Career Pinch Points: Survey Findings and Panel Session
1:00 - 2:00 pm | Lecture Hall
In addition to the broad landscape of career dynamics, our research has shown that there are a number of professional and personal milestones that can act as career pinch points. These milestones have the tendency to become roadblocks that hold careers in architecture back, and in some instances have affected women to a greater degree than they have men. In this session, we will explore key career pinch points, as well as strategies for fostering equity by increasing both men and women’s success in navigating them.
Principal Consultant, Cameron MacAllister Group
Saskia’s love of design and the people who practice it drive her work. Applying highly strategic thinking and her knowledge of the design industry, she helps clients improve their competitive messaging and compete successfully for projects. Her clients rely on her intent listening and honest counsel. Passionate about supporting the role of women in the workplace, Saskia has channeled her beliefs into diversity consulting, helping firms better understand their challenges and opportunities in those areas. This focus carries over into her work with the AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design Committee for which she is an active spokesperson. Saskia also works with clients—often on an ongoing basis—on strategic marketing planning, positioning, and marketing assessments, as well as retreat and planning-meeting facilitation. Saskia lives in Portland and is building a house in the Columbia River Gorge, strategically located within hiking distance of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Annelise Pitts is a designer with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in San Francisco, CA. In her design work, she has collaborated with clients and interdisciplinary design teams on programmatically complex design and planning projects. Recent projects include the UC Davis Large Lecture Hall, and campus planning for Dominican University of California. As a member of the Equity by Design core team, and the group’s current research chair, she is responsible for the development and oversight of the Equity in Architecture Research Project. She looks forward to sharing the results of the 2016 survey at this year’s symposium. Annelise spends her time outside of work exploring California’s ski mountains, running and hiking trails, and traveling with her husband.
Principal, HDR Inc.
Jill is a Principal at HDR, and a leader in healthcare facility design. Jill holds her architecture licensed in California and is an ACHA board certified healthcare architect; and that is a good thing because she tried and failed at a career in standup comedy. Her background is all healthcare projects, mostly large firms, mostly large projects, mostly medical planning. She attended Clemson University for both her BA in Design and M.Arch, Architecture + Health program. She believes architectural design is a team sport; that hospitals are small magical cities; a short, well run meeting is a thing of beauty; and the intersection of data and buildings will grow exponentially in the next few years. In her past, she has taught residencies with the bay area LEAP Architects in School program, served on the AIA San Francisco Board of Directors, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health National Board of Directors, chaired the Scholarships and Fellowships Committee for the AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health.
Justine is an architectural editor, writer, critic, researcher and curator. She is editor of Parlour and a researcher on the Equity and Diversity project. She is an honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the School of Architecture at the University of Adelaide and a member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect's Design Review Panel. Justine was editor of Architecture Australia, the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects from from 2003 until early 2011, having been involved with the magazine since 2000.
Senior Associate, Arrowstreet
Emily is an architect with 16 years of experience on a broad range of academic, hospitality, institutional, and commercial projects. Her leadership includes serving as 2014 president of the Boston Society of Architects and chairing a national commission on equity and diversity in architecture. Emily’s innovative design work reinforces that a building is more than its shell; it is an experience. As a frequent speaker and writer on the future of architectural practice, Emily is fascinated by how technology, the social economy, and environmental urgency are addressed in Arrowstreet’s practice.
Dean of Architecture, California College of the Arts
Jonathan Massey is Dean of Architecture at California College of the Arts. His prior work includes a professional degree at UCLA and practice experience in Los Angeles, undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Princeton University, and teaching at Syracuse University, where he served as Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, led the Bachelor of Architecture program, and chaired the University Senate. The author of Crystal and Arabesque: Claude Bragdon, Ornament, and Modern Architecture (2009) and co-editor of Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the 20th Century (2012), he has published extensively on the ways architecture builds civil society, shapes social relationships, and manages consumption. A co-founder of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, he has held fellowships from the Centre for Canadian Architecture, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other institutions.
Director of Research and Information, ACSA
Kendall Nicholson is a licensed educator, trained architectural designer, and an avid architectural researcher. He works as the Director of Research and Information at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). With a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia, a MPS in Real Estate from Georgetown and a EdD from Regent University, his research explores the built environment through the lens of a social scientist. He has presented research internationally and his research interests surround teaching, learning, and training within the context of architecture. At the ACSA, he makes efforts to engender research surrounding issues of 1) diversity within the discipline of architecture, 2) architectural relevancy and economy, 3) social justice and the opportunities for architectural impact, and 4) design scholarship and measurable student outcomes.