collaborate within proactive, efficient, and client-focused frameworks. Amanda is a licensed engineer in Virginia and Minnesota and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Theresa Sheils, Gensler

Theresa SheilsAs Co-Managing Director of Gensler's Washington, DC office, Theresa Sheils leads teams as they create transformative design solutions for clients locally and abroad. With more than 20 years of experience, Theresa excels at managing large, complex project and consultant teams, as well as leading clients with multiple stakeholders. Some of her recent projects include Tysons Tower, 99 M Street SE, Capital One campus in McLean, and Duke Kunshan University in China. A proponent of sustainable design, Theresa works with her clients and team members to develop high-performance design solutions that use leading technology to reduce energy use and mitigate negative effects on the environment. A registered architect and LEED®-Accredited Professional, she graduated from Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. She is a member of the American Institute of Architecture, NAIOP and ULI.

Moderator: Carmen Menocal, Beyer Blinder Belle

Carmen MenocalCarmen Menocal has 15 years of experience in master planning, programming, architectural design, documentation, and construction administration for higher education and institutional new construction and large-scale renovation projects. Clients include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Friends of the High Line, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Architecture from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture. Carmen started BBB's Open Channel EDI initiative in 2018.

Women in Architecture is pleased to partner with Beyer Blinder Belle to hosting a series of panel discussions on what firms are currently doing to be more Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive and how we can improve our current practices. Check back at this site for more information and registration.

Hosted by Beyer Blinder Belle. 3307 M Street NW, Washington, DC, Suite 301. [Google Maps]