Fostering LEADERSHIP through the support of educational opportunities for our next generation of leaders in the architectural community

The Beverly E. Hauschild-Baron Leadership Fund (BHB Fund) was established in 2001 to recognize Beverly Hauschild-Baron’s 25 years of service to AIA Minnesota. Its purpose is to help develop ongoing leadership for AIA Minnesota by providing financial support for AIA Minnesota members and AIA Minnesota staff pursuing leadership training. Funding is provided through designated donations and other private support.

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship

The BHB Fund is honored to provide scholarships to attend the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, to be held in Chicago, October 8-10, 2024. This scholarship will be issued as a reimbursement to recipients to help offset expenses (hotel, airfare, and conference registration). Scholarships are limited to individuals living/working in Minnesota. 

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) is one of the only gatherings where women architects and designers are surrounded by other women in a professional setting. It creates a candid, comfortable environment where women can contribute unique perspectives and facilitate conversations about challenges within the industry: Gaining respect on a construction site, negotiating, managing remote teams, getting promoted, and many others.

Summit Goals:

    • raise the profile of women in the profession
    • explore new paths to leadership
    • create a learning environment that supports the needs of multiple career stages in one event
    • provide a space for women architects to learn from one another

The application period for 2024 has expired.

2024 Timeline
Application opens:                     Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Submission deadline:                Friday, June 14, 2024

All applicants notified by:        Monday, July 1, 2024
Summit Dates:                            October 8-10, 2024

Active in AIA Minnesota Leadership Forum

Leadership Forum 2014BHB Fund committee members actively participated in the development of the curriculum and selection of participants for the first AIA Minnesota Leadership Forum, which launched in January 2010. The BHB Fund provides up to two scholarships for forum participants. Supporting this program is perfect fit for the BHB Fund, based on the forum’s mission: to engage a diverse group of AIA Minnesota members in understanding and strengthening their leadership skills in the areas of communication, ethics, motivation, community outreach and mentorship.

AIA Minnesota Convention Leadership Keynote Speaker Sponsored by BHB Fund

The BHB Fund also sponsors the final leadership keynote speaker at the AIA Minnesota Conference. This presentation is designed to be an inspirational and thought-provoking conclusion to the AIA Minnesota Convention. Previous speakers:

2023 – Blueprints of Beagles: Will Artificial Intelligence Drive Design and Construction?, Phillip Bernstein, FAIA, is an architect and technologist who has taught at the School of Architecture at Yale University since 1988.

2019 – Designing with Intention: How We Might Make Spatial Justice a Reality, Liz Ogbu a designer, urbanist, and social innovator. 

2018 – Design Justice: Design as Protest, Bryan Lee, a designer and design justice advocate; he is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National Day of Action.

2017 – The Collaboration Imperative, Emma Birchall, is head of Insight and Forecasting with Hot Spots Movement, a specialist research consultancy.

2016 – Redesigning Leadership, Courtney E. Martin, author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being.

2015 – Telling Tales: Creative Change and Disruptive Leadership, Kaywin Feldman, Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia).

2014 — The Loyalty Switch, James Kane, world’s foremost expert on what makes someone truly loyal – to another person, to an organization, or to a cause.

2013 — The Trust Edge, David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist and author of the national bestseller The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line

2012 — Design on the Future, David Zach, futurist

2011 — Working with Integrity, Nan DeMars, an internationally recognized thought leader and practitioner in the area of workplace ethics for more than 30 years.

2010 – Geoff Webb, Vice-President of Graceworks, gave a wonderfully animated presentation that was well received by those in attendance.

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship Recipients

2024 Scholarships

Angela Varpness, AIA
Jyotsna Sivaguru, Assoc. AIA
Greta Norris, AIA

2023 Scholarships

Alexa Deppeler, AIA
Jena Quast, Assoc. AIA
Kaitlin Schalow, AIA

2022 Scholarships

Ashley Mitlyng, AIA
Katie Merten, Assoc. AIA
Megan Schires, AIA

2019 Scholarship Recipients

In 2019 the BHB fund offered fourteen (14) scholarships in honor of the fourteen (14) women in Minnesota who have been elevated to the College of Fellows.  
Amanda Aspenson, AIA
Jasmine Countney
Jessica Holmes, Assoc. AIA
Neva Hubbert
Aishwarya Karunanidhi, Assoc. AIA
Erin Kindell, AIAS
Emily Little, Assoc. AIA
Joy Rackley Martin, AIA
Amanda Pederson, AIA
Dana Saari, AIAS
Marta Snow, AIA
Rebecca Staley, Assoc. AIA
Elizabeth Turner, AIA
Ellie Ziaie, Assoc. AIA

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Katie Kangas, AIA

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Andrea Hammel-Wollak, AIA
Damaris Hollingsworth, AIA