EQiA Survey 2016

2016 Equity in Architecture Survey

We need to create a new set of best practices. That will be a design project in itself, based on data, shared examples, and interpretation. Once written, we need to find leaders who will adopt them, firm by firm, sector by sector. That pincer movement needs to make partners (small p) of those coming into architecture and those with enough seniority to make change happen
— Alexandra Lange, Architecture's Lean In Moment, Metropolis July/August 2013

The AIA SF Committee - Equity by Design is preparing for the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey. Similar to the 2014 research study "The Missing 32% Project" this survey will have approximately 80 questions on the professional experiences, backgrounds, and aspirations of approximately 3,000 to 5,000 men and women who have graduated from Architecture schools and in the United States. Parallel survey tracks are to be provided for the following:

  • Individuals who are currently working in an architectural practice
  • Individuals who have worked in an architectural practice in the past, but are currently employed in another profession (either in an aligned AEC field or not)
  • Individuals who have worked in an architectural practice in the past, and who are either currently not employed, taking a career break or leave of absence.

As the largest and most comprehensive study launched nationally to date on this topic, this research project has the potential to impact architectural practice nationwide and establish a legacy data set over subsequent years studies.

Project Description

Building upon the successful 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey, the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey aims to create a comprehensive national dataset detailing female and male graduates of architecture school’s current positions and career experiences.

This phase of the Equity in Architecture Research Project will provide data on the ways in which men’s and women’s careers in architecture differ, the potential pinch points that affect talent retention in the industry and offer insight into ways in which individual practitioners, employers, and the industry as a whole can make changes on a policy and culture level that promote satisfying careers in architecture for women and men alike, improve employee retention, and ultimately, improve companies’ bottom lines.

The Equity in Architecture Survey will be conducted between February and March 2016. On average, the survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and will be administered within a 6 week period via Survey Monkey by email invitation. The survey results will be processed by the academic research team per the schedule outlined within the general timeframe between April 2016 – July 2016, with preliminary results available in June 2016.

Key research goals/objectives  for the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey include:

  • Compare the current positions and career experiences of  female and male architecture school graduates nationwide, including both current architectural professionals and those who no longer practice architecture.
  • Identify career pinch points associated with these experiences, highlighting ways in which women experience these career pinch points differently from their male counterparts.
  • Highlight individual attitudes and behaviors, as well as employer-provided benefits and practices, that contribute to success in navigating these pinch points. Conversely, identify behaviors and practices that correlate with negative outcomes.
  • Follow up with respondents of the 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey to track career progression between 2014-2016. Compare men’s and women’s career progress over this two-year period.

Presentation of Findings:

It is anticipated that the key findings for the survey will be presented at the 4th Equity by Design Symposium in Fall of 2016 followed by a Final Report in early 2017.

Survey Outreach:

We are currently seeking collaboration and participation of the national architecture community. The support and of the following groups would create the largest data set available for the research goals set forth. If you are a member or leader in any of these organizations, we seek your assistance with reaching potential survey participants based on the description above.

  • AIA National & AIA State and Local Components
  • AIAS
  • ACSA
  • NAAB
  • NOMA
  • Architecture Firms - of all sizes
  • SCUP

I am interested in supporting this Project, How can I help?

For additional information about this project or to provide financial or volunteer support for this significant study, please contact us by filling out the form below. Thank you in advance for your interest.


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