We are thrilled to bring to you the third annual AIA Dallas Women in Architecture EMPOWERING Conference - a full day to inspire, promote, encourage, and empower women in the design industry and the community. We hope you will join us for the incredible lineup of inspirational and energetic presentations that showcase women that are leading the profession, and making critical impact in our communities. 

Keynote Speaker:

Wendy Dunnam Tita, FAIA
2018 AIA Austin President | Principal at Page

For more than two decades, Wendy Dunnam Tita has sought to integrate innovation and forward-thinking strategy with exceptional design quality. She is a Page Principal, Interior Architecture Director and one of the firm’s market leaders for the Housing and Hospitality projects.

As an architect, Dunnam Tita champions the conversation between design, craft, and people to advance and nurture this essential collaboration, and to enrich the human experience of architecture and its making. She has deep experience developing sustainable design thinking in projects ranging from intimate residential spaces to large and complex public works and has conducted original research and developed designs and standards adopted as sustainable models.

Wendy fosters healthy team environments with an emphasis on mentoring and staff development. Her dedication to education extends outside the office in her relationship with The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. In 1999, Wendy assisted in curriculum development for the Interior Design program. For the following six years, she taught design studios and a lecture course, and today, Wendy continues to support the school as a visiting critic.

Wendy is registered to practice architecture in Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  In 2018, she was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

As a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), she actively supports her profession outside the office by serving as an Executive Board member for the AIA Austin chapter. She was the 2018 President of AIA Austin. She chaired the 2017 AIA Women in Architecture “Shape the Conversation” Exhibit and Events Series. Beginning in 2017, she worked with the committee to create a new AIA Austin Young Leaders Program to support leadership development for Austin architects that began in 2018. She also began a WiA Roundtable education series focused on increasing authorship recognition for women and their work.


With an opening address from

Kourtny S. Garrett, Hon. AIA Dallas
President & CEO | Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Kourtny Garrett was named President & CEO of Dallas, Inc. in January 2017, and has been dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Dallas in various roles with the organization since 2002.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private, nonprofit organization serving as the primary advocate and champion for Downtown, ensuring that Downtown grows as a vibrant center of urban life, recognized locally and globally for the quality of its business, hospitality, entertainment, living, and cultural environments. With a resume that spans 15 years in the development of livable communities, Kourtny’s passion for strong and kinetic city centers carries from Dallas to abroad.

In 2010, Kourtny was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Downtown Association (IDA), an organization representing urban centers across the globe. She is a member of IDA’s National Legislative Task Force and in October 2015, Kourtny was appointed to the IDA Top Issues Council, charged to chair publication of a white paper on innovation in public-private partnerships. Kourtny is also a German Marshall Fellow, and serves on the Board of Directors for The Arts Community Alliance, the Dallas Regional Chamber, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, Dallas Heritage Village and Children’s Medical Center. She is a member of the 2008-2009 class of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas program, and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail and AIA-Dallas. In 2009, Kourtny was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s list of “40 Under Forty” local leaders and this year she has been named to D CEO’s “Dallas 500: The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth” for the last three years.

Prior to joining the Downtown Dallas, Inc. team, Garrett was the Community Relations Manager at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Her career began at Southlake Town Square (a mixed-use lifestyle center) supporting the lead developer, Cooper & Stebbins L.P., by activating the center with community programs, building the tenant base for the district and creating public support for the development.
Kourtny graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, with B.A’s in Communication Arts and English Literature. She is currently pursuing a MA/PhD in Urban Affairs at the University of Texas Arlington.


Session speakers include:

Janis Brackett, AIA
VP and Director of Community Projects | Kirksey Architecture
2014 President | AIA Houston

Laura Davis
Co-owner and VP | hpd architecture + interiors
Co-founder | Architecture Happy Hour podcast

Kelly Farrell, AIA
President & CEO | CallisonRTKL

Jamie Flatt, Assoc. AIA
Principal | PAGE 

Pavi Dinamani and Nammy Sirur
Co-founders | Misfit Communications

Amanda Steed
Certified Enneagram Coach, Founder | AmandaSteed.com

Sponsorship opportunities still available. Contact Shirley Che for more information. 



Event graphic created by Rachel Funk with Page/