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Apr
26
1:00 pm13:00

A'17 Equity by Design Hackathon - #EQxDHack17 [WE304]

What the Hack? - Unpacking the Workshop Experience

Join us Wednesday, April 26 1-5pm at the AIA Conference on Architecture [A'17] in Orlando, Florida for [W304] EQxD Hackathon: Architecture and the Era of Connection (and Disruption). One of the most unique and talked-about pre-conference workshops, we have developed a reputation within the Conference for developing a game changing learning experience that has yet to be rivaled.  In it's third year, we celebrate the chance to tinker, ideate and hack at the intersection of design, technology, and equitable practice. We have also fine tuned our "UX" aka User Experience by engaging with the teams before during and after the event to make it the best participant engagement event at A'17 - Conference on Architecture.

The day will begin with a diverse panel of industry leaders and entrepreneurs discussing future architectural opportunities in the new digital economy. Once you're inspired, the "mini-hackathon" format will let you develop a real plan of action for creating a positive impact on the profession. You’ll leverage your design thinking skills to rapidly prototype radical, actionable initiatives and explore future business models for the architecture profession. You will be grouped in teams to "Hack" a problem that you have defined. At the end of the session, each group will present an "Elevator Pitch" to the Jurors.

After the official workshop, the fun continues at Cuba Libre for #EQxDHack17 Happy Hour 5:30-7:30pm a few blocks away to network, recap and announce the winning team!

F. Jason Campbell

Architectural Professional | Design Director | Photographer, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | ELL San Francisco | practiceforarchitecture, SF, California

Esther Sperber

Founder, Studio ST Architects, NY, New York

Carlos G. Velazquez

President/CEO, Epic Scan, Ltd., San Rafael, California

Moderator/Juror

 Lilian Asperin

Project Director, Associate, WRNS Studio, Albany, California

Rosa Sheng

Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Albany, California

 

“Without a doubt, the most significant event of the whole AIA National convention in Atlanta was Equity by Design (EQxD) Hackathon ½ day event. Unique to the convention we were going to do something, on the spot, to improve the profession. The whole afternoon was a microcosm of what I have experienced since I attended my first EQxD meeting a year ago. What I got out of it was a real sense of what it will take to move the profession forward and an even stronger sense of optimism that we will get there. ”

— Matthew Gaul 2015 EQxD AIA Hackathon Participant

Join us for a new EQxD Hackathon and explore the intersection of design and tech. The day will begin with a diverse panel of industry leaders and entrepreneurs discussing future architectural opportunities in the new digital economy. Once you're inspired, the "mini-hackathon" format will let you develop a real plan of action for creating a positive impact on the profession. 

You’ll leverage your design thinking skills to rapidly prototype radical, actionable initiatives and explore future business models for the architecture profession

FAQ's

What is a Hackathon?

      You can get a sense of the #EQxDHack17 by checking out the past 2 year's events.

#EQxDHack15 Recap 
#EQxDHack16 Recap

 

THANK YOU 2017 EQXD HACKATHON SPONSORS!

#EQxDHack17 Happy Hour at Cuba Libre, Orlando
Apr
26
5:30 pm17:30

#EQxDHack17 Happy Hour at Cuba Libre, Orlando

  • Cuba Libre

We are pleased to announce the location of our 2017 EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (5:30-7:30pm) at Cuba Libre, walking distance from the Orlando Convention Center . After the A'17 Conference Workshop [WE304] EQxD Hackathon: Architecture And the Era of Connections (Wednesday April 26, 1-5pm) we will have a recap of the workshop, and jury results of the winners along with a networking reception to catch up with Hackathon alumni from Atlanta, Philadelphia and AIA EQxD Champions.

Register for WE304 EQxD Hackathon & Happy Hour

If you register for AIA National Pre-Conference Workshop [WE304] EQxD Hackathon: Architecture And the Era of Connections, your admission to #EQxDHack17 Happy Hour is included! Please register for it from the AIA Conference on Architecture via the Registration Website - the time of the workshop is Wednesday April 26th 1-5pm. (Early Bird Registration ends 2/15)

 

Register for #EQxDHack17 Happy Hour Only

If you can't join us for the EQxD Hackathon from 1-5pm on 4/26, but want to join the fun for the #EQxDHack17 Recap and Happy Hour Networking Reception, you can register for this event separately. Registration includes 2 drink tickets and the mouth watering appetizers of the popular Cuban inspired cuisine of Cuba Libre.

#EQxDHack17 Happy Hour Only Registration Fees

(covers drink tickets and mouthwatering Cuba Libre appetizers:

$15 for Students and EPs
$20 AIA Members
$30 for General Admission.

A'17 Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning, and Matrices in Action [FR306]
Apr
28
3:30 pm15:30

A'17 Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning, and Matrices in Action [FR306]

  • orlando convention center

Join us in Orlando, Florida for A'17 Conference on Architecture at EQxD Curated Collection's Premier event. We are bringing the Equity in Architecture Survey Findings and Actions to share with our national colleagues. 

Equity is the ethos of our work. It is the ability to recognize differences and provide fair access to opportunities. 

At this session, you'll review the results of the most comprehensive research on equity in architecture. You'll leave with strategies that promote equity via professional development and grassroots organizational change. As you'll see, it's in your firm's best interest. 

Equitable practice promotes the recruitment and retention of the most diverse talent while also building stronger, successful, sustainable practices. Using findings from AIA San Francisco's (AIASF's) 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey, you'll develop targeted strategies for promoting equity at various career milestones. 

Experience the power of action by committing to change as an individual, as part of your firm, and beyond.

 

Panel Moderator

Saskia C. Dennis-van Dijl

Principal Consultant, Cameron MacAllister Group, Portland, Oregon

 

Panelists:
Kendall A. Nicholson

Director of Research and Information, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Washington, District Of Columbia

 

Annelise Pitts

Designer, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, San Francisco, California

 

Rosa Sheng

Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Albany, California


Mar
16
12:30 pm12:30

March Monthly Meeting @ WRNS Studio - RSVP by 3/13

Join us for our Spring Time Monthly Meeting @ WRNS Studio (501 2nd Street #402, SF)! Lunch will be provided thanks to our generous hosts at WRNS. Please RSVP by 3/13, noon.

AGENDA
Meet & Greet

Data presentation on Q1 topics
Break-Out: Active Learning

Q2 Outlook
Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Events
* EQxDU - "Being a Change Agent" Workshop: June 15, 12-2pm @ AIASF
* AIA National Convention (Hackathon Workshop and Concurrent Sessions): April 26-28 in Orlando

Mar
3
Mar 4

Why Equity Matters for Everyone - Center for Architecture New York

  • The Center for Architecture

Why Equity Matters: A New Value proposition for Design

The topics of equity and diversity are being widely discussed within the profession of architecture as firms and practitioners struggle with acquiring and retaining talent. At a time when action is needed to respond to changing demographics, the Equity in Architecture Survey, led by Rosa Sheng, AIA, provides insights to the state of professional practice and begins a conversation about the value of equity to architects. To date, this national survey is the largest and most comprehensive study on the topic of talent retention within architecture.

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The AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee and AIANY Women in Architecture Committee are pleased to welcome Rosa Sheng, AIA, for an in-depth discussion of the findings from the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey and the value proposition for Equity and the Future of Architecture

BWAF Leadership Awards Gala: Rosa Sheng to receive Tribune Award
Mar
2
6:00 pm18:00

BWAF Leadership Awards Gala: Rosa Sheng to receive Tribune Award

  • 15 East 27th Street New York, NY, 10016 United States

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is pleased to announce that it will host its annual Leadership Awards Gala honoring six firms and individuals on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street in New York City.

Contributors, supporters and friends of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation will gather for a specially curated experience in celebration of firms and individuals supporting, promoting and retaining female talent in the design and construction fields. Richard T. Anderson, president emeritus of the New York Building Congress will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening’s program. The 2017 Leadership Awards will be presented at the gala in the following categories:

Foundation Award: Gregory A. Kelly, P.E. President and CEO, U.S. and Latin America, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff

Keystone Award: Raymond P. Daddazio, President, Thornton Tomasetti

Pillar Award: Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design and Former Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Oculus Award: Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism and American Studies, Yale University

Scroll Award: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

Tribune Award: Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, President-Elect, AIA San Francisco

Guests will enjoy gourmet food items, cocktails and music throughout the evening while networking with fellow industry professionals.

For more information or to register, please email Cynthia Kracauer at ckracauer@bwaf.com or (212) 577-1200.

About BWAF

The Beverly Willis Architecture foundation (BWAF) is working to change the culture of the building industry so that women’s work, whether in contemporary practices or historical narratives, is acknowledged, respected and valued. BWAF achieves its mission by documenting women’s work, educating the public and transforming industry practice through collaborations with museums, professional organizations and other groups in the areas of architecture, design, landscape, engineering, technology, real estate and construction. BWAF is a national research and educational non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

BWAF’s core programs include education, historical and contemporary research, and outreach. BWAF’s programs and initiatives include Built by Women (BxW), which promotes a greater understanding of the diverse and broad roles of women in shaping the spaces where we live and work, museum programs, films and tours, the industry Leader’s Roundtable, and other collaborations, all of which support the many women working in the built environment.

http://www.bwaf.org/join-us/

Mar
1
Mar 30

3RD ANNUAL: WOMEN. WIKIPEDIA. DESIGN. #WIKID

Help celebrate Women’s History Month by writing at least one woman architect, designer or someone involved in the built environment into wikipedia.

ArchiteXX would like to invite everyone you know to help write into wikipedia women designers, architects and all those involved in the creation of our built environment during the month of March. We are continuing our global efforts in order to have the most diverse and wide ranging of women written in. Our WikiD guides to editing Wikipedia are here to help you.

Participate with us! If you will be in NYC on March 30, we will be hosting a writing workshop. 

Or you can write anytime in March using this guide provided by Parlour.

 

 

 

EQxD "U" Workshop #1 - Disrupting Implicit Bias
Feb
8
6:00 pm18:00

EQxD "U" Workshop #1 - Disrupting Implicit Bias

This year, EQxD will be featuring Quarterly Topics for deep dive rumination, discussion and action!

Save the Date Wednesday, February 8th 6pm-8pm at AIA San Francisco

Disrupting Implicit Bias: Workshop Summary (#EQxDisruptBias)

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.

Graphic by Rosa Sheng, AIA

Graphic by Rosa Sheng, AIA

 

2017 EQxD Chair Julia Mandell, AIA will be the moderator of the panel with a fresh roster of panelists to provide diverse insights on how to Disrupt Implicit Bias in their work. Rosa Sheng, AIA will provide a brief intro to topic to get things started.

 

Meet the Panelists for #EQxDisruptBias

Helen Bronston - Associate and Architecture Discipline Lead at SmithGroupJJR

Helen serves as Director of Architecture for the San Francisco office of SmithGroupJJR, where she is an associate.  Raised in Wisconsin, she holds a BA in Anthropology from Yale, and an MArch from Harvard, where she was awarded the AIA Adams Medal. Over her 26-year career she has worked exclusively for non-profit educational, healthcare, and governmental organizations, for that is where she has felt she can do the most good for the greatest number of people. She is currently serving on the board of directors for Joan’s House, a newly-forming shelter for transgender women who have been incarcerated. Her experience transitioning gender as an architect was profiled in the San Francisco Business Times on 12 June 2015. Unable to leave school behind, Helen is also very slowly writing a PhD dissertation in History of Architecture at UC Berkeley.

 

Sandra Vivanco - Principal, A+D, Architecture+Design

Sandra is founding principal of A+D, Architecture+Design, a San Francisco firm characterized by design excellence as well as innovative community-based processes. Published widely, Vivanco is sought as a Latino cultural expert with profound knowledge of modern art and architecture in Latin America. A Professor of Architecture and Diversity Studies at CCA, she is a Mission resident, an avid dancer, a mother of two public school graduates and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

 

Michael D. Thomas, Esq. - Associate, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Michael Thomas-5379-Edit-LoRes.jpg

Michael is an Associate with the global law firm Ogletree Deakins in their San Francisco office.  He represents employers in all aspects of employment law.  He also works with employers on diversity and pay equity issues.  Michael has studied mindfulness, meditation and yoga with a focus on healing and self-regulation.  Recent publications include “Preventing Workplace Violence by Examining Trauma and the NFL” which incorporates mindfulness, meditation and body awareness in preventing workplace violence, and “How Employers Can Root Out the Influence of Unconscious Bias in Compensation Decisions.”  Recent speaking engagements include: Inclusion 2.0, “Intergenerational Trauma, Diversity and Inclusion;” Tech Inclusion Conference, “Awakening to Inclusion;” Association of Corporate Counsel event at Google, “Best Practices for Promoting Fair Pay;” Kaiser, Continuing Legal Education, “Implicit Bias” panel and lecturer, Berkley School of Law, “Mindfulness to Disrupt Suffering and Bias.”  He has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a J.D. from Boston College.

 

Ming Thompson, AIA - Principal, Atelier Cho Thompson

Ming is a principal of Atelier Cho Thompson, a San Francisco-based design and concept firm, engaged in the art of architecture, interiors, graphics, brand strategy, furniture, installations, and exhibition design. Ming and her partner Christina Yoo formed their firm with an aim to transcend the conventional boundaries between these disciplines, resulting in a richness borne of the cross-pollination of ideas and strategies from across this spectrum of design. Ming studied architecture at Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has worked for large and small firms around the globe.  As a practicing architect, Ming is focused on bettering human experience through design; she insists that good design must occur at all scales, from the building to the furniture to the logo, and everything in between.  Outside of architecture, Ming serves on the Board of Trustees of the Yale-China Association and the Alumnae Council of The Madeira School, and teaches at the California College of the Arts.

Panel Moderator 

Julia V. Mandell, AIA - Architect at Wilson Associates

Julia is an experienced architect and planner with broad project experience in architecture, urban design, and landscape design. Currently designer and project manager at Wilson Associates, a design/build/development firm in Oakland, Julia’s recent work focuses on innovative commercial and residential projects that serve as urban catalysts. Julia is also very involved with AIASF’s Equity by Design, serving as the group’s 2017 Co-Chair. Previously, Julia worked for four years with SWA Group on large-scale urban design and landscape work in China and Houston, Texas. She received her Master of Architecture from Rice University and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University.

 

Implicit Bias 101 Presentation

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA - Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, AIASF 2018 President-Elect

Rosa is an architect with over 23 years experience, that has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects, from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California. As founding chair of Equity by Design and President-Elect 2018 of AIA San Francisco, Rosa has led Equity in Architecture Surveys in both 2014 and 2016, authored AIA National Resolution 15-1 in 2015, and served on the Equity in Architecture Commission in 2016. She has presented nationally and abroad including Boston, New York, Lisbon, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Equity by Design has been featured in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Bay Area Think-In - The Architecture Lobby Event
Jan
13
5:00 pm17:00

Bay Area Think-In - The Architecture Lobby Event

  • Gensler

On Friday January 13th, 2017,  The Architecture Lobby is hosting a Think-In at Gensler Oakland. AIASF EQxD's founding chair Rosa Sheng, AIA will be joining the panel discussion.

Gensler Oakland
2101 Webster St #2000
Oakland, CA 94612

This free event is open to the public and will take place from 5-9pm.  A Think-In is a forum for working through difficult and contested ideas in architectural practice.  We are inviting an array of contributors to weigh in: activists, practitioners, leaders of professional organizations, and academics.  The Think-In is free and open to the public, and all interested students, academics, or practitioners are strongly encouraged to join the discussion. Food and drink will also be served.  Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Think-In Discussions and Panelists:

  1. Labor, Fees and Wages in the Contemporary Economy
    Panelists: Maria Danielides; Peggy Deamer, Yale University and The Architecture Lobby; Jason Geller, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
  2. The Pros and Cons of Contemporary Professionalization
    Panelists: Doris Guerrero, Gensler; Janette Kim, ARPA Journal
  3. Architectural Institutions
    Panelists: Margaret Crawford, UC Berkeley; Rosa Sheng, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Equity by Design
  4. Media and the Public Perception of Architecture
    Panelists: Eva Hagberg Fisher, UC Berkeley; Nancy Levinson, Places Journal

All discussions are moderated by Nancy Alexander.

 

Dec
15
12:30 pm12:30

EQxD Appreciation Holiday Luncheon

  • AIASF - 6th Floor

We would like to take this opportunity to Thank all our EQxD Sponsors, Symposium Volunteers, Facilitators and Thought Leaders. Please join us if you are available for a special appreciation luncheon and last meeting of the year on Thursday, December 15 from 12:30pm - 2pm at AIASF 130 Sutter Street.

Please RSVP by December 12, 5pm 

Nov
9
7:30 pm19:30

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism - Allison Williams

  • Berkeley City Club

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting lecture series featuring Bay Area design leaders whose work promotes sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning. Proceeds from the lecture series will help the preservation of the Berkeley City Club building. 

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Series tickets are available for $50, only through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets through Eventbrite or at the door for $15 each.

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE - 

SEPTEMBER 22:  Ellen Lou  "Designing Cities, A Global Challenge"

OCTOBER 13:   Laura Hartman  "Inside / Out, Outside/ In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects"

OCTOBER 27:  Marsha Maytum  "Architecture as a Catalyst for Change"

NOVEMBER 9:  Allison Williams  "Design Intent"

EQxD presenting at BD+C / Women In Design+Construction Building Together
Nov
9
Nov 11

EQxD presenting at BD+C / Women In Design+Construction Building Together

Building Design+Construction has teamed up with 30+ leading AEC women professionals to bring you compelling content on tough issues women face in this fast-paced and highly competitive industry.

Rosa Sheng will be presenting the key findings from the AIASF Equity by Design project - The 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey. She will also be highlight on the efforts of the group to advocate for equitable practice in the profession and beyond.

http://www.bdcnetwork.com/WIDC/agenda.html

Kick Off Panel: The State of Women in AEC – By the Numbers
Four leading AEC women set the stage for the WiD+C Conference with a thought-provoking, interactive discussion on the “state of the state” of equity and diversity in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields. As part of the talk, each expert panelist will present the latest research and data on the state of women professionals in their given field.

Moderator: Ann Truair, Above Glass Ceilings, Granite Construction

Presenters/panelists: 
Rosa Sheng, Equity By Design (representing architects)
Nancy Novak, Balfour Beatty, Above Glass Ceilings (representing contractors)
TBA (representing engineers) 

Why Equity (in Practice) Matters - Architecture Exchange East
Nov
3
11:00 am11:00

Why Equity (in Practice) Matters - Architecture Exchange East

  • Greater Richmond Convention Center

We are looking forward to joining AIA Virginia for Architecture Exchange East on November 3rd. Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will be presenting the opening Keynote on 11/3 at this year's conference at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Join Rosa Sheng, AIA, as she discusses how equitable practice has the potential to foster success on multiple levels - equity in the workplace, and socially just access to basic resources, healthier communities and resilient public space in our urban centers. The value proposition of equity at all these levels is rooted in empathy, transparency, education, collaboration and trust. The lack of equity in Architectural practice and allied professions has made Architects prone to lose talent to other more lucrative career paths due to factors that challenge retention; long hours, low pay, work that is misaligned with professional goals, and lack of transparency for promotion and compensation. In order to achieve equity in the built environment, the design workforce needs to diversify to reflect the rapidly changing demographic of people that we are charged to serve. Architecture is also prone to the public not fully understanding the value or potential of what Architects can bring to the table. In terms of social impact, design has the power to inform more equitable, resilient, sustainable and relevant built environments for the increasingly multicultural population of our nation.

Thursday Keynote: Why Equity (in Practice) Matters – Rosa Sheng, AIA (AE16OK)

Oct
29
8:30 am08:30

SOLD OUT - Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning and Matrices

SOLD OUT! - Sign up for the Waitlist

2014 EQxD Symposium - Knowledge, Discussion, Action!                      Photo by Daniel Wang

2014 EQxD Symposium - Knowledge, Discussion, Action!                      Photo by Daniel Wang

Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices

Equity (noun) - Just and fair inclusion. An equitable society is one in which all can participate and prosper. The goals of equity must be to create conditions that allow all to reach their full potential. In short, equity creates a path from hope to change.

Summary:

Please save the date for the 4th Symposium of AIA SF "Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices" on October 29, 2016 at the San Francisco Art Institute. The conversation that began in 2011 of the “missing 32%” in regards to the lack of women leaders in architecture has become an international movement with much broader depth and farther reach. Equity by Design is dedicated to achieving equitable practice in architecture in order to retain talent, advance the profession, and engage the public in understanding architecture’s true value proposition in creating accessible and just communities. 

This year’s symposium theme: "Metrics, Meaning & Matrices" builds upon the last five years of advocacy and sets an exciting path for our next chapter.

Why Equity in Architecture Matters.

Equity is the ethos of our work. It is the ability to recognize difference and provide fair and just access to opportunities. Equity also speaks to a collective ownership, vested interest and knowledge of our worth. Equitable practice promotes the recruitment and retention of the most diverse talent while building stronger, successful, sustainable practices. The equitable representation of professionals allows us to better represent the people we are meant to serve. Equity is for everyone - architects, design collaborators, clients, and our communities.

We must leverage metrics to make any substantial progress towards changing the ratios within our profession. We are committed to conduct research and compare data occurring at regular intervals to track progress and maintain accountability over time. In order to move the needle, we must create benchmarks for comparison and make time to review, discuss, and adjust our course of action based on the findings.  

We seek meaning at many levels in the discovery of significance in one’s career, in the personal connections we make with others, in our own reflection upon research findings that can positively transform the workplace culture. Having meaningful work plays a significant role in improving professional satisfaction, increasing talent retention, and raising awareness of architecture’s true value within our global society.

We can adopt matrices to inspire a new mindset for advocacy and action. By nature, we are makers, observers of patterns, problem solvers, creators of connections, and synthesizers of dissimilar elements. Matrices enable us to become originators of new approaches and constructs. We can create more equitable environments within architectural practice and the places we design.

At the symposium this fall, we will present the early findings of the Equity in Architecture Survey 2016 with a series of panel discussions throughout the day. Interspersed with these sessions we have designed a series of diverse and interactive break-out workshops that encourage participants to engage in a dialogue of what is meaningful in their career experiences. And most importantly, we will experience the power and impact of action by learning and applying matrices as individuals, firms and in our professional networks.

Thanks to our EQxDM3 Symposium Sponsors! 

We are still seeking sponsors to support the 4th Symposium for Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices. Please help us reach our $30k goal by August 1st!

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wikiD: Women. Wikipedia. Design Discussion at California Historical Society
Oct
28
3:00 pm15:00

wikiD: Women. Wikipedia. Design Discussion at California Historical Society

WikiD - Women.Wikipedia. Design. A Discussion and Resources Q&A

AIASF #EQxDM3 Symposium Thought Leaders Lori Brown and Justine Clark will discuss their collaboration on wikiD, the effort to write more women architects into Wikipedia. They will discuss where the idea and inspiration behind the project came from, how it began, its evolution into an international effort spearheaded between groups in New York, Melbourne and Berlin as well as the impacts wikiD has had thus far globally.

Location: The California Historical Society - 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Admission: FREE To Members of AIASF and California Historical Society, General Admission is $10 for non-members.

Lori Brown’s creative practice examines the relationships between architecture and social justice. She is the author of Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals and the editor of Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture. She is the co-founder and leads ArchiteXX, a women and architecture group working to bridge the academy and practice in New York City. She is Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University.

Justine Clark is an architectural editor, writer, researcher and critic. She is a co-founder of the advocacy organisation Parlour: women, equity, architecture and a former editor of Architecture Australia, the journal of the Australian Institute of Architects. Justine is an active participant in public discussions of architecture. Her work has won awards for architecture in the media and her broader contribution to the profession was recognised in 2015 with the Marion Mahony Prize. Her writing appears on both scholarly and professional press and she is co-author, with Dr Paul Walker, of Looking for the Local: Architecture and the New Zealand Modern (2000). Justine is an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

 

 

Oct
27
7:30 pm19:30

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism - Marsha Maytum

  • Berkeley City Club

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting lecture series featuring Bay Area design leaders whose work promotes sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning. Proceeds from the lecture series will help the preservation of the Berkeley City Club building. 

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Series tickets are available for $50, only through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets through Eventbrite or at the door for $15 each.

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE - 

SEPTEMBER 22:  Ellen Lou  "Designing Cities, A Global Challenge"

OCTOBER 13:   Laura Hartman  "Inside / Out, Outside/ In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects"

OCTOBER 27:  Marsha Maytum  "Architecture as a Catalyst for Change"

NOVEMBER 9:  Allison Williams  "Design Intent"

BWAF - 2016 Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat - San Francisco
Oct
19
8:00 am08:00

BWAF - 2016 Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat - San Francisco

The program focuses on business planning concepts and initiatives that can both move high potential women in the building industry into key decision-making roles and change the gender culture of the firm. Fully integrating women into the workplace can yield a significant return – one that Deloitte Services, LLP calls the “gender dividend.” The gender dividend is a steady benefit that is earned by making wise, balanced investments in developing women as potential leaders as well as understanding women as clients and their impact on the bottom line. According to Deloitte, done right, this should be reflected in increased contracts, expanded markets, and improved recruitment and retention of key talent.

 

This year just a few of our great speakers are;

  • Art Gensler, founder of Gensler
  • Lisa Larrabee, CEO, Chair, Harris & Associates, a leading Construction Management firm
  • Jennifer Wolch, Dean of the College of Environmental Design, the University of California, Berkeley
  • Suzanne Pennasilico, Chief Human Resources Officer at Skidmore Owens & Merrill, who has made significant strides in gender equity
  • Rosa Sheng, Senior Associate of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Founding Chair of AIASF Equity by Design
Oct
13
7:30 pm19:30

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism - Laura Hartman

  • Berkeley City Club

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting lecture series featuring Bay Area design leaders whose work promotes sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning. Proceeds from the lecture series will help the preservation of the Berkeley City Club building. 

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Series tickets are available for $50, only through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets through Eventbrite or at the door for $15 each.

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE - 

SEPTEMBER 22:  Ellen Lou  "Designing Cities, A Global Challenge"

OCTOBER 13:   Laura Hartman  "Inside / Out, Outside/ In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects"

OCTOBER 27:  Marsha Maytum  "Architecture as a Catalyst for Change"

NOVEMBER 9:  Allison Williams  "Design Intent"

Sep
22
7:30 pm19:30

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism - Ellen Lou

  • Berkeley City Club

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting lecture series featuring Bay Area design leaders whose work promotes sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning. Proceeds from the lecture series will help the preservation of the Berkeley City Club building. 

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Series tickets are available for $50, only through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets through Eventbrite or at the door for $15 each.

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE - 

SEPTEMBER 22:  Ellen Lou  "Designing Cities, A Global Challenge"

OCTOBER 13:   Laura Hartman  "Inside / Out, Outside/ In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects"

OCTOBER 27:  Marsha Maytum  "Architecture as a Catalyst for Change"

NOVEMBER 9:  Allison Williams  "Design Intent"

The Architecture Lobby @CCA
Aug
4
5:30 pm17:30

The Architecture Lobby @CCA

Florence and Leo B. Helzel Boardroom, San Francisco Campus

FREE and open to the public
More info: Amanda Sherwin,amanda.schwerin@cca.edu

Please join us for a panel discussion with Neeraj Bhatia, Peggy Deamer, Dean of Architecture Jonathan Massey, Eric Rogers, and Rosa Sheng to examine both the content and the form of change in the architectural profession.

The Architecture Lobby is an organization of architectural workers that advocates for the value of architecture in the general public and for architectural work within the discipline.

Why is it important to recognize that you-- an architecture student, an emerging architect, a firm owner -- are a worker?

Why should there be an activist organization to make this demand?

Members of the Architecture Lobby will present the organization's work to induce a debate on these controversial questions.

Learn more about CCA's division of Architecture.

https://www.cca.edu/calendar/2016/architecture-lobby

 

Aug
1
Aug 31

Early Bird Registration: Equity by Design 10/29 Symposium

Coming Soon! Early Bird Registration for the long awaited 4th Symposium of AIASF Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices on October 29, 2016. Check back here for updates and link to Eventbrite Registration.

Here is a preview of what is included thus far!

Friday Evening 10/28 - 

#EQxDM3 Opening Reception at the Autodesk Gallery 5:30pm-8pm

Saturday 10/29 -

8am-4:30pm #EQxDM3 Symposium at the San Francisco Art Institute

 

 

Jul
21
12:30 pm12:30

EQxD July Monthly Meeting - July 21

Join us for a working session on our current initiatives for 2016:

Equity in Architecture Survey 2016
Equity by Design Symposium 4 on October 29 - Event Planning and Fundraising, Intro Meeting for Facilitators/Thought Leaders Schedule.

We will provide an update of the various initiatives and programs. Then we will take a closer look at Survey and Symposium content. 

Lunch is BYO. Please RSVP if you are able to make it!

Meeting will be held at AIASF located at 130 Sutter Street, SF between Montgomery and Kearny

AIA National Convention Philadelphia - Equitable Practice Seminars
May
19
May 20
EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour @ Smokin' Betty's
May
18
5:30 pm17:30

EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour @ Smokin' Betty's

  • Smokin' Betty's

We are pleased to announce the location of our 2016 EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour (5:30-7:30pm) at Smokin' Betty's, near the Philadelphia Convention Center . After [WE315] EQxD Hackathon: Architecture And the Era of Connections (Wednesday, 1-5pm) we will have a recap of the workshop, and jury results of the winners along with a networking reception to catch up with Hackathon alumni from Atlanta.

Register for WE315 EQxD Hackathon & Happy Hour

If you register for AIA National Pre-Convention Workshop [WE315] EQxD Hackathon, your admission to Happy Hour is included! Please register for it from the AIA National Convention Registration Website - the time of the event is Wednesday May 18th 1-5pm. 

Register for Happy Hour Only

If you can't join us for the EQxD Hackathon, but want to join the fun for the EQxDHackathon Recap and Happy Hour Networking Reception, you register for this event separately. Registration includes 2 drink tickets and the mouth watering appetizers of the Zagat rated popular local Philly eatery. Eventbrite Registration for the Happy Hour Only will begin on March 18th. 

Registration Fees (covers drink tickets and mouthwatering Smokin' Betty's appetizers:

  • $15 for Students and EPs
  • $20 AIA Members
  • $30 for General Admission.

Smokin' Betty's -  116 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Special thanks to the generosity of our Happy Hour sponsor McCarthy Building Companies in addition to our other event sponsors - Autodesk, WRNS, HOK, and HGA.

EQxD Hackathon (WE315) at AIA Convention Philadephia
May
18
1:00 pm13:00

EQxD Hackathon (WE315) at AIA Convention Philadephia

  • AIA National Convention - Philadelphia

(WE315) Architecture And the Era of Connections

Join us for #EQxDHack16 at AIA National Convention in Philadelphia!

REGISTER HERE and sign up for WE315 EQxD Hackathon 1pm-5pm Wednesday 1/18

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Description:

This exciting hackathon will start with an exploration of the intersection of design and tech featuring a diverse panel of leaders and entrepreneurs. Join us for a look at future opportunities and practice innovations related to the business of architecture in the new digital economy. 

During the second half of the workshop, participants will form groups and develop a plan of action to positively impact the future of the architectural practice. Teams will present their concepts to judges, and the winning team will present its "hack" to conference participants at a social/networking event.

Credits:  3.75 LUs/RIBA

Content level:  Intermediate

Presenters:

Phillip Bernstein

VP Strategic Industry Relations at Autodesk

Waltham, Massachusetts , United States

Phillip G. Bernstein is a Vice President at Autodesk, a leading provider of digital design and engineering software, where he leads Strategic Industry Relations and is responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for technology as well …

Rosa Sheng

Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Albany, California , United States

Rosa is an architect and Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson with 20 years experience. Rosa has led a variety of award winning and acclaimed design projects. Rosa serves as an AIA San Francisco Board Asst. Treasurer, the Founding Chair for The Mis …

Yasmine Mustafa

CEO at Roar for Good

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States

Yasmine Mustafa is passionate about leveraging technology for good. She’s the CEO and co-founder of ROAR for Good, a social impact company aimed at empowering women to live their lives boldly and without fearing using fashionable safety jewelry, mobile te …

Robert Yuen

Co-Founder & CEO at Section Cut

San Francisco, California , United States

Robert Yuen is the Co-founder and CEO of Section Cut. Trained as an architect, Robert’s design practice has developed over the past 6 years into a dual focus on Architectural services and recently in entrepreneurship. Robert is currently focused on Section Cut, a web-based platform committed to empowering designers and demystifying design culture to the public. Section Cut is a crowd-sourced, finely curated collection of design resources and beautifully designed objects with an educational agenda.

 

 

Living Future Conference 2016: MasterSpeaker Rosa Sheng
May
13
10:30 am10:30

Living Future Conference 2016: MasterSpeaker Rosa Sheng

Living Future 2016: Truth + Transparency: Celebrating a Decade of Innovation

Join Rosa Sheng for a special MasterSpeaker workshop on May 13th.

 

Why Equity in Architecture Matters: A new value proposition for sustainable design. 

Architectural practice is prone to lose talent to other career paths due to many factors that challenge retention; long hours, low pay, lack of transparency for promotion and work that is misaligned with career goals. Beyond sustainability of the built environment, equitable practice shapes a new value proposition. It supports the retention of human resources, as well as the creation of socially just and ecologically sound environments. The results of the 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey coupled with an interactive discussion will encourage the development of best practices for increasing diversity, expanding career opportunities with socially and environmentally conscious design.

 

WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? Book and Panel Discussion
Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? Book and Panel Discussion

AIASF Equity by Design is pleased to host Despina Stratigakos in the launch of her newest book WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? Join us for a special evening at AIA San Francisco to meet the author, discover highlights from the book and participate in a discussion with panelists on featured topics. 

 Program Agenda:

  • 6pm - Registration, Refreshments and Book Purchase Opportunity
  • 6:15 - Where are the Women Architects? Book presentation by Despina Stratigakos
  • 6:45 - Audience Q&A w/ the Author
  • 6:50pm - Panel Session  - See Below for information on the Panelists.
  • 7:25pm - Audience Q & A w/ Panel and Closing words
  • 7:35pm - Networking Reception and Book Purchase/Signing Opportunity.
  • 8pm - End of Event - Thank you for joining us.

Panelists: Despina Stratigakos, Nancy Levinson, Deanna Van Buren and Rosa Sheng, AIA

Moderator: Susan Kolber

About the Author and Panelist:

Despina Stratigakos is associate professor and interim Chair of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the author of Where are the Women ArchitectsHitler at Home and A Woman's Berlin: Building the Modern City. Stratigakos has published extensively on the history of women in architecture, including her award-winning book, A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City, the story of a forgotten metropolis designed by and for women. Her latest book, Hitler at Home, investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity. She has served as a trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, a board member of the Society of Architectural Historians, advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech, and Deputy Director of the Gender Institute at the University at Buffalo. She also served on Buffalo’s municipal taskforce for Diversity in Architecture and was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage design literacy and academic excellence.  She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at UB.

About the other Panelists: 

Nancy Levinson is Editor and Executive Director of Places Journal, the journal of public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Nancy brings to editorial work experience in academia and practice, most recently as the founding director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory at Arizona State University, and as co-founding editor of Harvard Design Magazine at the Graduate School of Design, where she directed the journal’s rise to international prominence. Previously she worked as acquiring editor at Princeton Architectural Press, and before moving into publishing, she practiced architecture in Philadelphia. Nancy has written for academic and trade periodicals, including Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture Magazine, the Journal of Planning Literature, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta. She received a B.A. from Yale University and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Deanna Van Buren is a national thought leader researching, formulating and advocating for restorative justice centers, a radical transformation of justice architecture. She currently sits on the national board of Architects, Designers and Planning for Social Responsibility and is the founding partner of FOURM, design studio, a firm creating spaces for peacemaking and restorative justice. Deanna spent 13 years as a design lead on domestic, institutional and design education projects in the bay area, Europe, Asia and the Middle East prior to starting her practice in 2010. She has been awarded a Byrne Justice Innovation Grant with the Center for Court Innovation to develop a peacemaking center in Syracuse NY, the first of its kind in the United States. Funded by the Fetzer institute, her practice is also currently developing and implementing design studios with incarcerated men and women and is a recent awardee of the Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant to develop the first mobile resource village. Deanna received her BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia, an MARCH from Columbia University and has recently completed The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Founder and Chairperson for Equity by Design an AIA San Francisco committee. As a licensed architect with 21 years experience in Architecture and design, Rosa has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects, from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California. Most notably, as the Founding Chair of the AIASF Committee: Equity by Design, Rosa lead “The Missing 32% Project,” a 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey and research study, which launched a national conversation for achieving equitable practice in Architecture. Since the group launched its key findings, Rosa has been presenting in Boston, New York, Lisbon, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle with other cities planned for 2016. The group’s outreach for equity in architecture has received national press in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, Wall Street Journal, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.



About the Book:

In the United States, architecture students are more than 40 percent female. But more than 75 percent of working architects and more than 80 percent of architecture school deans are male. If women are undergoing the rigorous training to enter the field, why aren’t they staying there? Why aren’t they being elevated to positions of power? 

In WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? (May, $19.95), Despina Stratigakos, an architectural historian who spearheaded the campaign for Mattel to produce an Architect Barbie, explores the many facets of this drastic gender imbalance from the 19th century to the present day. Stratigakos shows that although women have long been active in architecture, their work was often focused on residential and interior design, leaving the large-scale institutional commissions that win public accolades and award financial gain to men. 

The situation is changing, slowly, though as the numbers make clear, the upper echelons of the field remain heavily male-dominated. In 2013 only 17 percent of architecture firm principals and less than 20 percent of architecture school deans were female. But Stratigakos profiles the emergence of new challenges to this boys’ club, from outspoken efforts to retroactively award Denise Scott Brown the Pritzker—her professional partner and husband Robert Venturi was given the prize in 1991, and the two were jointly awarded the 2016 AIA Gold Medal, a move widely seen as a corrective—to Wikipedia hackathons organized to write women into the historical record.

The first title in the Places Books series, a collaboration between Princeton University Press and Places Journal, WHERE ARE THE WOMEN ARCHITECTS? is an all-too-relevant account of gender imbalance in the workplace that will resonate within architecture and well beyond.

Places Books, published by Princeton University Press in association with Places Journal, presents smart, lively titles on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Featuring the work of emerging and established scholars alike, Places Books offers readers a range of the best contemporary writing on the built environment.

Visit the Places Journal website here: https://placesjournal.org/

Equity by Design in Arkansas (An Architecture & Design Network event)
Mar
21
5:30 pm17:30

Equity by Design in Arkansas (An Architecture & Design Network event)

  • Arkansas Arts Center

Join Rosa Sheng at the Arkansas Art Center on Monday March 21st for a presentation and discussion about Why Equity in Architecture Matters? Unpack the evolving lexicon of Equitable Practice that studies career pinch points and intersections to affect talent retention.

Art of Architecture 
EQUITY BY DESIGN
Mon, 21 Mar, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

Athletic Event Information: Team: Location: Opponent: Transportation Information: Score: Recap: Stats:

5:30 p.m. Architecture and Design Network Reception

6:00 p.m. Lecture

EQUITY BY DESIGNa lecture by Rosa Sheng

Like other Architecture and Design Network (ADN) lectures, EQUITY BY DESIGN  is free and open to the public.

The Architecture and Design Network (ADN), a non-profit organization, is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Center, the Central Arkansas Section of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and friends in the community.

Location: Lower Lobby Lecture Hall Fees: Free Contact: 501-372-4000

Mar
17
12:30 pm12:30

EQxD March Monthly Meeting

Come join us for our Monthly Meeting as we review upcoming events and status on the following projects:

  • Equity in Architecture Survey
  • Where are the Women Architects? Book and Panel Discussion
  • AIA National Convention - Equitable Practice Curated Collection
  • Equity by Design Symposium Planning and Fundraising
EQxD February Monthly Meeting @AIASF
Feb
18
12:30 pm12:30

EQxD February Monthly Meeting @AIASF

  • AIA San Francisco

Join us for our February Monthly Meeting Thursday 2/18  12:30-2pm at AIASF to discuss next steps for the upcoming Equity in Architecture Survey in March, 2016 and our Equity By Design Symposium on October 29, 2016 

We will provide an update of the various initiatives and programs.

Then we will have a break-out on the various topics of the Equity in Architecture Survey and discuss how that can shape the content for the Symposium.

Lunch is BYO this time.

Please RSVP if you are able to make it! 

Meeting will be held at AIASF located at 130 Sutter Street, SF between Montgomery and Kearny