[INCLUDE] brings together five of the profession’s foremost thinkers and trailblazers in regards to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the profession. The group of speakers and panelists is comprised of women, persons of color, and LGBTQ+ persons. Each speaker and panelist represents a different background, thus bringing a unique voice to the conversation.

[INCLUDE] will challenge all participants to be part of the discussion. This event will be completely interactive. All participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, and share ideas with our panelists and other participants. By the end of the event, we hope everyone will look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves:


Join us on Wednesday, November 03 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM CST


Moderator: Sarah Curry, ASSOC. AIA, NOMA

Sarah Curry lives in Philadelphia, PA where she works at DIGSAU and is actively involved in many local organizations and committees. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she is a graduate of Auburn University’s Rural Studio and a past National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students. Sarah believes that everyone deserves good design. She endeavors to chase that mission through her life’s goals of reducing the carbon footprint of our profession and creating and sustaining equitable communities. Outside of architecture, Sarah enjoys volunteering, writing, reading, crafting, and tv/movie marathons.

Panelist: Helen Bronston, AIA

Helen Bronston (she/her) received her M.Arch in 1990, ad has practiced architecture for over 30 years. She is currently writing a PhD dissertation in History of Architecture at UC Berkely. She is currently the Architecture Discipline Lead and an Associate with SmithGroup in San Francisco, where she is also a member of the firm’s J.E.D.I Board Committee. Her work has included award-winning projects for science, healthcare, senior living, K-12 education, and communities. 

Panelist: A.L. Hu, AIA, NOMA, Ecodistricts AP

A.L. Hu is a queer, non-binary person working in New York City. Their passion is at the intersections of the built environment and social justice, manifesting in design projects, essays, visual media, and collaborations with other architects and communities to understand and rethink the architect’s role in creating inclusive spaces. They are an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, and currently working as Design Initiatives Manager at Ascendant Neighborhood Development in East Harlem. They are a member of as well as a conduit connecting many organizations, including The Architecture Lobby, QSPACE, ArchiteXX, and AIA New York. A.L. is the founder of Queeries, an initiative that seeks to quantify and qualify the multifaceted experiences, stories, and feelings of queer designers confronts discourses of diversity, equity, and inclusion within design professions.

Panelist: Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LSSYB, WELL AP, LEED AP

Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LSSYB, WELL AP, LEED AP, is an architect, medical planner, and Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at HKS, Inc. With national and international experience on healthcare, sports, residential, institutional, and commercial/mixed-use projects, she thrives on inclusive community design, building belonging through equitable practices, and creating workplace environments that promote psychological safety and mirror the communities it serves. 

As an AIA COVID-19 Health Impact Task Force member, Yiselle led the creation of the Additional Considerations section of the AIA Alternative Care Site Preparedness Assessment Tool V2.0 providing support measures for ethnically diverse and marginalized populations. She co-founded the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects (LA.IDEA) DC Committee and founded the “Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design” (WIELD) Event program, which received the 2019 AIA Diversity Program Recognition Award. Currently, she serves as the AIA DC Chapter Board Treasurer, NOMA Chair of Research and Development, and AIA New Urban Agenda Taskforce member. Professionally, she focuses on bridging through differences and empowering the next generation of leaders in the AEC industry.

Yiselle is a storyteller, a 2015 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Scholar, and a recipient of the 2018 AIA Associate Award.

Panelist: Ryan Gann, Assoc. AIA

Ryan Gann, Associate AIA, has blazed a trail founded on service, leadership, and design. From his time as an engaged student leader to his expanding contributions to the built environment, Ryan has managed to stay ambitious while having fun along the way.

His professional portfolio spans architectural and urban design investigations that enhance communities across Chicago and the world; expressing the role public space plays in an equitable and sustainable future.

Ryan is the recipient of the 2018 AIA Associates Award, Schiff Foundation Fellowship from the Art Institute of Chicago, and was the inaugural Architect-in-Residence at the Hyde Park Art Center. Ryan has served on the national boards of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Panelist: Nicole Hilton, AIA, NOMA

A native of Austin, Texas, Nicole Hilton is the founding Partner and Design Architect of Cole Hil. Mrs. Hilton is a talented designer and Architect. Her complex experience in diverse, prominent architecture projects fuels the firm’s ability to provide high quality services for our Partners. An alumnus of Louisiana State University, she is honored to be recognized as the first African American female graduate of the LSU School of Architecture to become a licensed architect.

Her decision to establish an architectural firm in 2014 was based on the requirement to uphold 3 principles. The first principle, being a firm of excellence and follow through which leads to successful projects and long-term relationships. Second, fostering an internal environment of creativity, open exchange of ideas, integrity, and intellect, therefore breeding innovative passion which reaps a high-quality service. Thirdly, creating signature, refined architecture that makes a positive impact on the community it serves.

In addition to her architectural design expertise, Mrs. Hilton advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession and design excellence. She is currently on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia 2016 Board and an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Atlanta Chapter. She enjoys giving back what she has learned by becoming a mentor through the AIA/ NOMA mentorship program and periodically participates in the Kennesaw State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University architecture school design reviews.