Executive Director, AIA Dallas
Zaida joined AIA Dallas and the Architecture and Design Foundation as Executive Director in January of 2020. She brings public and private sector experience to the combined role. She is a registered architect and sustainability advocate with almost 40 years of experience in design, construction, contracting and public policy. While with the City of Dallas, she helped implement over $800 million worth of diverse public facility projects and directed the implementation of the city’s green building program.
Her work championing green building codes in Dallas was recognized with awards from the Building Officials Association of Texas, North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the CoreNet Global Southwest Chapter. She received a 2014 Pillar Award and a 2016 Luna Award as Outstanding Professional of the Year from the Hispanic Contractor’s Association. In 2019, Zaida was recognized with the Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Dallas Planning Council.