EQxD Events

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The Architecture Lobby @CCA
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.



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6:00 PM18:00


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/

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WE310 Equity by Design Hackathon & Happy Hour: AIA Convention 2015 Atlanta
1:00 PM13:00

WE310 Equity by Design Hackathon & Happy Hour: AIA Convention 2015 Atlanta

WE310 Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! 

Inspired by the sold-out October 18th Symposium in San Francisco, this workshop will feature the most popular break-out topics from each knowledge area: Hiring and retention, growth and development, meaning and influence. This energizing half-day workshop will begin by reviewing the findings from the 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey.  What is a Hackathon? You'll use design thinking skills in a rapid prototyping format and competition setting with an elevator pitch to present your initiative for best practices relating to talent recruitment, work/life flexibility, career advancement and transparency, mentorship, negotiation and more. 

Happy Hour at Studio No. 7 - 5/13 @ 5:30-7:30

Location: Studio No. 7 at 393 Marietta Street N.W. Atlanta, GA 30313

Following the WE310 EQxD Workshop, participants will be invited to a complimentary Happy Hour  (5:30pm-7:30pm) at Studio No. 7 for Jury deliberations and Awards. If you can't make the workshop, we will have registration and minor fee to attend Happy Hour event so that you can catch up on the highlights of the Hackathon! Proceeds beyond costs of the event go to funding the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey.

Happy Hour registration includes networking, a recap of the EQxD Hackathon, Jury results and award announcements accompanied by an assortment of wines and appetizers inspired by Latin American and Asian cuisine that is seasonal and prepared with craft and care. 






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Equity by Design @ AIA New York Center for Architecture
8:00 AM08:00

Equity by Design @ AIA New York Center for Architecture

Join Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, founder of AIASF committee The Missing 32% Project, as she summarizes some of the key findings from the "2014 Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!" symposium and early results of the Equity in Architecture Survey. Sheng’s presentation will be followed by an open discussion on the business case for equity in professional practice and how to strengthen the national movement for Equity in Architecture in 2015.

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February Monthly Meeting @ AIASF 130 Sutter Street
12:30 PM12:30

February Monthly Meeting @ AIASF 130 Sutter Street

Come plug in to our 2015 initiatives!

Equity if for Everyone :  New? Bring a Friend? Men? Returnees? We welcome ALL to the take Action for Equity.

Agenda at a Glance: 

Download Agenda HERE!

Equity by Design 2015 Initiatives

Initiative Report‐Outs (Goals, Format, Next Steps and Team Members)    

  • INSPIRE % ‐ Social Media and Gallery Exhibit
  • EQxD U – Learning Modules, Topics and Schedule
  • EQxD Alliance – Network and 5030 Challenge
  • EQxD Research – Report of Findings and Future Survey Content

EQxD U Workshop 1 of 4: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (3/12/15) 6pm-8:30pm  

Planning Session/Review Agenda/Confirm Coordinators/Volunteers 

  • Format: Survey Findings, Panel Discussion, Gamestorm and Discussion 
  • Sarah Estephan – Survey Findings, Symposium Highlights
  • Panelists – Introduce unique attributes of firms they represent
  • Group Break‐Outs – Discuss and prioritize 3 questions for panelists
  • Briefings by Group                       
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Feminism and Architecture (Susana Torre) Discussion
6:00 PM18:00

Feminism and Architecture (Susana Torre) Discussion

Please join us for this AIASF and OWA Joint Event hosted at MKTHINK.

Everybody is welcome to this OWA Book Circle event.

(By Jean Nilsson from Nov/Dec OWA Newsletter)

February 11, 2015, the OWA Book Circle along with members of the AIASF EQxD: The Missing 32% Project invite you to a round-table discussion with excerpts of the video of Torre's address that is available on The Architectural League of New York's website. We ask you to view the video beforehand because it is so full of ideas, or you can read the lecture, which is published on Parlour's website in three parts: Feminism in ArchitectureTokenism, and Where to Next? 

Torre reflects on the influence that feminism has had on the architecture profession, discusses six significant ways that feminist ideas have contributed to changing architecture and planning (see article in our last issue) and outlines her ideas on how to move forward. What are new agendas for feminism and architecture?

"Today, when we talk about 'women in architecture' we usually focus not on discourse, but on the unfulfilled agendas of salary parity and equal access to opportunities for retention or promotion, or on the difficulty of reconciling the demands of a very exacting profession with those (no less time-consuming) of child-rearing and the production of domestic life, as most women still bear the greater responsibility for both."

Torre gives several suggestions: She reminds us that "the creation of discourse is fundamental for changing a discipline." She urges institutions such as AIA to "lead in the effort to retain and promote the advancement of women in the profession" (as the AIASF Missing 32% committee has done, article above). She urges scholars to continue "redefining the criteria for inscribing the work of women into history, challenging the criteria approved by the male critical establishment" (as OWA members Inge Horton and Sandhya Sood do; see articles below). Torre mentions ArchiteXX.org, a group in New York, but doesn’t say what we in a group like OWA might do. When OWA Book Circle member Inge Horton wrote to Susana Torre about our group's interest in her lecture, she responded right away that she would be interested in continuing a discourse on this important part of architecture with us.

We will view parts and discuss the video about Feminism and Architecture by Susana Torre  Please look at the VIDEO and the recommended readings below before this event for a good discussion.

Further Recommended Readings for Discussion:

A Conversation with Susana Torre 

Susana Torre Blog   

Location: Office of MK Think
1500 Sansome Street, San Francisco 

RSVP and Questions call Wendy Bertrand 415-648-2713

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