WiA Fireside Chat

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November 18, 2020
6:00 PM


Brought to you by the Women in Architecture

AIA Houston Women in Architecture is pleased to announce WiA Fireside Chat, an evening with Dean Michelle Addington and Anzilla Gilmore, FAIA, NOMAC. This virtual event will be a candid discussion with Addington and Gilmore about equity in Architecture Schools, followed by an question-and-answer session from the audience. Attendees are encouraged to submit their questions ahead of time to wia.htx@gmail.com. 

WiA Fireside Chat: Dean Michelle Addington + Anzilla Gilmore, FAIA, NOMAC, led by Amanda Dean, PE, Associate AIA

  • Wednesday, November 18 |  6p-7p
  • Open to All via Zoom - registration is required
  • Zoom link will be provided to all who register, Monday, November 16th


  • Michelle Addington, Dean, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Austin, TX

Addington holds the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly, she served as Gerald Hines Chair in Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale University School of Architecture and was jointly appointed as a Professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to teaching at Yale, she taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Technical University of Munich, Temple University and Philadelphia University. Originally educated as a mechanical/nuclear engineer, Addington worked for several years as an engineer at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and for E.I DuPont de Nemours before she studied architecture. Her teaching, research, and professional work span across these disciplines with the overarching objective of determining strategic intersections between the optimal domains of physical phenomena with the practical domains of spatial, geo-political, economic, and cultural systems. Addington received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University, and Master in Design Studies and Doctor of Design degrees from Harvard University. She also holds an honorary Master of Architecture from Yale University.


  • Anzilla Gilmore, FAIA, NOMAC, Assistant Director for Project Management & Engineering, Diversity & Inclusion Program Director, Rice University, Houston, TX

Gilmore is a founder and the current treasurer of the Houston chapter of National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), sits on the National NOMA finance committee, is the 2020 inaugural recipient of the Texas Architect’s Award for Equitable Practice in Architecture in Honor of John S. Chase Jr. FAIA, is a 2021 AIA Houston Board Member, and is the founder and current advisor to the Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholars Mentorship Program. Gilmore was the 2019 chair of the AIA’s National Ethics Council and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in February 2019. Gilmore received a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. She became only the fifth female registered architect in the state of Texas and the first in the city of Houston in 2004.  She worked in traditional architectural practice in Waco and Houston before transitioning to project management.


  • Amanda Dean, PE, Associate AIA; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Chair, Walter P Moore; Associate Professor at The University of Houston College of Architecture and Design, Houston, TX

Dean is a founding member of both Women in Architecture (WiA) Houston and the Houston AIA JE:DI Collective, is past chair and current fundraising chair of WiA Houston, and past advisor for Future Women in Architecture at the University of Houston.   Dean has taught the structural component of the technical studies program at UH CoAD since 2014. Dean received a Bachelor’s of Science from the Rutgers University School of Engineering and her Master of Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an editor for Modern Steel Construction Magazine. During her undergraduate career she also worked part-time with a geotechnical firm, construction company, and architecture firm.