Women in the Workplace: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom


 Women in the Workplace: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

March 25, 2021

4:00-5:00 pm PT


Via Zoom

(link sent upon completion of registration)


This is a complimentary event brought to you by the Women in Green Committee.





Women are leaving the workforce in droves disproportionally due to the pandemic.  

Join us for a conversation about the socioeconomic impacts, how we can get women back into the workforce, and the long-term effects on our society.


Our virtual event will include 60 minutes of panel discussion including Q&A from the audience.

Everyone is welcome to stay after to enjoy a happy hour networking!



Miranda Gardiner

Assoc. AIA, LEED Fellow, Fitwel Ambassador, Estidama PQP
EcoDistricts AP Vice President, Sustainable Design Leader, HKS, Inc.

As a part of HKS’ DesignGreen team, Miranda Gardiner is a vice president and sustainability leader in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She manages multiple sustainability projects out of various offices and curates educational content on topics such as energy modeling and material selection for her region. In 2020, she spoke at Greenbuild, the CarbonPositive Summit and California Energy Commission’s EPIC Virtual Forum, served on the Greenbuild Advisory Board, and volunteered with USGBC-Los Angeles. A San Francisco native, her career and studies have afforded her multiple international experiences such as field work on an excavation site in Greece, a research fellowship in Germany, and a secondment with the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. 

Prior to her role at HKS, Miranda managed the technical development of LEED rating systems at USGBC National, including the launch of the LEED for Healthcare system and the LEED Pilot Credit library in 2010. With a passion for the environment and bringing people together to improve sustainable practices, she believes that caring for oneself resonates in one’s ability to care for the greater good (she is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast). In May 2021, Miranda is tackling her first ultramarathon with the Climate Ride organization – she will be running 42-miles on Oregon’s trails and has raised over $5000 for environmental non-profits such as Architecture 2030 and the LA County Bicycle Coalition.

Miranda serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Green Building Council and on the LEED Advisory Committee with USGBC. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts from Georgetown University.


Dr. Upali Nanda is Principal and Director of Research for HKS, a global architectural firm where she spearheads research projects globally. She also serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education and teaches as the Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan. She serves on the board of directors for HKS and the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Her doctoral work on “Sensthetics” has been published as a book available on Amazon.com. Her award-winning research has been widely published and cited in peer-reviewed journals andmain stream media. In 2015, Dr. Nanda was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential people in Healthcare Design by the Healthcare Design Magazine. In 2018, she was honored by Architectural Record with the Women in Architecture Innovator Award. In 2019, she was recognized as one of nine people shaping American design by Specify Magazine from Metropolis.