Started in 2014, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation celebrates women’s contributions to the built environment. In addition to recognizing and supporting the diverse women working in the building professions, Built By Women provides strong role models and mentors for both current professionals and students.
Women are underrepresented in the building professions. The goal of Built By Women is to changes this. Increasing the number of women in science, technology, engineering, architecture and mathematics is critical to the country’s ability to compete globally. Teams that reflect diverse skills, backgrounds, and gender identities achieve greater innovation, leading to increased economic growth.
In 2020, Built By Women took place in the Los Angeles metro area. From 100 submissions, 56 architectural, engineering and constructions projects were selected by a jury of national professionals in the industries. A designed map of the selected projects was created to showcase the projects and the Built By Women initiative. Previous Built By Women initiatives focused on Manhattan (2018), Washington D.C. (2016) and New York City (2014).