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There has been much discussion raised about "Why are women leaving Architecture? and more broadly, Why is the profession losing key talent?"  Both women and men practitioners are disillusioned by the myth of work/life balance: Women are grappling with "have it all" expectations of juggling family time with the demands of full-time work.  Men are struggling to support their families solely on an architect's salary and fall back on asking spouses to maintain their jobs. The lack of affordable childcare and high cost of living only magnifies the challenges.  How did we end up in this modern family dilemma? What can we do to improve the situation?

EQxD U Workshop 4: Architecture AND... Meet the Panelists!

by Julia Mandell

We are excited to bring you the 4th and final EQxD “U” Workshop of 2015:
Architecture AND...Exploring Meaning & Influence by way of Multidisciplinary Practice
October 22, 2015 @AIASF 130 Sutter St, San Francisco 6pm - 8:30pm, register here

With Architecture AND… we will explore alternate models of practice that expand the avenues of influence for architects. More than 50% of all respondents to the 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey stated that they were dissatisfied with their current job situation. A large number responded that they were interested in alternative career paths. Rather than leave architecture behind completely - and have the profession lose ever more talent to other fields - how we can cultivate expansive multidisciplinary practices that are innovative, exploratory, and meaningful? 

The workshop will feature four professionals who have taken their work beyond the traditional boundaries of the field. After a review of key survey findings on the topic we will hear from the panelists about their paths, entrepreneurial thinking, and lessons learned in a question and answer session. This will be followed by design thinking exercises to guide us in thinking freely and widely about our career futures and the new kinds of practices we can create. Gain the courage and knowledge to turn your interests and ideas into a new work reality at our workshop!

10/22/15 Architecture AND… Workshop Agenda
Networking & Refreshments 6pm - 6:15pm
Introductions/Welcome 6:15 - 6:25pm
Panel Discussion 6:25 - 7:15pm
Break/Transition 7:15 - 7:20pm
Design Thinking Exercises 7:20 - 8:10pm
Conclusions 8:10 - 8:30pm



EB Min
Partner, Min | Day

EB is the San Francisco-based principal of Min | Day.  A graduate of Brown University, EB received her March from U.C. Berkeley.  E.B.’s early experience in the landscape architecture design-build office of Topher Delaney and Andrea Cochran instilled an interest in the integration of landscape and building. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley and currently teaches at California College of the Arts. E.B. has served on the boards of both the AIASF and the AIACC. During her tenure on the AIASF board, EB helped in the formation of the Missing 32% Project. Recently she has been involved in expanding her practice into furniture design with the formation of MOD furniture, a design off-shoot of Min | Day.  

Robert Yuen
Founder and CEO, Section Cut, RYRD

Robert Yuen is the co-founder and CEO of Section Cut and founder of RYRD (Robert Yuen Research + Design). Trained as an architect, Robert’s design practice has developed over 6 years into a dual focus on architectural services and web-based entrepreneurship. Robert earned his March from the University of Michigan, as well as an MS in Architecture specialized in the use of digital technologies with industrial multi-axis robotics. Robert is currently focused on Section Cut, a web-based community committed to empowering designers and demystifying design culture to the larger public. SC is a crowd-sourced, curated collection of design resources and objects with an educational agenda.

Peter Wilson
Partner, Wilson Associates, Markethall Foods

Peter Wilson is a founding principal of Wilson Associates, a development/design/build practice practice in Oakland. Peter received his MArch from U.C. Berkeley and established a solo design practice in New York, NY, where he was named one of the Architectural League’s first Emerging Voices and taught at Pratt Institute before establishing Wilson Associates in the Bay Area with partners Tony and Sara Wilson. Peter is an architect, a developer, and a small business owner who, along with his siblings, has developed a panoply of small businesses to create a sustainable urban design vision in North Oakland.

Laura Crescimano
Partner, SITELAB Urban Studio

Laura Crescimano is Principal and cofounder of SITELAB urban studio, a San Francisco-based strategic design firm focused on using research & visualization to create great places through big plans and small interventions. SITELAB’s work operates at the intersection of analysis and inspiration. Laura’s projects range from the Kendall Square Public Realm Plan for Cambridge, MA to Pier 70, a 28-acre acre mixed-use development on San Francisco’s waterfront. She has written and lectured on temporary urbanism, design entrepreneurism and public space. She currently teaches on Design and Activism at UC Berkeley. Laura earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard.