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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?

2018 Survey Early Findings Report

The Equity by Design Committee of AIA San Francisco is pleased to release our Early Findings Report. This report is available for viewing online. We look forward to issuing a Final Report for online viewing and publication later in 2019.

As we continue our data analysis, your feedback is important. What topics would you like to learn more about? Let us know in the comments!

Special Thank You to our Sponsors, Contributors and Champions! None of this would be possible without all of you.

#EQIASurvey2018 - Share your Voices, Values, and Vision.


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February 12 marks the start of the third national Equity in Architecture Survey. We are very excited to launch and ask for your patience as our distribution partners prepare the invitation letters with personalized links for participants.


You may receive similar email invitations from one or more of our distribution partners to take the survey based on your professional memberships, firm participation, or alumni affiliations. If you choose to participate, we ask that you only do so once. Thank you for your understanding about the potential for multiple notifications as we seek to reach the broadest group while maintaining the survey’s statistical validity.

The survey will remain open for five-weeks starting February 12th and ending March 16th. On average, the online survey should take 20-25 minutes to complete. Please be assured that all responses will be kept confidential.  The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) will serve as our research partner for the project and preserve data integrity. The survey findings will be first revealed at Equity by Design’s fifth Symposium on November 3, 2018 in San Francisco.


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Join Us to Make History...

Equity in Architecture Survey 2018

February 12  -  March 16, 2018

To commemorate our five year anniversary since the founding of Equity by Design, we will conduct our third national survey in hopes of reaching 10,000+ respondents. Building upon lessons learned in 2014 and 2016, the survey will raise the goal to reach respondents from architectural graduates and professionals across the nation. The survey is being designed by the Equity by Design/ACSA Research Team in collaboration with a national group of volunteers in the industry to develop survey goals. We will be capturing career experiences of architectural school graduates from accredited programs (regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, license status or practice status.)

Career Dynamics and Pinch Points

Career Dynamics and Pinch Points

Your participation will help generate the most comprehensive national dataset detailing current positions and career experiences of architecture school graduates. This research will examine the differential experiences of professionals based on gender, as well as race and ethnicity, and will shed light on equitable practices that foster sustainable, meaningful and satisfying careers in architecture for all practitioners. More information on the current survey is attached. For previous survey findings and analysis, including a narrated Video of the 2016 Key Findings, please visit

On average, the survey should take 20-25 minutes to complete. ACSA is serving again as the research partner for the project, completing survey analysis from April to August in 2018. The survey findings will be first revealed at Equity by Design's fifth Symposium on November 3, 2018, in San Francisco.