Beth Held Chosen as the AIA Colorado Associate of the Year

Senior Project Manager at Forum Phi architecture firm, Beth Held, was recently awarded the AIA Colorado Associate of the Year. This is an incredible honor for the firm who’s Founding Partner was also recognized by AIA in 2017 with the Young Architect of the Year award.

Architecture Industry and Women

Recognized achievements by women architects are still the exception and not the rule. In a survey of the world’s 100 biggest architecture practices, only three were headed by women. And two had as many female managers, according to this article found in Dezeen Magazine. Architects of change Forum Phi is insisting that with more women engaged in the architecture industry the time is now, and we’re excited to honor the unique talents of this group of future leaders.

The architecture industry has historically been male-dominated. Securing an equal opportunity workforce is something that Forum Phi strives for, and we are committed to ensuring we do our part to promote women in the industry and in our firm. From hiring more women over the past few years to making sure that those at our firm are continually learning from great female and male leaders, our goal is to honor exceptional performers regardless of their gender. Forum Phi is proud to be a partially woman-owned firm with Jennifer Olson as Partner and women comprise over half of our management team. Take a look at our culture page and you’ll see that in our firm, women hold the majority.

We are in fact starting to see the dynamic change everywhere. According to NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) in 2016, women account for 36% of newly licensed architects compared to 34% in 2015. Women are also earning their licenses almost 10 months sooner than their male peers.

AIA Colorado Associate of the Year

“Receiving the AIA Associate of the Year is completely unexpected and I couldn’t be more excited. I am inspired by not only my mentors but also my team members that make each of our projects come to fruition,” says Beth Held. “We are lucky to work at a firm such as Forum Phi, that truly defines what it is to be different. From the culture to the benefits and the work we do, I’m proud to be a part of a firm that has such high values and morals.”


Women have long played a role in shaping the landscape of the architecture industry. Forum Phi is overjoyed that these contributions are beginning to be noticed.