Photography by Cheryl McIntosh
What a blast! We had an incredible time hosting 20 firms last Friday at our 4th annual Portland office celebration of International Women’s Day! This year’s event was a show of support to our growing teams and our way to extend beyond our office walls to engage with local businesses, women-owned firms, and other female representatives in the A/E/C industry.
Hosted by the witty, fabulous, local personality Poison Waters, the office was transformed into a lively scene of networking, photo-ops, bingo, and door prize giveaways. Kicking off the afternoon, Ankrom Moisan staff and local businesses— including engineers, developers, designers and more— formed new connections, swapped business cards, and shared their stories in a speed-networking session. The women-owned companies in attendance included Samata Consulting Engineers, Laura Standridge Planning and Engineering, Biella Lighting Design, CDP Landscape, and Christiane Millinger Handmade Rugs.
“Collaboration with MWESB firms is especially important as they get their start in the industry,” said AMA’s Managing Principal, Mariah Keirsey, at the event. “An inclusive team generates more ideas and perspectives, which ultimately leads to better designs.”
Paying homage to the women’s suffrage movement, the office forum was filled with bold imagery and iconography from the time. The Golden Lane wall graphic offered a powerful glimpse inside a non-violent protest at the 1916 Democratic National Convention. Draped in yellow sashes, 3,000 women stood shoulder to shoulder, in silence, for two hours in a successful attempt to convince the Democratic Party to put a woman’s right to vote in its platform. Continuing the tradition of past Women’s Day events purple, yellow, and white—the colors of the original suffrage movement—were used throughout the event.
Thank you to the local firms and businesses who donated incredible food and prizes for the event!
International Women’s Day is an important day for our firm and other industry leaders to recognize and reflect on our respective roles in supporting a more balanced industry.
“I have seen a big shift in this industry during my involvement over the last 25 years,” said AMA's Managing Principal Isaac Johnson. “Women are our clients, architects, and contractors. Ultimately, this industry is about talent and relationships, and offering women and men equal opportunities to grow and lead is a key part of that.”
AMA continuously strives for more equal representation in our work, partnerships, and leadership. This year we were proud to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day with unique celebrations in each of our offices, with a special breakfast in the Seattle office and a happy hour event held by our San Francisco staff.
Our design practice— from architecture to interior design and brand— is strengthened by the diversity of our partnerships and relationships with unique talent. We look forward to continuing AMA’s story of inclusion, collaboration, and empowerment of all voices— not just once a year— but in all that we do.
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