Sheila Cordova, AIA is a designer, architect, and instructor. She is the co-owner and founder of Cordova Architects (an evolution of ChoyAssociates). Her firm has worked in a variety of commercial and community projects, winning a prestigious AIA award and community awards for positive impacts on neighborhoods. She is an advocate of collaborative community engagement and human centered design.
Sheila teaches critical investigative skills for contemporary practice. Her projects examine a myriad of issues comprised in today's design decisions using collaboration and research. Sheila is committed to bringing social issues into the classroom where her courses research and explore opportunities of design, innovation, and community engagement. She has taken her classes to visit work sites, volunteered at build sites for Habitat for Humanity, designed fixtures for shelters, and is a champion of human-centered design. Sheila believes collaboration, action, and social justice awareness are opportunities for students to engage with each other in real world situations and connect within their community.