SAY IT LOUD California
AIA California Chapters are pleased to bring the internationally-recognized exhibition, SAY IT LOUD by Beyond the Built Environment, to the AIA Conference on Architecture in June of 2023. SAY IT LOUD – California will elevate the contributions of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and women designers and architects through the Conference Exhibition as well as regional exhibitions and events across the state in 2023 and beyond.

SAY IT LOUD California has been generously supported by AIA California’s Council of Architectural Component Executives as well as AIA Central Valley, AIA Los Angeles, AIA Orange County, AIA San Diego, and AIA San Francisco.

SAY IT LOUD was founded and designed by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, creator of Beyond the Built Environment, and recipient of the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. The exhibition spotlights the contributions of diverse design professionals to the built environment. SAY IT LOUD California will feature a digital exhibition at the AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco in June 2023, an online virtual exhibition on the Beyond the Built Environment website and, following the Conference, local exhibitions hosted by California Chapters in 2023 and beyond.

To date, SAY IT LOUD exhibitions have been viewed by over 55,000 visitors since January 2017. From inception, multiple online publications (such as Forbes, Curbed and The Architects Newspaper) with large subscription bases have helped promote the exhibitions further expanding its impact. The concept of SAY IT LOUD is: “To see our faces, hear our voices, [and] feel our impact within the colorful tapestry of our heritage.” SAY IT LOUD is the activation of a national movement of sharing, protecting, and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD engages diverse audiences to elevate the identities and contributions of minority architects and designers who testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact.

BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) and women architects, engineers, designers, students and planners who reside in California are encouraged to submit.

Entry deadline is May 4, 2023.  For full submission details and to enter, visit:

Here are several important links:

SAY IT LOUD California Information and Entry Portal Link:

For more information about SAY IT LOUD, visit:

Beyond the Built Environment:

To explore the Great Diverse Designers Library, visit:

Questions? Contact: [email protected]