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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?

Equity in Architecture Survey 2018 - Narrated Slide Presentation is LIVE!

In tandem with National Architecture Week, we are pleased to release the EQIA 2018 Survey Narrated Slide Presentation which includes the key findings that were presented at the 2018 Equity by Design Symposium #EQxDV:Voices, Values, Vision. The presentation is narrated by EQxD Research Chair, Annelise PItts, AIA and ACSA Research Partner, Kendall Nicholson, PH.D. and provides a critical foundation of the data analysis. We encourage utilizing this long awaited resource in the following ways:

  1. View the narrated presentation to better understand the key findings at your own pace.

  2. Share the Presentation with your company colleagues and leadership / AEC Organization

  3. Host a viewing and discussion of the presentation at your office/organization

  4. If you find this resource useful, please share on social media for further outreach.

EQIA 2018 Research and Symposium Planning Team Acknowledgements:

  • Chair of Research - Annelise Pitts, AIA

  • Founding Chair, Fundraising,Outreach - Rosa Sheng FAIA

  • Committee Co-Chair Lilian Asperin, AIA

  • Committee Co-Chair and Symposium Chair -Julia Mandell, AIA

  • ACSA Research Partners: Kendall Nicholson, Michael Monti

  • Infographics: Ming Thompson/Atelier Cho Thompson

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2018 Research Sponsor Acknowledgements:

AIASF Sustaining Sponsors, Autodesk, HOK, CannonDesign, HDR, SmithGroup, HGA, Skanska, Mithun, WRNS Studio, McCarthy Building Companies

Thank you to our Sponsors!


EQxD Actions Re-Post - Know your Worth!

Happy Thursday, Equity Champions! This week, we're exploring Pay Equity by sharing findings from the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey. We'll have another of these articles ready to share tomorrow. As we explore the data on Pay Equity, it's also important to consider the steps that each of us can take to advocate for ourselves and others. Action #9 from our EQxDActions Series offers a glimpse at the steps that you can take to determine whether you're being compensated appropriately, and to negotiate a raise if appropriate. Click on the link below to read more!



Knowing Our Worth As Architects

Novedge Google Hangout

How to Succeed in Architecture
Knowing Our Worth As Architects

Tuesday August 19th, 2014 ‐ 11am-12pm PST


From Left to Rigth: Rosa Sheng, Anne Fougeron, Mark LePage

From Left to Rigth: Rosa Sheng, Anne Fougeron, Mark LePage

How to Succeed in Architecture is Novedge's monthly original interactive series dedicated to Architects and Designers. To read more about the series, click here.

In this Episode Do you know your worth as an architect? Do your clients value your knowledge and skills? Have you embraced the business side of architecture? Join us as we discuss these topics with Rosa Sheng, Mark LePage and Anne Fougeron, in preparation for Equity by Design by The Missing 32% Project, that will take place on October 18th at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Who is Presenting

Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1997 and became a founding member of the San Francisco office in 1999 while serving as Project Architect for Pixar Animation Studio's Headquarters in Emeryville. With 20 years experience, Rosa has led a variety of award winning and internationally acclaimed design projects, which range from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple's original high profile retail stores to the innovative LEED NC-GOLD Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. She was also part of the team for Square Headquarters and is currently working on innovative and sustainable projects for UC Davis and Dominican University of California. Rosa also serves as a Board of Director for AIA San Francisco and is the Founding Chairperson for The Missing 32% Project Committee, to address the issue of Equity in Architecture. She is also a member of SCUP, USGBC and OWA.

Anne Fougeron, FAIA, is principal of Fougeron Architecture in San Francisco, California. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in architectural history at Wellesley College and a master of architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley, she worked for San Francisco architect and urban designer Daniel Solomon for three years, an experience that informed her awareness of the interplay between buildings and the urban environment. In 1986 she founded Fougeron Architecture and went on to design award-winning private and public sector projects in a decidedly modernist vocabulary. Fougeron has taught architectural design to undergraduate and graduate students at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as the Howard Friedman Visiting Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Architecture from 2003 to 2004. Fougeron Architecture is a nationally recognized design firm whose work exhibits a strong commitment to clarity of thought, design integrity and quality of architectural detail.

Mark R. LePage, AIA, is the Partner in Charge of Operations at Fivecat Studio Architecture and the founder of Entrepreneur Architect, an online resource inspiring architects to build better businesses. Mark writes a weekly blog, hosts a monthly podcast and has recently introduced Entrepreneur Architect Academy, an online business school for architects planned for launch Summer 2013.