Navigating the Ropes: Career Guidance for New AEC Professionals

Doer to Decision Maker

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June 13, 2024
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Architecture Center Houston
902 Commerce St.
Houston, TX 77002

Brought to you by the Women in Architecture

AIA Houston Emerging Professionals and Women in Architecture committees are partnering for an exciting mentorship event for young professionals in the AEC community. Join us for a panel with speakers from the industry with insight into early career experience and guidance on designing career paths.


2024 Navigating the Ropes: Doer to Decision Maker

As we all move through our careers, most of us end up in some role being a decision maker. Whether that’s day-to-day decisions or deciding how to run a firm, we all have a responsibility to execute judgment and are held accountable to those decisions. Often in those roles, we are asked to lead tasks, groups, meetings, projects; and that's not a skill that comes naturally to all. It must be cultivated and developed through trial and error to encourage growth.

How do you identify opportunities in daily practice where you can strengthen your leadership skills? What kind of conversations do you need to have with your senior leadership to identify opportunities for growth? How do you position yourself within your firm to set yourself up for managerial positions in the future? What does leadership look like for you?

• Joe Rivers, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Rivers Barden Architects
• Jean C. Daly, AIA , LEED AP, Principal, Kendall/Heaton Associates
• Micki Washington, AIA , IIDA, LEED AP, NOMA, Workplace Strategy & Change Management Lead for the Americas, bp

• Han Dang, WELL AP, Co-Founder | Principal, Very Handsome Studio


  • 5:30pm, Networking
  • 6:00-7:30 Program


  • $10 General Admission
  • $5   Student

AIA Credit: 1.5 LU


Parking is not included.  There is a metered parking lot across the street located behind McIntyre’s.  The fee is paid using your phone only.  There is also street parking for a small fee until 6pm.  After 6pm, the parking is free.  You may also use the Interactive Parking Map as your guide and we are within walking distance to Metro Rail.