Monday, July 23rd, 2018
The State of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture
AIA is committed to broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion to create a stronger profession. We stand for human and civil rights, the universal respect for human dignity, and the unbiased treatment of all persons in employment, civic, and business transactions regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, or religious practices.
Join us at the July Chapter Meeting to meet Gianna Pigford, AIA Founding Chair of TxA’s EDI Task Force to learn where are we, what needs to be done, and who can help us get to a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive architectural community.
Gianna Pigford, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP B+C
With over 18 years of experience, Gianna Pigford has provided a wealth of project leadership, managing the construction documentation and administration of several projects throughout the United States. Currently a Design Program Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company in the Dallas Corporate Design Studio, Gianna leads the retail store design and development in Starbucks’ South Central Region. Prior to Starbucks, Gianna had a long employment tenure at Gensler Dallas with recent projects of note to include: the renovation and adaptive reuse of the Dallas County Record Building; a project that spans multiple buildings and program needs. Also of note is the renovation of the iconic Reunion Tower in Dallas; which paved the way for a similar renovation project with the same client for the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles.
Gianna sat on Gensler’s Talent Development and the Design Realization committees to develop technical standards and project delivery methods and resources along with learning opportunities for staff. She was an ambassador for Gensler’s Design and Delivery sector that encompasses the firm’s design and technical leaders as well as project management, sustainable design, digital design, research, and innovative initiatives.