September 19, 2022

Epstein’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) group is proud to present a panel discussion on the book “Latinas in Architecture,” an event, which is open to the public, and will feature three of the contributors to the book speaking about their highs and lows in design as well as their passion for the built environment.

The panelists for this event are:

Alicia Ponce, APMonarch

Yanet Garcia, Related Midwest

Claudette Soto, baso, Ltd

The event will take place on September 26th from 6 pm to 8 pm and will be held at Epstein’s Chicago HQ located at 600 West Fulton, 9th Floor.

“Latinas in Architecture” is a book project created by Arquitina - a national non-profit organization founded by architect Alicia Ponce. The mission of Arquitina is to raise the fewer than 1% of licensed Latina architects in the United States.

Latinas in Architecture is an anthology of compelling highs and lows, and sometimes shocking, life stories of multicultural Latina women in the field of architecture. The women in this book are passionate about architecture and the built environment. The stories are told by young professionals, experienced architects, mothers and/or business owners. Representing less than 1% in the architecture field, they proudly contribute to the built environment as architects, engineers, urban planners, construction managers and sustainability professionals. In this book you will find 19 stories with different beginnings, challenges, and compelling reasons that kept each woman going on their architectural journey. Simply put, they are “chingonas”, aka bonafide badasses, impacting the architectural landscape.

If you would like to attend, please contact Noel Abbott at or (312) 429-8048.