A member-led professional forum to elevate women in interdisciplinary design.

The League of Women Designers is a member-led professional forum that exists to elevate women in interdisciplinary design and benefit the larger design community.


We do this by:

Increasing visibility of women in the design field through panel discussions, exhibitions, public lectures, and our online presence

Celebrating work created by women in the fields of design

Encouraging interdisciplinary design inspiration and collaboration

Cultivating a local community of female designers

Increasing national interconnection of female designers

Activating a design dialogue that educates and inspires the larger community

Educating the public about the fluidity of design practices and the specific contributions of women in design

LWD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


We are a community of designers working in different fields of design - architecture, interiors, industrial, experience, brand, design/build, professional artists, fashion designers, academia, graphics, etc 



LWD – pronounced [LAWD] – giving nod to the origin of the group name – League of Awesome Women Designers.

The League of Women Designers was established in Portland in 2009, conceived as a means of pooling the minds of creative individuals who happened to be women.

Fueled by organic growth, the League of Women Designers gained a Chicago chapter in 2011, a NY chapter in 2016 and soon a Denver chapter. Like the Portland chapter, the goal is to foster and harness the collective energy that comes from an interdisciplinary network of designers.