Please join us in a groundbreaking study that will establish metrics and highlight best practices for achieving gender equity in architectural practice. The survey will be Phase 1 for a multi-year project and the first major research study of its kind to be conducted by an AIA local chapter in the US. The survey will be administered via SurveyMonkey.com starting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
In the United States, while women represent about 50% of graduates of architectural programs, less than 18% of licensed architects are women and even fewer achieve leadership positions or ownership. The Missing 32% Project is an initiative fueled by a desire for sustained discussion, research and a call to action for addressing these statistics.
For the past two years, AIA San Francisco has hosted sold-out symposiums engaging leaders and emerging professionals in conversation on the evolving role of women architects in the 21st century and the changes necessary to expand diversity. Our primary focus is to conduct research on the subject, publish best practices and use the results to foster peer-to-peer accountability and collaboration among firms regionally and beyond, with the primary goal of attracting, promoting and retaining the profession's best talent pool.
Additional information is provided at http://themissing32percent.com/project/ which will include a link to the survey, qualifications of our Research team and details about how the data will be managed. Survey results will be summarized in the aggregate and will not identify individuals or firms.
We encourage everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area Architecture and Design community to participate. Survey participants will be eligible for a drawing for 2 tickets to the AIA SF Design Awards Gala at SF JAZZ in April.