The American Institute of Architects Richmond was founded in 1976.

Richmond Women in Design (RWiD)


Richmond Women in Design (RWiD) began in January 2010 to create a forum for women architects and professionals from allied fields to come together for education, mentorship, camaraderie, networking, community outreach, programs and research. We are affiliated with AIAVA’s Virginia Women in Design and a Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the AIA. Our members are architects, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, graphic designers and others involved in the designed environment. Events are typically scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month and the location revolves, depending on the program. Our membership is free, thanks to the support of our sponsors.

RWiD Mission
RWiD strives to create and foster a community of women in the professions serving the built environment who have come together for mentorship, support, and advocacy for women in design. We provide opportunities to educate, enhance, explore and celebrate the historic and present contributions of women in our professions through education, networking, outreach and professional development.

RWiD focuses on programs that encourage and inspire women to be active members of the design community, to learn about career paths and foster leadership development, and to make meaningful connections through sharing professional and life experiences. Our events include networking events, presentations by women leaders in their fields, panel discussions, and building tours featuring women designers.

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