Day 1 Keynote

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE

AIA’s new EVP/Chief Executive Officer is strategically positioned to take advantage of a dynamic moment in history. On June 22, she’ll speak with Madame Architect Founder Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA, about our industry’s leadership role in designing a better world and the future of AIA and the architecture profession.


Lakisha Woods portrait on a collage of geometric shapes


Lakisha Woods, CAE, has spent much of her career in leadership roles in the design and construction industry. She is the executive vice president and chief executive officer of The American Institute of Architects, a dynamic network of 94,000+ architects and design professionals and 200+ chapters committed to enhancing the built environment.

Lakisha previously served as president and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences from 2018–2022. She led efforts to expand the organization’s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.

Prior to joining NIBS, she was the senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the National Association of Home Builders, where she oversaw a 27-member team responsible for all marketing and revenue-generating programs, including sponsorship sales and partnerships with major national companies.

Lakisha currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives Board of Directors as chair of the foundation and chair-elect of the ASAE Board and on the MPI Advisory Board. She also previously served as vice-chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board of Crosswalk. She is a global speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in College Park and lives with her husband and daughter in Howard County, Maryland.

Event details
Wednesday, June 22, 3:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center

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