Thought Leaders by Sessions

Thought Leaders by Sessions

#EQxDM3 Opening Reception at Autodesk Gallery

Friday, October 28, 2016, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

1 Market Street, San Francisco

AIASF Equity by Design welcomes #EQXDM3 Symposium attendees to join us on Friday, October 28th from 5pm to 8:00pm at Autodesk Gallery at 1 Market Street for a warm welcoming reception and special INSPIRE% TALKS program with 6 unique professional journeys.  A special drawing will provide 3 winners an annual subscription to - a professional website platform allowing architects and design professionals to feature their portfolio and business service offerings. 

As the Symposium is currently sold out, there will be a limited number of tickets available for Friday Night's Reception 


INSPIRE% Talks is a rift on what happens when you combine our INSPIRE% Blog Series concept with the active and light spirit of a "pecha kucha" format. Friday's INSPIRE% Talks program begins at 6pm and will feature 6 personal stories starting from our own EQxD Core Team and 2 recently "returning" professionals.


AIASF Equity by Design:Metrics, Meaning & Matrices

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8am to 5:00pm

San Francisco Art Institute - 800 Chestnut Street

Opening Session - 9:00 - 9:30am


Career Dynamics Survey Findings and Panel Session - 9:30 - 10:30am

Our research shows that regardless of age, gender, or level of experience, respondents’ perspectives on their careers in architecture are shaped by the ways in which they address several key issues, or career dynamics, within the context of working in a practice. Each of these career dynamics has the potential to cause professional and personal tension. In this panel discussion a diverse group of experts will explore how we can, as a profession at large, as firm leaders, and as individuals, lessen the negative impacts of these dynamics and help each other successfully tackle these issues in our careers

Career Dynamics Break Out Sessions - 11:00 - 12:00 noon

A1: Culture with Intent: Recognizing and Shaping your Office Culture  


It is said that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”.  Office culture matters – in producing quality work, in defining and expressing a brand, in employee retention. Knowingly or not, we live, breathe, and feel our office’s culture every day. Each office has its own values, traditions, ways of communicating and leading. Understanding your culture helps you gauge fit and manage performance. Through panelists’ examples, guided exercises and break-out groups, you will identify the hallmarks of your office culture, evaluate it through the lens of your personal values, address any incongruity, and develop strategies to effect change if needed.


A2: Being a Change Agent - Tools, Techniques and Scalability


How do the industry’s most influential change agents move from identifying a problem to making a lasting impact? Workshop participants will be invited to learn from the experiences of thought leaders who have shifted the status quo in their firms, academia, and the national architectural community. These leaders will guide participants through tools and techniques while offering them an opportunity to put those skills into practice in a hands-on workshop. Attendees will understand how to: frame a problem, engage others to find solutions and leverage ideas to implement change.



A3: ADVOCACY: Define | Discover | Do


Advocacy can occur at a number of scales, from advocating for ourselves, to fostering environments where everyone can speak up, to working collectively nationally or profession-wide.  In this break-out, session leaders will present case studies that illustrate these different scales of advocacy.  . Through participatory exercises attendees will discover ways to test and implement advocacy at each of these scales. The session will conclude with a conversation about insights gained through the case studies and exercises, leaving participants better equipped to actively advocate in small ways and large.


A4: Disrupting Implicit Bias in Design and Practice


Everyone has implicit bias. We develop our biases through our environment, the people we engage with, and the culture we grow up in. These interactions shape the expectations we have for ourselves, colleagues, and even potential clients. Thus, bias can have a major impact on the design process and desired outcomes in our profession. Additionally, reflecting on our own “Bias Blind Spot” is critical to building empathy and foster a culture of open communication. We will explore implicit bias in design and practice through research and storytelling. We will examine our “Bias Blind Spots” in small groups, and share resources to increase our awareness of bias in our workplace and foster strategies for tangible change.

Career Pinch Points: Survey Findings and Panel Session - 1:00 - 2:00 pm

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.

Career Pinch Points: Break Out Sessions - 2:10 - 3:10 pm

B1: Equity in Practice: Firm Strategies for Implementing Change.


Recognizing that the individuals who make up a firm are its most valuable asset, many of today’s top firms, large and small, have made strides towards building more equitable workplaces in order to sustain lasting and competitive businesses. Four professionals in the industry will discuss specific strategies related to flexibility, performance review and promotion, recruitment and retention, and mentorship/sponsorship and advocacy. They will examine successes and lessons learned, and how these strategies can be implemented in order to positively influence equity in the profession of architecture.


B2: Transcending the Glass Ceiling - Redefining What It Takes to Succeed


The glass ceiling has long been cited as the ultimate problem. However, this idea of a single invisible barrier at the cusp of upper leadership is no longer accurate or useful. There are a spectrum of obstacles throughout a professional’s career and we must work continually to overcome them. This session will look at this spectrum and explore strategies for moving our careers forward. Session leaders will share their experiences and the tactics they have employed to achieve career advancement. Participants will share their own approaches and ideas and together the group will produce a playbook of strategies that everyone can apply to their careers


B3: Hackathon - Mentorship Re-designed


Mentoring is important for professional growth at any career stage, from learning the ropes to navigating choices later on. Unfortunately, mentorship can reinforce inequity as mentors and mentees are often drawn to people of similar ethnicity, race, and gender. Mentorship can also be too limited in scope, restricted to advice when the mentor can be most powerful as champion or sponsor, advocating for the mentee when promotion or hiring decisions are made. In this session we will ‘redesign mentorship’ through hands-on exercises and small group discussions. Together we will create a tool to provide effective professional development for everyone.


B4: Graphing the Work-Life Equation: Different Approaches to Success


From balance to flexibility to integration, there are many ways of conceptualizing the relationship between work and our personal lives. How do we develop successful, personalized strategies for making it work? Session leaders will share how they’ve set goals for balance, flexibility, or integration, and the strategies they’ve adopted as a result. Then participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own approach to the work/life equation and discuss how it has (or has not) worked for them. Working together, participants will map these approaches to work/life, highlighting connections between individual goals, personal and professional context, and long-term success.

Closing Session: Keynote and Matrices Panel Session 3:45 - 4:55pm


Matrices Panel Session: Change Agents

The Matrices Panel brings together leaders who have one major thing in common - a desire to create better environments for equity. The panelists, who are diverse in race, gender, cultural and professional background, will share how they developed their insatiable passions to make a difference.  One particular similarity in the journeys of these Change Agents is that they remember the moments when they realized they were the “first”, which meant they had no role models. We will discuss the hallmarks of meaning in their transformational, inspiring leadership and the matrices they have woven to trail blaze and achieve their people-centered missions.

Closing Session - Final Remarks

#EQxDM3 Closing Reception at SF Art Institute

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco

San Francisco Art Institute Courtyard

AIASF Equity by Design welcomes #EQXDM3 Symposium attendees to join us after the main event on Saturday October 29th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the San Francisco Art Institute Courtyard for the closing reception to relax, reflect and revel in the beauty of this unique setting.