I Am AIA:
Peggy Heim AIAExpand
Peggy Heim, AIA is a project manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects with over 10 years of architecture experience. Her design projects have ranged in type including market rate and affordable housing, cohousing, community, senior, and commercial projects for clients in the public and private sectors. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and Masters of Architecture from UW.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
After I graduated from UW and began working in the architecture profession, I joined AIA Seattle for continuing education and to participate in the Laddership Mentoring Program. I later became involved in the AIA Seattle Women in Design Committee and through that, helped organize the AIA National Women’s Leadership Summit in Seattle in 2015.
What is the value of AIA to you?
AIA has been valuable to me by keeping me in touch with the architecture profession, through both people and ideas. I have made many good friends and have found mentors through being involved in AIA Seattle activities, first through Laddership and then through Women in Design. I have received continuing education on topics that I am passionate about by attending multiple National AIA Conventions and participating in AIA Seattle events locally.
What relationships have you created?
Through organizing the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, I got to know many amazing people working at a variety of design firms in Seattle. We created a network of women designers that has lasted beyond the event we helped organize. We still keep in touch through Women in Design events and informal meetups. Less than 20% of licensed architects in the State of Washington are women and I hope our group will continue to support each other to thrive in the profession.