Pride X Design

Conversations with AIA LGBTQIA+ Alliances

February 23, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Credit: 1.0 LU | Hybrid Event
Architecture & Design Exchange (AD EX)
325 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75201

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Join the AIA Dallas LGBTQIA+ Alliance as we come together in conversation with other AIA LGBTQIA+ Alliances from chapters across the nation. We will discuss topics surrounding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) to share lessons learned on beginning LGBTQIA+ Alliances, how other Alliances are engaging the growing local community in queer | LGBTQIA+ architecture, engineering, and construction professionals, as well as looking at a broader approach to connectivity as a national organization.

Learning Objectives – After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Explore how other AIA LGBTQIA+ Alliances were founded and currently engaging as a local component committee
  • Discuss how they are engaging with local components in bringing visibility to LGBTQIA+ design/architecture professionals
  • Identify tangible steps to increasing inclusion and belonging within the workplace and the profession
  • Use frameworks and lessons learned from the three AIA LGBTQIA+ Alliances in establishing programming and committees at their own AIA components and applying it to other celebrations, cultures, and other diversity groups.


The Pride X Design is a guest blog that is hosted by the AIA DC Equity by WIELD Stories space. The blog is a platform to share not only what's on our minds, but more importantly, what our community is thinking, feeling, and dreaming. The content only becomes richer with each new diverse perspective that contributes. While individuals in our organization will post from time to time, we invite others to also author their own opinions, big ideas, and personal testimonies.


A.L. Hu, AIA, is a queer, nonbinary transgender Taiwanese-American architect, organizer, and facilitator. Their interdisciplinary practice synthesizes organizing for racial, class, and gender justice with design; rethinks the architect’s role in facilitating accessible spaces; and manifests in collaborative work. Hu was a 2019-2021 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow and they are currently Design Initiatives Manager at Ascendant Neighborhood Development in East Harlem. They are a member of as well as a conduit connecting many organizations, including Design as Protest, Dark Matter University, NCARB, and AIANY. Hu writes the not-so-regular Queer Agenda newsletter, and provides brainpower and energy for Queeries, an ongoing community-building initiative for and by LGBTQIA+ architects and designers. They received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP, and has taught at Columbia University, City College of New York, University at Buffalo, and University of Michigan.

Beau Frail, AIA, (he/him) is an architect, artist and poet. Beau is passionate about social impact design and advancing justice, equity and inclusion, including within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Joe Iglesias, Assoc AIA, Senior Architecture Designer at BKV Group. Joe embarked on his education at Baylor University but decided to pivot and follow his passion in architecture in San Antonio. A graduate from both The University of Texas at San Antonio and UT-Arlington, he has more than 9 years of professional experience from architectural design, to working as an urban planner in 2010 in the lower Rio Grande Valley, before pursing his master’s degree in architecture. Joe currently sits as the AIA Dallas COTE 2023 Chair and believes in taking a holistic approach to his projects while advocating for sustainable designs that improve individual wellness, economic and social conditions for everyone.

Joe lives with his husband and his precious dog CoCo in the Heart of the LGBTQIA+ Oak Lawn neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. He is a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ causes within the workplace and in the AEC industry.

Lucas Goldbach, AIA specializes in residential architecture, office design, and interior architecture Lucas and his business partner lead a team of architects and designers at En Masse. Their firm’s ethos is about creating communities and teams around projects. He believes that every detail is important and that the design process is as important as the final result.  

Lucas is the current co-chair of the AIA Chicago LGBTQIA+ Alliance, the first of its kind within the organization. 

Tim Petersen (he/him) is an Architect at Chioco Design in Austin, TX. Tim has been a long-time volunteer with the LGBTQIA+ Alliance at AIA Austin and is currently serving as the 2023 Co-Chair with Robbie Anderson.


Main Moderator: Sarah Nelson-Woynicz (she/her) is a Project Architect at HKS, Inc in Atlanta, GA. Following the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit in 2023, Sarah founded Pride by Design – a digital blog focused on bringing visibility to the stories and experiences of LGBTQIA+ designers and architecture professionals. Sarah is currently serving as the AIA Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee, Community Director. 

Breakout Moderator: Lisa Ulibarri is a planner at Page/ and the chair of the Dallas AIA LGBTQIA+ Alliance.  They started their professional career in healthcare design in 2019 and has been actively involved in the Dallas AIA LGBTQIA+ Alliance since the start of 2022. In addition to healthcare planning, Lisa has written a research paper focusing on complex trauma and currently writes one about a prototype trans health center. They hope that their passion for healthcare can uplift queer focused design to better serve their community. 

Breakout Moderator: Paloma Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, with over 8 years in the field. She has a wide range of architectural and design experience ranging from modern residential to commercial office to healthcare. Paloma has actively been involved in the LGBTQIA+ Committee since its inception, and she truly believes that representation matters. As a latinx queer woman, she wants to make sure future professionals who identify as LGBTQIA+ have a space in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering, because our perspectives are needed, we do exist, and our voices are a very important part of the conversation.

Breakout Moderator: Tyler Jones was born and raised in Dallas and completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Texas Tech and graduated in 2015. Specializing in multifamily design is a passion of Tyler's and he considers himself the bridge between contractors and owners via his role in construction administration. Tyler is co-chair of AIA Dallas' Bark N' Build and spearheads the Toy Drive for Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's Holiday of Hope during the Christmas holiday.

Breakout Moderator: Yavar Saremi is a lead architect with Overland Partners in Dallas. He specializes in design of assembly spaces and his extensive experience on notable projects, including U.S. Bank Stadium, Globe Life Field and Southern Gateway deck park showcases his expertise in design of complex structures. Yavar firmly believes that a design grown naturally out of a site will inherently be an environmentally and socially conscious one. For him, the relationship of a building to the environment, cityscape and its cultural setting is what makes it successful. Yavar attended UT Arlington where he received a master's degrees in architecture. He has been a proud Dallas resident for 14 years, where he lives with his husband and German Shephard Dog Rebel.