Women in Design

The information below will change as we pivot from an in-person event to virtual; please check back for updates.

Wednesday, December 2
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This year’s theme for the Women in Design (WiD) Symposium at ABX20 is Women Inspire Design 20:20. Building on the 20th Anniversary celebration of the WiD Design Excellence Awards, we will continue the conversation on how practitioners of design and construction can be change agents for social progress, inclusivity, and equity.

The one-day symposium events include the WiD Keynote Breakfast and two 1.5 hour workshops (see schedule below), the Women in Design Luncheon & Awards Ceremony, and the WiD Happy Hour. In addition, the symposium registration package also includes expo hall admission on Wednesday and Thursday. 

WiD Award of Excellence Background 

Introduced in 2000, the Award of Excellence was created to recognize outstanding design work that reflected the values of women in the field. Since that time, it has been given to a person whose body of work has contributed to the betterment of the design community. Open to any discipline or practice that impacts design or built environment, the award honors multifaceted careers, collaboration, and mentorship, promoting those who use their position to positively influence those around them.

Looking Forward: The Next 20 Years 

As we celebrate and learn from the past 20 years of awardees, and as we take stock of design practice today, we ask how we can build upon the work of those who came before us - the pioneers who shifted paradigms and gave us an elevated platform upon which we can advance social and professional progress even further. We ask how excellence can be embodied through values and how we will define those values. As a legacy of the Feminist movement within the design field, the Award of Excellence helped give visibility to women and their contributions; how do we to recognize contributions with more inclusivity and advance the profession for everyone?

Women in Design Scholarships

WiD celebrates and encourages success and leadership for women in the design community. As such, we offer full-day scholarships for student and design professionals to attend the WiD Symposium. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the essay application. 

For questions, contact widboston@gmail.com, subject line “WID ABX Scholarship.”

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