Britt Lindberg, FAIA
AIA Silicon Valley
As an AIA leader, Britt Lindberg advances the impact of design through enhancing institutional outreach and communications; prioritizing climate action, equity and forward-looking perspective; and creating innovative knowledge resources for members and the public.
Fellows Feature Questions:
- Why did you apply for fellowship?
I was encouraged to apply by other Fellows in my chapter, especially long-time mentor, friend, and past AIACA president, Lee Salin. Without this tap on the shoulder, it was something I knew I wanted to do in the future, but did not think I was qualified enough for yet. With his and many others’ support, I applied in the hopes that if I was successful, it could inspire others to apply, particularly women or under-represented groups in the industry. Now as the third female Fellow in the AIA Silicon Valley chapter, I am extremely humbled, honored, and ready to support others along similar paths.
- Where were you when you got the news you received it?
I was working from home, mid-client-meeting, and received a message of congratulations from a Gensler colleague in DC who had also just been elevated. I had to go off-camera as there was definitely some shock, then tears of joy with the news of this honor!
- How did you celebrate?
My partner Mike and I went out that evening to a favorite nearby restaurant with an ocean view to watch sunset. We then planned a trip to two bucket list locations we’d never been to – Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon in northern AZ. We took the trip in early April and it was amazing. I also look forward to celebrating with other FAIA’s in person at A’22 in Chicago this June.
- What’s your one piece of advice for those applying, or thinking of applying?
Keep very well-organized records of your work, photos, publications, awards, speaking engagements…anything along your path that contributes to your story for significant contributions to the profession. Then when you do apply, you have more time to focus on the ‘why’ in your application, and less on digging back through time, looking for supporting documents. Another tip is that this can’t be done alone – don’t be shy asking for help or insights from those who know your work and impact.
- What’s your most favorite project you have worked on within your career? They are all my favorite, each for different reasons. 🙂
- Who has inspired you most within your career?
I am extremely fortunate to have many mentors at past and current work, and through AIA chapter, state, and national board involvement. Family, colleagues, and friends…all are inspiring in different ways, and it’s the holistic culture of support and encouragement that drives me to do my best and help others do their best as well, every day, no matter what the day may bring. Onward we all go!