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#EQxDHack18 @ Syracuse University Fisher Center, NYC
Jun
20
1:00 PM13:00

#EQxDHack18 @ Syracuse University Fisher Center, NYC

SOLD OUT! (as of June 1st, 2018)

Thank you for your interest. Please check out our programming for the rest of the year!

Equity by Design is please to announce its 4th Hackathon will be held at Syracuse University's Fisher Center in New York City.

 Image courtesy of Lifeology 101

Image courtesy of Lifeology 101

Equity by Design Hackathon 4: ArchitectuREvolution

A’18 Theme
The New Urban Agenda serves as a multi-faceted platform for Architects to apply our best skills towards imagining and committing to a world that is truly inclusive, where equity is for everyone. The EQxD Hackathon embodies the defining characters of the Agenda - to reinvigorate, to ensure effectiveness, and to create resiliency. Urban development,
while different in scale as Practice development, engenders similar goals of wellness for present generations, openness to embrace diversity and evolving demographics, and a pledge towards sustainability for the future by taking bold steps, together, and today.

 

What the Hack?

As one of the most anticipated workshops in the past four years, the EQxD Hackathon is a unique experience that is essential to building our skills as designers. Based on the Silicon Valley phenomena and emergence of Design Thinking the workshop is hands on, action-oriented, inclusive and teaches the process framework. Groups of thought leaders, licensed architects, and emerging professionals will assemble in an incubator-like setting to learn and apply radical thinking towards transformational concepts for improving Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Architectural Practice and the Communities we serve. Teams will present their Hacks to industry experts and the winning concepts will be presented at the Happy Hour immediately following.

Read More on Last Year's Hackathon Experience in Orlando

Why the Hack?

Hackathons provide an energizing and alternative method to discover, unleash, and create through proximity, design thinking, and teamwork. It’s what happens when you incubate
passion with talent and suspend fear. It’s an experimental environment with a broad and diversely experienced group that's ripe for risk taking and leads to transformational results. Time is a fascinating influence in Hackathons. Perhaps an irony we are nostalgic about is that more time equates to better results. Discard that – we are not looking for perfection. We are looking for bold innovation in the here and now.

When the Hack? 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:00-5:00pm for Hackathon Workshop and 5:30-7:30pm for Happy Hour Reception and Winners Announcement. 

Where the Hack?

Syracuse University School of Architecture has graciously provide in-kind sponsorship for the Hackathon and Happy Hour reception space at the Fisher Center. The entrance to the Fisher Center is located at 19 East 31st Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues

How the Hack?

Thanks for your interest, unfortunately the event is sold out and we can't accept any additional people due to space limitations. Please check out the other programs for EQxD at A'18 and in the Fall.

Who the Hack?

Meet the #EQxDHack18 Panelists + Jurors

Each one of our Panelists has a story to tell about an experience that took them to that place just outside of his or her comfort zone.  That’s why they are perfect to collaborate as Jurors for the Hackathon. They share a passion for working on “firsts” and not being afraid to find the path (or the support network) to move from idea to realization.  Our panelists will also serve as jurors who are diverse by design, thereby representing a collective and multivalent discussion informed by gender, cultural background, role in AEC industry, and years of experience.

Katherine Darnstadt, AIA - Architect, Entrepreneur, Activist and Founder of Latent Design

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Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture, urbanism, and interiors firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Architecture Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner, and Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40. She currently teaches at Northwestern University.

 

Danny Guillory - Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion Autodesk

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As Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Autodesk, Daniel is working to integrate all dimensions of diversity and includsion into many parts of the organization, inclusing customer acquisition, recruitment, hiring, people development, advancement, investment, and acquisition. He also is interested in the application of people analytics and passionate about the integration of diversity into the development of Artificial Intelligence. Daniel studied at Stanford University, Universite de Paris, and Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany.

 

Emmanuel Oni - Active Design Fellow Design Trust for Public Space

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Emmanuel Oni is an architectural designer interested in using design as a catalyst for social change, and has experience in the arts as a painter and arts facilitator. He participated in international urbanism workshops in Venice, Hong Kong, and Lagos, and Parson’s Design Workshops. He received a Master’s in Architecture from Parsons School of Design and a dual Bachelor’s in Biology & Psychology from the University of Houston.

 

Frances Choun - Equity Champion and Mentor, Former Leader in Construction

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Frances is an established and trusted leader formerly as Vice- President of McCarthy’s Northern Pacific Division. Her visionary leadership has propelled the company forward as one of the largest commercial contracting firms in California. Frances launched her career in Architecture, where she developed an interest in the construction side of the business. As an industry expert, Frances is regularly called upon by local, trade and national media to address new and projected trends, and is considered a pioneer in advancing women in the construction field. Frances was in the pioneering class of the Equity by Design's Hackathon at the AIA Convention in Atlanta. This year, her fervor for hacking continues and she will help us select a winner.

 

Lilian Asperin AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Session Organizer; Partner, WRNS Studio

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As Partner at WRNS Studio, Lilian helps to lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. In her role as Pacific Council Chair for SCUP, she organizes immersive experiences where the most pressing topics within Higher Education are brought to bear. As a Director of the AIA SF Board and Co-Chair of the Equity by Design Committee, she is engaged in a national conversation focused on equitable practices within the Architecture profession.

 

Rosa Sheng FAIA, LEED AP BD+C - Event Organizer - Principal, SmithGroup JJR

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Rosa is an architect with over 23 years experience, who has been involved in 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. As founding chair of Equity by Design and President 2018 of AIA San Francisco, Sheng authored AIA National Resolution 15-1 in 2015, and served on the Equity in Architecture Commission in 2016. She has presented nationally and abroad including Boston, New York, Lisbon, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Equity by Design has been featured in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

 

Special Thanks to our #EQxDHack18 Sponsors

 

In Kind Sponsor for EQxD Hack Space :

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EQxD goes to AIA Honolulu
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

EQxD goes to AIA Honolulu

  • AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Aloha AIA Honolulu! 

Rosa Sheng, AIASF President and Founder of Equity by Design and Frances Choun, past AIASF Board Officer, former VP of McCarthy Building Companies and Equity by Design Champion will be speaking about the results from the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey, as well as information about the 2018 survey.

This will frame the discussion on how Architecture and professional practice can remain relevant, provide meaningful engagement and better design outcomes for the communities we serve.

Frances Choun will be the moderator for the discussion/Q&A

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EQxD "U" Workshop Q2 - Becoming a Change Agent #EQxDChangeAgents
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

EQxD "U" Workshop Q2 - Becoming a Change Agent #EQxDChangeAgents

Quarter 2 Topic: Articulating your Values

This year, EQxD will be featuring Quarterly Topics for deep dive rumination, discussion and action! Quarter 2 Topic for Discussion: Articulating your Values and is worth 1.5 AIA LU.

 

EQxD "U" Workshop Q2 - How to Become a Change Agent

How do the industry’s most influential change agents move from identifying a problem to making a lasting impact? Workshop participants will be invited to learn from the experiences of thought leaders who have shifted the status quo in their work within the urban context of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

These leaders will guide participants through tools and techniques while offering them an opportunity to put those skills into practice in a hands-on workshop. Attendees will develop a framework of steps: how to frame a problem, engage others to ideate and find solutions, and leverage networks to implement change as a Call to Action for desired, transformational outcomes.

 

Meet the Change Agents Panel

Garrett Jacobs - Executive Director Open Architecture Collaborative

Garrett’s architectural journey began in post Katrina New Orleans. With a passion for social justice and connecting people, Garrett focuses his energy on organizing the allied design professions in reflective community work. He has over six years of organizing experience from community design build projects, to running an international network of volunteer chapters, and even a national network of municipal civic technologists. Garrett led the reorganization of the Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network and is currently the founding Executive Director of the Open Architecture Collaborative working to inspire, rally and support designers to challenge the status quo of design services.

 

Maia Small - Urban Design / Design Review Manager at San Francisco Planning Department

Maia Small is a Senior Planner Architect at the San Francisco Planning Department where she leads the design review team and provides architectural expertise in the development of building form, open space, and policy in long-range planning. Maia was a partner in Thurlow Small Architecture from 2006 to 2013 where she designed and managed architecture and urban design projects for commercial, institutional and municipal clients.  Prior to her private practice, she worked for Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York and Mark Cavagnero Associates in San Francisco. Maia completed her Master of Architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught architecture at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Tennessee.

 

Jennifer Jones, CAE IOM - Executive Director, AIA SF

Jennifer Jones, MS, CAE, IOM serves as Executive Director of AIA San Francisco (AIASF), one of the largest AIA Chapters in the nation representing 2,200+ members in San Francisco and Marin County. As executive director, her core responsibilities relate to long‐term organizational stability and success of AIASF, which includes establishing and maintaining internal and external partnerships, guiding strategic planning, formulating policy, and leading administration in the interest of architect and allied professional membership. Jenn has an MS in Public Service & Nonprofit Management from DePaul University, and was a 2006 DePaul Public Service Fellow. Jenn has been honored for her accomplishments in association management by PR Newswire, Association of Media & Publishing, International Association of Business Communicators, and Association TRENDS. She is currently managing the Friends of Harvey Milk Design Competition for rethinking the use of the historic plaza in the Castro District.

Change Agent Panel Moderator and Workshop Facilitator

Lilian Asperin, AIA Associate and Project Director, WRNS Studio

Lilian values a firm culture that embraces collaboration, connection to the community, risk taking and fostering talent. As an Associate and Project Director for WRNS Studio’s San Francisco office, she helps lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. Lilian attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with honors. After completing her studies, Lilian worked at architecture firms around the Bay Area, including Stanley Saitowitz, the City of San Francisco’s Bureau of Architecture, SOM and NBBJ. A leader within the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), she organized the first-ever Hackathon for MOOC’s as part of the Pacific Regional Conference and continues her involvement with the organization as Council Program Chair. Lilian also acts as Co-Chair of AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design, a call to action for both women and men to realize the goal of equitable practice and communicate the value of design to society.

Learning Objectives - 1.5 AIA CEU/LU

  1. Participants will be able to analyze data from career dynamics survey results, identify issues and frame problem statements related to pinch points in career dynamics.
  2. Using examples shared by session leaders and question prompts participants will developmethods for engaging others to find solutions to identified problems.
  3. Participants will determine how to identify resources and prioritize workflow into immediate, short-term and long-term milestones.
  4. Participants will propose a quantifiable solution to identified problem or opportunity, and develop actionable steps for implementation of solutions in a larger scale.

 

#EQxDChangeAgents Event Agenda

6pm - 6:15pm Registration and Networking

6:15 - 7pm Change Agent Intro & Panel Discussion

7pm - 7:30pm Change Agent Workshop

7:30pm - 7:45pm Report Back & Conclusions

7:45 - 8pm Networking and Clean-up

 

 

Articles to read before the event:

Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

Your Company's Secret Change Agents

Social Design Pathways via ImpactDesignHub

Want A Stronger Work Ethic? Learn How To Raise Informal Leaders

Four Elementary Forms of Sociality Impacting Trust and Relationships

Booklet on the MSRP

 

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#EQxDHack17 Happy Hour at Cuba Libre, Orlando
Apr
26
5:30 PM17:30

#EQxDHack17 Happy Hour at Cuba Libre, Orlando

We are pleased to announce the location of our 2017 EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (5:30-7:30pm) at Cuba Libre, walking distance from the Orlando Convention Center . After the A'17 Conference Workshop [WE304] EQxD Hackathon: Architecture And the Era of Connections (Wednesday April 26, 1-5pm) we will have a recap of the workshop, and jury results of the winners along with a networking reception to catch up with Hackathon alumni from Atlanta, Philadelphia and AIA EQxD Champions.

Register for WE304 EQxD Hackathon & Happy Hour

If you register for AIA National Pre-Conference Workshop [WE304] EQxD Hackathon: Architecture And the Era of Connections, your admission to #EQxDHack17 Happy Hour is included! Please register for it from the AIA Conference on Architecture via the Registration Website - the time of the workshop is Wednesday April 26th 1-5pm. (Early Bird Registration ends 2/15)

 

Register for #EQxDHack17 Happy Hour Only

If you can't join us for the EQxD Hackathon from 1-5pm on 4/26, but want to join the fun for the #EQxDHack17 Recap and Happy Hour Networking Reception, you can register for this event separately. Registration includes 2 drink tickets and the mouth watering appetizers of the popular Cuban inspired cuisine of Cuba Libre.

#EQxDHack17 Happy Hour Only Registration Fees

(covers drink tickets and mouthwatering Cuba Libre appetizers:

$15 for Students and EPs
$20 AIA Members
$30 for General Admission.

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Mar
3
to Mar 4

Why Equity Matters for Everyone - Center for Architecture New York

  • The Center for Architecture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why Equity Matters: A New Value proposition for Design

The topics of equity and diversity are being widely discussed within the profession of architecture as firms and practitioners struggle with acquiring and retaining talent. At a time when action is needed to respond to changing demographics, the Equity in Architecture Survey, led by Rosa Sheng, AIA, provides insights to the state of professional practice and begins a conversation about the value of equity to architects. To date, this national survey is the largest and most comprehensive study on the topic of talent retention within architecture.

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The AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee and AIANY Women in Architecture Committee are pleased to welcome Rosa Sheng, AIA, for an in-depth discussion of the findings from the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey and the value proposition for Equity and the Future of Architecture

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Bay Area Think-In - The Architecture Lobby Event
Jan
13
5:00 PM17:00

Bay Area Think-In - The Architecture Lobby Event

On Friday January 13th, 2017,  The Architecture Lobby is hosting a Think-In at Gensler Oakland. AIASF EQxD's founding chair Rosa Sheng, AIA will be joining the panel discussion.

Gensler Oakland
2101 Webster St #2000
Oakland, CA 94612

This free event is open to the public and will take place from 5-9pm.  A Think-In is a forum for working through difficult and contested ideas in architectural practice.  We are inviting an array of contributors to weigh in: activists, practitioners, leaders of professional organizations, and academics.  The Think-In is free and open to the public, and all interested students, academics, or practitioners are strongly encouraged to join the discussion. Food and drink will also be served.  Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Think-In Discussions and Panelists:

  1. Labor, Fees and Wages in the Contemporary Economy
    Panelists: Maria Danielides; Peggy Deamer, Yale University and The Architecture Lobby; Jason Geller, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
  2. The Pros and Cons of Contemporary Professionalization
    Panelists: Doris Guerrero, Gensler; Janette Kim, ARPA Journal
  3. Architectural Institutions
    Panelists: Margaret Crawford, UC Berkeley; Rosa Sheng, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Equity by Design
  4. Media and the Public Perception of Architecture
    Panelists: Eva Hagberg Fisher, UC Berkeley; Nancy Levinson, Places Journal

All discussions are moderated by Nancy Alexander.

 

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Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism - Allison Williams

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting lecture series featuring Bay Area design leaders whose work promotes sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning. Proceeds from the lecture series will help the preservation of the Berkeley City Club building. 

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Series tickets are available for $50, only through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets through Eventbrite or at the door for $15 each.

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE - 

SEPTEMBER 22:  Ellen Lou  "Designing Cities, A Global Challenge"

OCTOBER 13:   Laura Hartman  "Inside / Out, Outside/ In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects"

OCTOBER 27:  Marsha Maytum  "Architecture as a Catalyst for Change"

NOVEMBER 9:  Allison Williams  "Design Intent"

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Why Equity (in Practice) Matters - Architecture Exchange East
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Why Equity (in Practice) Matters - Architecture Exchange East

  • Greater Richmond Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are looking forward to joining AIA Virginia for Architecture Exchange East on November 3rd. Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will be presenting the opening Keynote on 11/3 at this year's conference at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Join Rosa Sheng, AIA, as she discusses how equitable practice has the potential to foster success on multiple levels - equity in the workplace, and socially just access to basic resources, healthier communities and resilient public space in our urban centers. The value proposition of equity at all these levels is rooted in empathy, transparency, education, collaboration and trust. The lack of equity in Architectural practice and allied professions has made Architects prone to lose talent to other more lucrative career paths due to factors that challenge retention; long hours, low pay, work that is misaligned with professional goals, and lack of transparency for promotion and compensation. In order to achieve equity in the built environment, the design workforce needs to diversify to reflect the rapidly changing demographic of people that we are charged to serve. Architecture is also prone to the public not fully understanding the value or potential of what Architects can bring to the table. In terms of social impact, design has the power to inform more equitable, resilient, sustainable and relevant built environments for the increasingly multicultural population of our nation.

Thursday Keynote: Why Equity (in Practice) Matters – Rosa Sheng, AIA (AE16OK)

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Oct
29
8:30 AM08:30

SOLD OUT - Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning and Matrices

SOLD OUT! - Sign up for the Waitlist

 2014 EQxD Symposium - Knowledge, Discussion, Action!                      Photo by Daniel Wang

2014 EQxD Symposium - Knowledge, Discussion, Action!                      Photo by Daniel Wang

Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices

Equity (noun) - Just and fair inclusion. An equitable society is one in which all can participate and prosper. The goals of equity must be to create conditions that allow all to reach their full potential. In short, equity creates a path from hope to change.

Summary:

Please save the date for the 4th Symposium of AIA SF "Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices" on October 29, 2016 at the San Francisco Art Institute. The conversation that began in 2011 of the “missing 32%” in regards to the lack of women leaders in architecture has become an international movement with much broader depth and farther reach. Equity by Design is dedicated to achieving equitable practice in architecture in order to retain talent, advance the profession, and engage the public in understanding architecture’s true value proposition in creating accessible and just communities. 

This year’s symposium theme: "Metrics, Meaning & Matrices" builds upon the last five years of advocacy and sets an exciting path for our next chapter.

Why Equity in Architecture Matters.

Equity is the ethos of our work. It is the ability to recognize difference and provide fair and just access to opportunities. Equity also speaks to a collective ownership, vested interest and knowledge of our worth. Equitable practice promotes the recruitment and retention of the most diverse talent while building stronger, successful, sustainable practices. The equitable representation of professionals allows us to better represent the people we are meant to serve. Equity is for everyone - architects, design collaborators, clients, and our communities.

We must leverage metrics to make any substantial progress towards changing the ratios within our profession. We are committed to conduct research and compare data occurring at regular intervals to track progress and maintain accountability over time. In order to move the needle, we must create benchmarks for comparison and make time to review, discuss, and adjust our course of action based on the findings.  

We seek meaning at many levels in the discovery of significance in one’s career, in the personal connections we make with others, in our own reflection upon research findings that can positively transform the workplace culture. Having meaningful work plays a significant role in improving professional satisfaction, increasing talent retention, and raising awareness of architecture’s true value within our global society.

We can adopt matrices to inspire a new mindset for advocacy and action. By nature, we are makers, observers of patterns, problem solvers, creators of connections, and synthesizers of dissimilar elements. Matrices enable us to become originators of new approaches and constructs. We can create more equitable environments within architectural practice and the places we design.

At the symposium this fall, we will present the early findings of the Equity in Architecture Survey 2016 with a series of panel discussions throughout the day. Interspersed with these sessions we have designed a series of diverse and interactive break-out workshops that encourage participants to engage in a dialogue of what is meaningful in their career experiences. And most importantly, we will experience the power and impact of action by learning and applying matrices as individuals, firms and in our professional networks.

Thanks to our EQxDM3 Symposium Sponsors! 

We are still seeking sponsors to support the 4th Symposium for Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices. Please help us reach our $30k goal by August 1st!

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wikiD: Women. Wikipedia. Design Discussion at California Historical Society
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

wikiD: Women. Wikipedia. Design Discussion at California Historical Society

WikiD - Women.Wikipedia. Design. A Discussion and Resources Q&A

AIASF #EQxDM3 Symposium Thought Leaders Lori Brown and Justine Clark will discuss their collaboration on wikiD, the effort to write more women architects into Wikipedia. They will discuss where the idea and inspiration behind the project came from, how it began, its evolution into an international effort spearheaded between groups in New York, Melbourne and Berlin as well as the impacts wikiD has had thus far globally.

Location: The California Historical Society - 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Admission: FREE To Members of AIASF and California Historical Society, General Admission is $10 for non-members.

Lori Brown’s creative practice examines the relationships between architecture and social justice. She is the author of Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals and the editor of Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture. She is the co-founder and leads ArchiteXX, a women and architecture group working to bridge the academy and practice in New York City. She is Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University.

Justine Clark is an architectural editor, writer, researcher and critic. She is a co-founder of the advocacy organisation Parlour: women, equity, architecture and a former editor of Architecture Australia, the journal of the Australian Institute of Architects. Justine is an active participant in public discussions of architecture. Her work has won awards for architecture in the media and her broader contribution to the profession was recognised in 2015 with the Marion Mahony Prize. Her writing appears on both scholarly and professional press and she is co-author, with Dr Paul Walker, of Looking for the Local: Architecture and the New Zealand Modern (2000). Justine is an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

 

 

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Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism - Ellen Lou

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting lecture series featuring Bay Area design leaders whose work promotes sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning. Proceeds from the lecture series will help the preservation of the Berkeley City Club building. 

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Series tickets are available for $50, only through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets through Eventbrite or at the door for $15 each.

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE - 

SEPTEMBER 22:  Ellen Lou  "Designing Cities, A Global Challenge"

OCTOBER 13:   Laura Hartman  "Inside / Out, Outside/ In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects"

OCTOBER 27:  Marsha Maytum  "Architecture as a Catalyst for Change"

NOVEMBER 9:  Allison Williams  "Design Intent"

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AIA National Convention Philadelphia - Equitable Practice Seminars
May
19
to May 20
EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour @ Smokin' Betty's
May
18
5:30 PM17:30

EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour @ Smokin' Betty's

We are pleased to announce the location of our 2016 EQxD Hackathon Happy Hour (5:30-7:30pm) at Smokin' Betty's, near the Philadelphia Convention Center . After [WE315] EQxD Hackathon: Architecture And the Era of Connections (Wednesday, 1-5pm) we will have a recap of the workshop, and jury results of the winners along with a networking reception to catch up with Hackathon alumni from Atlanta.

Register for WE315 EQxD Hackathon & Happy Hour

If you register for AIA National Pre-Convention Workshop [WE315] EQxD Hackathon, your admission to Happy Hour is included! Please register for it from the AIA National Convention Registration Website - the time of the event is Wednesday May 18th 1-5pm. 

Register for Happy Hour Only

If you can't join us for the EQxD Hackathon, but want to join the fun for the EQxDHackathon Recap and Happy Hour Networking Reception, you register for this event separately. Registration includes 2 drink tickets and the mouth watering appetizers of the Zagat rated popular local Philly eatery. Eventbrite Registration for the Happy Hour Only will begin on March 18th. 

Registration Fees (covers drink tickets and mouthwatering Smokin' Betty's appetizers:

  • $15 for Students and EPs
  • $20 AIA Members
  • $30 for General Admission.

Smokin' Betty's -  116 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Special thanks to the generosity of our Happy Hour sponsor McCarthy Building Companies in addition to our other event sponsors - Autodesk, WRNS, HOK, and HGA.

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Living Future Conference 2016: MasterSpeaker Rosa Sheng
May
13
10:30 AM10:30

Living Future Conference 2016: MasterSpeaker Rosa Sheng

Living Future 2016: Truth + Transparency: Celebrating a Decade of Innovation

Join Rosa Sheng for a special MasterSpeaker workshop on May 13th.

 

Why Equity in Architecture Matters: A new value proposition for sustainable design. 

Architectural practice is prone to lose talent to other career paths due to many factors that challenge retention; long hours, low pay, lack of transparency for promotion and work that is misaligned with career goals. Beyond sustainability of the built environment, equitable practice shapes a new value proposition. It supports the retention of human resources, as well as the creation of socially just and ecologically sound environments. The results of the 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey coupled with an interactive discussion will encourage the development of best practices for increasing diversity, expanding career opportunities with socially and environmentally conscious design.

 

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Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

Designing Success for Women - AIA Santa Clara Valley WIA Committee

Rosa Sheng will be a presenter of the 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey Findings and a panelist along with Leah Toeniskoetter, Pamela Anderson-Brulé FAIA, Claudia Folzman, Kim Walesh for an in depth discussion on tools and resources for leading a successful career for women in the AEC community. #AIASCVWIA

 

 

 

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EQxD Keynote at AIAS FORUM - San Francisco - December 29
Dec
29
9:00 AM09:00

EQxD Keynote at AIAS FORUM - San Francisco - December 29

Rosa Sheng, AIA will be presenting the Keynote at Day 1 of AIAS Forum in San Francisco - Save the date!

Rosa Sheng, AIA will kick off the 2015 AIAS Forum in San Francisco with a keynote presentation on Why Equity Matters in the Future of Architecture. 

Full Schedule Available Here

Register Online

 

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EQxD @AIASF NEXT Conference - What's NEXT in the Built Environment?
Nov
12
to Nov 13

EQxD @AIASF NEXT Conference - What's NEXT in the Built Environment?

  • San Francisco County Fair Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do we prepare ourselves, our clients, our businesses and our community? For NEXT, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) on Friday, November 13th, we will gather the best minds in the Bay Area building and design community for two days of multitrack educational sessions and incomparable networking experiences.

THURSDAY 11/12 PLACEMAKING DEEP DIVE

How can we consider the future and not consider Place? Thursday's Placemaking Pre-Conference Deepdive allows its attendees an opportunity to have a longer, more nuanced conversation on Place and its potential to positively influence the creative process and final product.

FEATURE SPEAKERS - Go to AIASF NEXT Website for a full list of featured speakers.

Keynote Presentation: 

THE NEW FRONTIERS OF DESIGN by Paola Antonelli, MoMA New York

Paola Antonelli is an Italian-born curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and one of the world’s foremost experts on contemporary architecture and design.

Design has branched out in new directions, galvanizing young practitioners, sparking novel business models, and attracting worldwide attention. A designer today can choose to focus on interaction, interfaces, the web, visualization, socially minded infrastructures, immersive spaces, biodesign, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and, yes, even products and furniture. 

Antonelli received her MA in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1990, and worked at the design magazines Domus and Abitare before coming to MoMA in 1994. At MoMA, where serves as curator for the Department of Architecture and Design, Antonelli has been a strong of advocate of treating design as art: she’s written that "everything is designed, one way or another.” Antonelli is known for her eclecticism, and has curated well-received shows such as Workspheres (2001), devoted to the workplace of the near future. Her recent exhibit SAFE included – among other materials – a UN refugee tarp, camouflage cream, and a baby buggy. Antonelli has taught design history and theory at UCLA and Harvard and is the author of Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, and co-author of 2008 book Design and the Elastic Mind.

Feature Seminar: 

Innovative Negotiation: The Art and Science of Making the Deal

Friday 11/13 2:30-3:30pm

  • Rosa Sheng, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Elizabeth Tippin, Elizabeth Tippin Law
  • Joan Williams, UC Hastings School of Law

Innovative Negotation is a newly developed highly interactive program that will leverage the science and art of successful deal making. Would you like to become a more effective negotiator on behalf of yourself, your practice, and for your profession-at-large? Develop tactical skills and build confidence by understanding your default negotiation style and discuss ways to increase effective outcomes for your next performance review, salary raise negotiation, contracts and additional services with your clients. There are many situations and types of negotiation — and ultimately it breaks down to communication styles and the choices we make when we engage in these situations. Understanding the various styles of negotiation while learning when to apply these skills based on the situation will be the core focus of the workshop. In this breakout session you will learn HOW to negotiate by learning the key differences between the 5 styles of negotiation. Depending on WHO you are interacting with, you will learn WHAT the appropriate tactics to use based on the circumstances of any given situation.

 

About the Speakers

Joan C. Williams,  UC Hastings College of the Law

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having "something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, her awards include the Families and Work Institute Work Life Legacy Award (2014), Hastings Visionary Award (2013), American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology (2003) and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award (2000). In 2008, Williams gave the Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. Williams, who is Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is author or co-author of over 90 scholarly publications and eight books, most recently What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (co-written with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey). She has appeared in outlets as diverse as the Harvard Business Review, O Magazine, Human Resource Executive, Jezebel, and the Yale Law Journal. Follow her on Twitter @JoanCWilliams and her Huffington Post blog.

  

Elizabeth Tippin, Esq.,Elizabeth Tippin Law

Since 1984, Elizabeth Tippin has been general/litigation counsel to design professional firms, specializing in contract negotiations, business strategy, risk management, dispute resolution, and representation in mediation, arbitration, and trial. She frequently serves as mediator, arbitrator and ALJ for contract disputes, professional licensing, and land use issues. She has taught Architectural Professional Practice at the Academy of Art University Architecture Department since 2003. Supporting the concept and practices of sustainability, Ms. Tippin is a LEED AP.

 

Rosa Sheng, AIA LEED BD+C Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

As a licensed architect with 21 years of experience in architecture and design, Rosa Sheng, AIA 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. She is currently working on innovative and sustainable projects for the University of California, Davis and Dominican University of California in San Rafael. 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 them in Boston, New York, and Lisbon, with other cities planned for 2015. The Equity in Architecture movement has inspired many and created new connections around the world. Rosa currently serves as Asst. Treasurer on AIA San Francisco’s Board of Directors, the AIA National Diversity Council, and is a member of SCUP, and USGBC. Rosa has participated in successful negotiation workshops for the past 3 years and brings an engaging and interactive component to a topic that is challenging yet necessary in professional development.

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Oct
15
5:45 PM17:45

38th Annual Asian American Architects and Engineers Dinner, San Francisco

 Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA The AIA 2015 National President

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA The AIA 2015 National President

AIA National President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, the first Asian-American woman elected President of the American Institute of Architects, will deliver an inspirational speech before dinner. Following dinner, there will be a panel discussion on the theme, moderated by Mr. John King, San Francisco Chronicle Architecture Critic. Six prominent Bay Area leaders will be on the panel, including John Rahaim, San Francisco Planning Director; Tilly Chang, Executive Director for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority; Oz Erickson, Chairman of The Emerald Fund; and Matt Field, Chief Operating Officer of TMG Partners.

Downtown San Francisco has changed profoundly over the past few years and these changes will continue. The changes are both physical and demographic. We have seen a long list of impressive new buildings already built, under construction, and proposed. They have not only changed our skyline, but also the street-level uses. The recent movement of tech companies and millennials to Downtown San Francisco has brought fundamental lifestyle changes to the City: many residential buildings; higher density buildings at transit nodes; walkable and vibrant neighborhood commercial streets; ample ground floor retail; and pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets.

  • Reception: 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Guest Speaker: 7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion: 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.

Please come and listen to what San Francisco leaders have to say.

RSVP and Buy a place at the table for the Dinner

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