Women in Architecture is a program through AIA Northern Virginia that strives to expand the diversity of the design professions to mirror the society that we serve, to promote awareness of the contributions of women architects and to guide and encourage women to consider a career in architecture and allied fields. For the upcoming panel discussion on July 22, Bonike will join leaders from Ayers Saint Gross, Michael Marshall Design, Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center and Beyer Blinder Belle to discuss what each firm is doing to be more equitable, diverse and inclusive—and how we can all collectively push the industry forward.
More about Bonike
Bonike Akinsanya, PHR, SHRM-CP is a Senior Associate and leader with the Human Resources team at CannonDesign. Driven by a deep passion for diversity and equity within the AEC profession, she supports the firm in recruiting and retaining top talent, fostering an inclusive workplace culture, and creating rewarding employee experiences. Bonike is a founding member of CannonDesign’s Diversity + Inclusion Council and leads the firm’s partnerships with historically black colleges and universities. In her hometown of St. Louis, she is a regular presenter and workshop facilitator for the INROADS program—a non-profit addressing the lack of ethnic diversity in corporate America. She’s also actively involved in the Greater St. Louis Society for Human Resource Management, the Young Leaders Group for Construction Forum STL, and is a former Young Friends Board Member for Starkloff Disability Institute. Born in Nigeria, Bonike obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Master of Human Resources from Lipscomb University.