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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?

#EQxDV "Plus One" Scholarship Winners!

This year in celebration of #EQxDV our 5 Year Founding Anniversary, we are paying it forward with 5 “Plus One” Scholarship Winners for students and emerging professionals to attend our 5th Sold Out Equity by Design Symposium and connect with 5 amazing EQxD mentor/champions to share insights on their careers in the built environment.


Olga Bracamontes is on the path towards her architecture license, while currently working on a performance art center project that will serve the community. She was invited to the first Women in Architecture Conference at ASU in April 2018, a student let event, to participate as a panelist representing recent alumna. Olga recently presented at the 2018 NOMA Conference in Chicago as the College Liaison of NOMAarizona, based on a job search seminar with college students.


Taylor Holloway is an architect, educator, and maker with broad experience using design-driven approaches to promote equity in the built environment. She is the Founder of Public Design Agency, a multidisciplinary design studio that fosters civic stewardship, urban revitalization, and cross-cultural exchange through art, architecture, and collaborative design practices.


Maggie Gaudio is in her final year as a Bachelor of Architecture candidate at UT Austin. She is in San Francisco for a semester-long internship with Steinberg Hart as part of a residency program. She is interested in how architecture practice and education can become increasingly socially conscious.


Meghana Joshi has worked on diverse commercial and residential projects throughout California, and specializes in senior and multifamily housing projects. Her projects have received SAGE award, PCBC Gold Nugget grand award, and SoCal award this year. She is the Founder/Chair of Women in Architecture committee for AIA Orange County, and she will join AIA Orange County Board of Directors beginning Jan 2019.

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Itria Licitra is a structural engineer (CE) based in the East Bay currently working at Tipping Structural Engineers in Berkeley, CA. Originally from Los Angeles, she came to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley (B.S., M.S.). She is curious about the intersection of structural and architectural design and the impact on community. She is also currently working on honing her carpentry skills.

Thank to our amazingly generous mentor/champions include Thought Leaders from current and past Equity by Design Symposia and Hackathons - Mani Farhadi, Jill Bergman, Patricia Ramallo, Frances Choun, Saskia Dennis Van Dijl.

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We are grateful to the generous #EQxDV Symposium sponsors of the Plus One Scholarship program, including Laura Thomas, AIA of Melville Thomas Architects and Patricia Ramallo of NCARB.