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

September 30
- AIA Guides for Equitable Practice

Panel discussion with contributors to the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice. Panelists include:

Yiselle Santos Rivera, Associate AIA, HKS, Inc.

Yiselle Santos Rivera, Associate AIAYiselle Santos Rivera, Associate AIA, LSSYB, WELL AP, LEED AP, is a medical planner and the Global Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at HKS, Inc. With national and international experience on a broad range of healthcare, residential, institutional, and commercial/mixed-use projects, she thrives on building equitable practices, empowering the next generation of leaders, and creating inclusive platforms for engagement.

She currently serves as the Associate Representative on the AIA National Board and as the AIA DC Chapter Board Secretary. She is a co-founder of the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects (LA.IDEA) DC Committee, the past-Chair of the AIA DC Equity Committee, and the founder of "Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design" (WIELD), which received the 2019 AIA Diversity Program Recognition Award.

Yiselle has been featured in several national Podcasts and is a published author. She is a storyteller, a 2015 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Scholar, and a recipient of the 2018 AIA Associate Award.

Del Ruff, American Institute of Architects

Del RuffDel Ruff serves as Senior Director of Workforce and Education for the American Institute of Architects national office in Washington DC. Del’s responsibilities include the management of the workforce and education team, which focuses on addressing the pathways to becoming an architect starting in K-12 through Higher Education. The team also focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession and the AIA membership.

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.