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In Collaboration with 

AIA California's Council of Architectural Components   

AIA Central Valley, AIA Los Angeles, AIA Orange County, AIA San Diego, & AIA San Francisco

Submit for SAY IT LOUD-California
To be considered for the physical exhibition in 2023 please submit
*Due to overwhelming demand, we have extended the deadline to May 8.*

SAY IT LOUD exhibition has been invited to feature work by Diverse Designers of California.

In line with our mission to elevate the contributions of diverse designers, we are inviting you to submit.

The SAY IT LOUD - California physical exhibit will debut in June 2023


To date, SAY IT LOUD exhibitions have been viewed by over 55,000 visitors since January 2017. From inception, multiple online publications (such as Forbes, Curbed and The Architects Newspaper) with large subscription bases have helped promote the exhibitions further expanding its impact. The concept of SAY IT LOUD is: “To see our faces, hear our voices, [and] feel our impact within the colorful tapestry of our heritage.” SAY IT LOUD is the activation of a national movement of sharing, protecting, and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD engages diverse audiences to elevate the identities and contributions of minority architects and designers who testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact.


Please provide the requested information below to gain a chance to be one of the few designers exhibited in

SAY IT LOUD - California

We will notify the Featured Designers - May 2023


  • Submission period  March 15, 2023 - May 5, 2023

  • Selected Architects/Designers Announced: May of the Physical Exhibition 

  • June 7-10 SAY IT LOUD California Digital Exhibit Opens at AIA Conference in San Francisco

  • July 2023 + beyond Featured Chapter Exhibitions in CA



  • Applicants are required to live and/or work in California and be women or BIPOC designer, who have a significant role in the submitted project. 

  • Projects submitted for consideration may be located outside of California.

  • Women (She, Her) (female or transgender) of any ethnicity and Black, Indigenous, Person of Color

  • Built / Unbuilt Work 

  • Each submission highlights one person and one of their projects; however, entrants may submit more than one project for the exhibit (ie. multiple entries).

Beyond the Built Environment strongly encourages submissions that reflect a broad and inclusive definition of design excellence. Each entry is judged for the success with which it has met its individual requirements. Submissions must exhibit design achievement that demonstrates exemplary skill and creativity in the resolution and integration of formal, functional, and technical requirements, including ecological stewardship and social responsibility. Submissions should also reflect a strong sense of place, history, and purpose.​

Architecture is a profession in which design capability is prized and intellectual property is the most common proof of worth, in terms of talent and experience. Contemporary practice is by its nature collaborative. The more complex the project, or the more prolonged the design and construction process, the more individuals may lay valid claim to credit for some part of the work.

Please comply with the AIA Code of Ethics for credit and attribution below.

Why Enter?

Participation is critical to Say IT LOUD CA’s success!

Entrants will:

  • Become a part of the SAY IT LOUD international movement, and bring a national presence to the great diverse designers of California.

  • Provide exposure and access to themselves, their firms, and their featured work through a nationally recognized and highly trafficked website.

  • Add their name to the “Great Diverse Designers Library ,” featuring nearly 1000 diverse designers. 

  • Have opportunities to participate as panelists and/or featured guests surrounding the AIA Conference and/or subsequent local Chapter exhibitions.

  • Become part of a reference book that will include all featured designers—a future goal of SAY IT LOUD and Beyond the Built Environment.

Entry Fee

$100 per entry
Includes biography, headshot, entry responses to several questions, one featured project (multiple images / drawings permitted), and a short video (optional).

The exhibition, SAY IT LOUD - California

AIA National Conference in San Franisco 

June 2023

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Kim Altamero

Sepideh Amin

Yakuh Askew

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Yakuh Askew

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Madhubala Ayyamperumal

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Christina Boccius-Frankel

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Tapati Bose

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Barbara Bouza

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Edgar Cardenas

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Alicia Chavez

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Gabrielle A. Bullock

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Lotos Chen-Young

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Ida A. Clair

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Lance Collins

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Asawari Dandekar

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Chava Danielson

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Malcolm Davis

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Patsy Del Angel

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Jenny Delgado

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Drake Dillard

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James C. Dodd

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Yakuh Askew

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Madhubala Ayyamperumal

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Christina Boccius-Frankel

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Tapati Bose

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Barbara Bouza

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Gabrielle A. Bullock

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