This evening, May 27th, a forum of leading Latinx architects, landscape architects, and urbanists will explore what it means to be a Latinx design professional working in the U.S. today. The virtual event is hosted by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIA SF) and the group Latinos in Architecture, and is free to attend. Register here

Moderated by publisher and activist Roy R. Hernandez, the event also features the perspective of Studio-MLA’s founder Mia Lehrer, FASLA, who will share personal stories along with insights into her work, community engagement and activism.

Known for innovative and community oriented solutions in citymaking, landscape architecture, and urban ecosystems, Lehrer was recently tapped for the now all-women board of commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. At the talk today, she will be joined by architects Karina Ruiz, Alexander Salazar, and Alicia Ponce for a lively discussion of personal journeys, inclusion-based practices, and the communities in which these professionals work.

About the Talk

What: "Latinx Voices: Design, Advocacy, Equity + Building Comunidad” talk with Mia Lehrer

Where: Online

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time: 5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET


  • Mia Lehrer, FASLA, founder and president, Studio-MLA
  • Alicia Ponce, NCARB, LEED AP,  founder and principal, APMonarch
  • Karina Ruiz, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, founding principal, BRIC Architecture
  • Alexander Salazar, AIA, NOMA, founding principal, Salazar Architect
  • Roy R. Hernandez, founder and publisher, ByDESIGN (moderator)


Building on past events hosted by the San Francisco chapter of Latinos in Architecture (LiASF), this panel discussion of Latinx thought leaders will explore participants’ personal stories; their work, community engagement and activism; and what it means to be a Latinx design professional practicing in the US today. The online event will be moderated by Roy Hernandez, founder and publisher of ByDESIGN magazine. Register for this lively discussion focused on personal journeys, inclusion-based practices and the communities that participants serve and work with in their practice.