Inspired by the American Institute of Architects’ Women in Architecture committee, Women in Design | Denver was formed in 2005 by Cheryl Bicknell, Martha Bennett, and Peggy Kinsey to foster a self-supporting community of women across the design professions. The first meeting attracted nearly 50 women working in various facets of engineering, architecture, and interior design. WiD continues to grow in number and in diversity, providing members with a uniquely cross-disciplinary experience.
Based on the interests of the women who joined, WiD first offered a mix of social, community service, and professional activities. Eventually, a strong educational component was added in, and based largely on that focus, the group filed as a non-profit in 2009.
In 2010, Women in Design acquired 501(c)(3) status, and a new age had begun.
Since its founding, WiD has actively sought a diverse membership in every aspect. Professionally, our members work for more than 250 firms, and represent all facets of design: architecture, engineering, construction, landscape architecture, interior design, environmental design, and other related fields. The Women of WiD bring to the table a rainbow of opinions, creeds, nationalities, and resumes. We learn from one another’s experiences, benefit from one another’s connections, and share one another’s successes. Join Us!
WiD’s programming is designed to inspire women to take charge of their careers and empower them to become leaders of the design community. At least once a year, we inspire by hosting a woman speaker of international renown. On a regular basis, we empower with a rich variety of expert-led skills development classes that address issues from the technical to the interpersonal. But these are only part of what WiD has to offer.
Helping women meet other women in the industry is key to our collective success, so WiD helps members forge lasting connections to mentors, role models, resources, and friends. And because we believe that success is holistic – that the demands of work should be balanced with restorative play – we sprinkle in a few events that are pure fun.
Some of our Program Offerings:
Expert Spotlight: Learn from the Locals
Get the low-down on the local design scene and learn from esteemed peers when local design experts share their experiences. Whether the format is a featured speaker, moderated panel, or an 8 x 8 presentation (8 speakers, 8 minutes), you’ll have fun and come away inspired.
Low-Pressure, High-Value Networking
Enjoy plentiful opportunities for comfortable, but powerful, cross-disciplinary networking.
Participate in discussion groups organized around topics including issues facing new or small business owners, pursuing work – life harmony, or projecting a strong professional image in a male-oriented industry. Groups typically meet for breakfast or lunch.
Hard Hat Tours
Step out in your comfortable, closed-toe shoes for a behind-the-scenes look at local construction, and a first-person perspective from women involved in the project.
Invest time and knowledge through mentoring and visioning programs to help our professions thrive and remain diverse.
Get your hands dirty while building bonds of friendship by being a WiD team community service volunteer for national and grassroots organizations.
Be an advocate for awareness and change by taking action and raising funds to participate in charitable events.
WiD participates in:
- ACE mentor Program of America, Inc.
- University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning
- UPLift Career Fair (Boy Scouts of America/Denver Public Schools)
- High School Math Day for Girls (Aurora Community College)
- Habitat for Humanity
- Denver Digs/Denver Parks and Recreation
- Architecture for Humanity/Feed Denver
- Dress for Success
- Women’s Bean Project
- Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure
- American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb …and more!