Walt Disney Imagineering
African American AIA Fellow
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
California Based Designer
Bouza was recognized by The Los Angeles Business Journal as Executive of the Year: Women Making a Difference. She has also been named by Real Estate Forum magazine as a Woman of Influence: California.
Barbara Bouza is President of Walt Disney Imagineering. She leads a multidisciplinary team tasked with exploring, developing, and bringing to market groundbreaking ideas that enhance and expand Disney's global portfolio of experiences. The great designer holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and studied in the Graduate Diploma Program at the Architectural Association in London. When Bouza officially became sole President of Walt Disney Imagineering in 2021, she became the first woman and person of color to hold that position in the division’s almost 70-year history. Barbara previously served as Co-Managing Director, Principal of Gensler Los Angeles. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, she was the 2019 AIA Los Angeles President, and previously served on the Board of the Southern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. Bouza was recognized by The Los Angeles Business Journal as Executive of the Year: Women Making a Difference. She has also been named by Real Estate Forum magazine as a Woman of Influence: California. Bouza is on the Board of Directors of Imagine LA, a leading not-for-profit dedicated to mobilizing the community to end the cycle of family homelessness and poverty and is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and the Women Presidents’ Organization. Additionally, she works with nonprofit organizations such as, Girls Inc, and Dress for Success.
Object Two - Practice Management, or Practice Technical Advancement
Year of Elevation:
Featured Project Name:
EPCOT Theme Park Transformation
Featured Project Location:
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Featured Project Completion Date:
Role in Featured Project:
President and Team Lead
Featured Project Description:
The refresh of several areas of EPCOT stays true to the original vision of the park all while bringing timeless Disney storytelling to life with the magic of possibility. Bridging the past, present, and future of EPCOT, a new fountain at the base of Spaceship Earth features three new pylons and flags flanking the fountain with six original EPCOT icons. Artistic homages to Mickey are throughout the Creations Shop, including large, dynamic murals tapping into the park’s original artistic spirit.