Day 2 Keynote

Renée Cheng, FAIA, NOMA

Renée Cheng, FAIA, NOMA, a staunch advocate for equity in architecture, led the research behind the AIA Guides to Equitable Practice. On June 23, she joins Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, and Jeanne Gang, FAIA, for a galvanizing conversation moderated by Keynote Host Lee Bey.


Portrait of Renée Chang on a collage of geometric shapes


Renée Cheng is the John and Rosalind Jacobi Family Endowed Dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. She was named dean in January 2019, following service as head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.

Renée advocates for equity in the field of architecture and in the practices related to the built environment. Recently, she led the research effort for the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice in the workplace, which is widely used in the building industry. She has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies, including work on industry adoption of Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Modeling, and Lean.

Known for her pedagogical skill designing classes and programs that empower students and integrate practice with academia, Renée has twice won the AIA Practice Leadership Award. She has twice been named one of the top 25 most admired design educators in the United States by DesignIntelligence and is an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor. In 2017, she received the Lean Construction Institute Faculty Award and was elected to The American Institute of Architecture’s College of Fellows.

Renée is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, College of Distinguished Professors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, The American Institute of Architects, the AIA College of Fellows, National Organization of Minority Architects, and the Lean Construction Institute Faculty Research Fellows.

As a bold thought leader, Cheng is frequently called upon for keynotes and lectures on the future of the built environment and equitable practices in the built environment, including topics at the intersection of innovation, collaboration, equity, social/environmental justice, and intercultural fluency.

A licensed architect, her professional experience includes work for Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners and Richard Meier and Partners before founding Cheng-Olson Design.

Event details
Thursday, June 23, 8am
McCormick Place Convention Center

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