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Women Building Nevada Symposium 2023

Get ready to be inspired at the second annual Women Building Nevada Symposium, hosted by the AIA Las Vegas Women in Architecture Committee! This event is all about celebrating the remarkable women who have made a lasting impact on the state’s built environment.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from a lineup of impressive keynote speakers, engage in thought-provoking panel discussions, and network with some of the most influential women in the industry. Together, we’ll explore the significant contributions that women have made to Nevada’s architecture, engineering, construction, urban planning and much more.

Don’t miss out on this inspiring day of learning and connecting with like-minded professionals. Join us for the Women Building Nevada Symposium and be a part of the celebration of the outstanding achievements of women in our industry. This event is open to all, tasty food and refreshments will be provided (Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic)!

Confirmed Agenda

1:00: Check In

1:25: Welcome, Introductions – Monica Gresser, AIA, Chair of the AIA Las Vegas Women In Architecture Committee

1:30-2:30: Panel Discussion “Vision & Planning” will cover current and upcoming projects, Affordable housing, water, land use and infrastructure.

Moderator: Laura Jane Spina
Jennifer Lewis, City of Henderson Planning Commissioner
Serena Kasama, City of Las Vegas Planning Commissioner
Leslie L. Mujica, Clark County Planning Commissioner
Marissa Guymon, City of North Las Vegas Planning Commissioner

2:30-2:40: Break

2:50-3:45: Break Out Sessions

1) Early Career – Transitioning from School to Firms
Moderator: Ploy Mungrueangsakul, AIA, Architect at Burke Special Projects
Natalie Perez, Assoc. AIA,  Designer at Sparkflight Studios
Gabrielle Fernandez, Assoc. AIA, Designer at Sparkflight Studios
Michelle Tapia, Assoc. AIA, Project Lead at GRN Vision

2) Mid Career – Navigation and Discovery
Melissa Avelar, Project Manager at Clark County School District
Destanee Cook, AIA, Project Architect at EV&A Architects
Markella Garanyants, Project Manager at Clark County School District

3) Entrepreneurs and Owners
Monica Gresser, AIA, Principal Architect at BRAZENarchitecture
Anna Peltier, ASLA, Principal Landscape Architect at FOLK Landscape Architects

3:55-4:00: Non-Profit Partner, Good Deed Project – Mandy Telleria, RID

4:00-4:05: Introductions and Announcements

4:05-5:05: Panel Discussion “Historic Westside: Higher Education As A Catalyst For Redevelopment”

Moderator: Alexia Chen, AIA, Project Architect for LGA Architecture
Sylvia Kim, AIA, AVP Facilities Management for the College of Southern Nevada
Dr. Tammy Malich, City of Las Vegas Director of Youth Development and Social Initiatives

5:15-5:45: Women In Architecture Awards Ceremony

5:50-6:00:  Closing Remarks

6:00-7:00: Reception and Mixer

Please note that you must register to attend.  These programs will be registered for AIA CELU’s.


March 31, 2023
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free – $2,000.00
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The Blind Center
1001 N Bruce St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101 United States
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(702) 642-6000
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Friday, March 31st 2023
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Blind Center
1001 N Bruce St.
Las Vegas, NV. 89101


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