Connect with a Leader

– a joint venture with ForWARD and the Fellows Committee

An opportunity to meet with leaders in the architectural and related design industries. These intimate conversations are purposefully limited in size to allow for open dialogue regarding experiences, challenges and achievements. Open to students and seasoned professionals alike, these casual mentoring groups are intent on sparking connections and relationships contributing to long term career benefits.
Tickets cost $15-$18 (cost goes toward food & drink)

Next event:

The Connect with a Leader series continues September 7th at Noon with lunch hosted by Karina Ruiz, DOWA-IBI Group.


907 SW Stark Street
Portland, OR 97205

Karina Ruiz, AIA, LEED AP BD+CAs a Senior Principal at Dull Olson Weekes-IBI 

Group Architects, Karina serves as the Education Sector lead for their global practice, IBI Learning+. She is committed to the idea that buildings can have a positive impact on society and continues to pursue this goal with relentless passion. She has over 20 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of educational facilities and believes fervently in the importance of this work to shape the future of this world. Karina’s leadership of the Learning+ practice is based on academic research, is focused on the learner and driving design innovation. With several LEED registered and certified projects to her credit, she also brings a deep knowledge of sustainable design that goes well beyond environmental consciousness to include issues of social justice and community building. Karina has managed over $800M of public, educational architectural projects that have earned numerous local, regional and national design awards, including two James D. MacConnell Awards.Karina is also engaged in architectural industry organizations in support of the built environment with a specific emphasis on architecture for teaching and learning. She serves on the Leadership Group of the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE) and is the Past-President of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International Chapter in Portland, Oregon. As a member of the Leadership Group of the National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA CAE), Karina is contributing to the national dialogue linking teaching & learning with the design of space.