AIA Houston Women in Architecture 2023 Equity Series Workshop

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May 25, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Architecture Center Houston
902 Commerce
Houston, TX 77002

Brought to you by the Women in Architecture


Date: May 25 - 9am-Noon

Location: Architecture Center Houston, 902 Commerce, Houston, TX

AIA Credit: 2.0 LU



“Our life is our biggest design problem.”

Part 2 of the  RE|Define series 2023 features a workshop led by Jacki Schaefer, Rice University Career and Alumni Specialist, and Krystyn Haecker, AIA, Mirador Group. This engaging and interactive session will pick up on the conversation from the RE|Define panel and guide attendees through redefining and designing a career in the AEC industry. With a focus on highlighting different perspectives and identifying individual priorities, the workshop aims to empower professionals to consider paths to success in addition to the prescribed corporate ladder, designing their life and creating value on their own terms.

What can an equitable work structure and path to career fulfillment look like?



Jacki Schaefer is the Career and Alumni Specialist for Rice Architecture, with a foundation of experience and knowledge gained from her previous career as an architect and BIM educator. She is a passionate believer in the holistic application of architecture skills across industries and strives to equip architecture students and alumni with the tools they need to succeed in any field.

Jacki aims to create opportunities for professionals to identify a customized approach to work-life balance and a need to design a fulfilling career that also allows time for personal pursuits. This perspective has informed her approach to career counseling, where she encourages students and alumni to think beyond traditional career paths and explore opportunities that align with their unique interests and goals for long-term fulfillment.

Jacki has a combined 14 years of experience working at Rice, including six years as a Career Specialist. In this role, she has developed and implemented career-focused programs and events, provided one-on-one counseling and mentorship to students and alumni, and fostered relationships with a wide range of architecture firms, design studios, and other industry partners.


Krystyn Haecker is an Architect and Associate Principal at Mirador Group, a multi-disciplinary design firm she has worked at for 10 years which focuses on the creation of community at the single-family, multi-family, mixed-use, and urban design scales. She specializes in executing urban multi-family and mixed-use commercial projects, where engages with how people live, work, and interact with their community at different scales. Krystyn serves on the Mirador Group Leadership Team, leads an office of 17 talented architects and designers, manages programs for recruitment and professional development, and participates in strategic planning for the future of the company. As a leader at her firm, Krystyn has been responsible for growing a team of diverse and talented individuals, and in doing so helped create a passionate, collaborative and inclusive firm culture.

Krystyn has served on various committees and boards with both AIA Houston and the Texas Society of Architects (TxA). She was nominated to the TxA Board of Directors as the Vice President of Professional Development from 2021-2022. She also served on TxA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee from 2019-2020 and the TxA Convention Futures Committee from 2018-2020, and currently serves on the TxA Design Awards Committee. In 2016, Krystyn participated in creating the Women in Architecture (WiA) Committee of AIA Houston. She served as the 2018 Committee Chair and 2017 Vice-Chair for Networking and Social Media. During her tenure as Committee Chair, WiA Houston received the TxA Mentorship Award. Krystyn was selected as a scholar for the inaugural Houston class (2018-2019) of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) and served as the CKLDP Sponsorship Advisor for the 2019-2020 class.



  • $20 AIA Members / AIAH Affiliate Members / Students
  • $25 Non-Members

Additional Information:

  • Advanced registration is required.  A minimum of 3 days' notice is required to recieve a full refund if you need to cancel your reservation
  • Surface lot parking and street parking avaiilable (fees apply)
  • Walking distance from the Metro Rail line