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#EQxDV: Voices, Values, Vision Symposium 2018

Now is Our Time to Lead

We have come so far in our journey, yet we must go farther; our work is far from done. Working towards a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive profession is a marathon, not a sprint. Each of us has an integral role to play: sharing our stories, advocating for our values, and paving a new path forward to shape the future of architecture. Together we are stronger. Will you join us?

Registration is Now Open - August 22 - October 31st

Register as soon as possible as we historically sell out within 4-6 weeks after registration opens.

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#EQxDV - Pre-Symposium Workshop "AIA Guides to Equitable Practice"
12:30 PM12:30

#EQxDV - Pre-Symposium Workshop "AIA Guides to Equitable Practice"

As a special #EQxDV Pre-Symposium Workshop - We are offering an additional session prior to the Symposium. Please note that registration is separate from the 11/3 Saturday Symposium programming. So, you don’t have to be signed up for #EQxDV to register for this event. Those who are attending on Saturday and arriving early are encouraged to register for this additional event.

AIA Guides to Equitable Practice

Are you interested in building a more equitable workplace, but unsure of how to start? Do you have expertise on an equity issue that could benefit others? Join us to learn how to leverage the AIA’s new Guides for Equitable Practice to transform your career and your firm!

Participants will gain hands-on experience exploring key concepts addressed in the first release of the Guides, including assessment techniques and actionable strategies for improving workplace culture, promoting cultural competence, mitigating implicit bias, and achieving pay equity.  Together, we will collaborate to devise implementation strategies at multiple scales, and to imagine the possibilities for their use by current and future leaders at all levels of practice.


Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA - AIA National Board - Director at Large and Chair AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee

Annelise Pitts, AIA - AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee

Karen E. Williams, AIA - AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee

About the Guides to Equitable Practice -

Based on the recommendations from the AIA Equity in Architecture Commission Report, the guides will provide architects and firms with guidance on best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion principles, and how those values can be a part of any architectural practice. They will address such issues as career progression, work culture, leadership development, pay equity, talent recruitment and more. Topics under work culture include attention to specific areas such as professional ethics and sexual harassment.

More Info about the Guides

Pricing + Registration:

AIASF Member $35

General Admission $40

Lunch will be provided prior to the workshop.

CEUs - 3.75 AIA Learning Credits will be provided

Learning Objectives -

  • From this session, participants will be actively engage peers in a number of participatory design exercises intended to facilitate reviewing both completed guides and templates for future publication,

  • From this session, participants will evaluate content clarity and practicability and surfacing critical issues that have yet to be addressed.

  • From this session, participants will gain knowledge on how to apply the guides to equitable practice their own respective practices, beginning with assessment and following with actionable ways to implement frameworks to address key topics covered in each chapter

  • From this session, participants will understand the overall structure of the guides as a resource to advance equitable frameworks to apply to professional practice.

First-time registrants for AIA Programming :

Everyone is welcome to attend our programs. You do not need to be an AIA member to register, but you will need to create an account on the aiasf.org website here (you will need this to sign up for all AIA events); AIASF members will automatically have a profile on the AIASF website. You do not need to be an AIA member to register with the website or to attend events - everyone is welcome. While logged into your account, complete your registration by clicking the "register" button at the top right of this page.

If you have any difficulties creating a profile on the AIASF website, logging in, or registering for an event, please contact the AIASF reception at info@aiasf.org.

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to Jul 6

#EQxDV: Voices Values Vision - Call for Thought Leaders


AIA San Francisco Equity by Design (EQxD) Committee opens the Call for Thought Leaders for our Fifth Symposium #EQxDV - Voices, Values, Vision, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8:30 – 5:00 pm at the San Francisco Art Institute. 

The #EQxDV Symposium is our most anticipated gathering of committed Champions and Change Agents from all over the United States and abroad to advance the movement for equitable practice and the future of architecture.

The framework for the #EQxDV Symposium program is defined by two anchors: presentation of the early findings of the 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey and active engagement in the form of panel discussions, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities. We are looking for Thought Leaders who are content experts, passionate advocates, and those willing to shape portions of the day’s program.  As with years prior, you will, together with our leadership group, be deeply involved in the design of the day’s experience.


#EQxDV Thought Leadership Themes

We are seeking your expertise and experiences in the following focused themes for the Symposium. 


To attract and retain the most diverse talent we must hear from those in practice and beyond. We need to listen to their challenges, concerns, and aspirations. With over 14,000 responses, the 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey is the largest and most comprehensive dataset of career perceptions and experiences in the industry. This unprecedented collection of professional voices is the testimony that allows us to build a deeper understanding of where we are and of the critical work needed to move forward. This year we commit to leveraging our platform to amplify all voices and create a safe space for everyone, regardless of position or identity, to speak up and be heard.


Within a broad diversity of identities and experiences, we come together to find the common ground in our core values. This year we will explore how they guide us in choosing our collaborators, shaping our work culture, and cultivating our design leadership to make the most lasting impact within our communities. We will explore how we can “walk the talk” and communicate our worth as engaged citizens and as architects and leaders. Lastly, we uphold the values of equity, inclusion, dignity, and respect as an integrated approach in our design work that deeply resonates for individuals, practices, clients, and our communities.  


We continue to expand our focus and explore the future of a better world. As we begin to see equitable practice in action in practices of all sizes, we can build on that reality, exploring new types of services, new relationships, new symbiotic models for work culture and life. This year we will also look beyond our workplaces and envision how equity in practice can inform our design work, aiding us in creating equitable outcomes, inclusive experiences, and dignified spaces.


To be considered for #EQxDV 2018 Symposium, you must submit your application by July 6, 2018.  The AIASF EQxD Core Team will evaluate each submittal received and announce the final group of Thought Leaders by early August 2018.

Evaluation Criteria for each submission will include the following:

  • Alignment with EQxD Core Mission, #EQxDV Voices, Values, Vision Theme and Topics
  • Past experience, expertise in presenting/delivering highly engaging content 
  • Thought leadership/case study examples of emerging equitable practice models
  • Fit of proposed topic with other submissions
  • Presenters representing a broad range of professional experience 


Q1. How many people can be part of 1 submission? 

A1. We ask that submissions include a minimum of 1 or maximum of 3 people that will align with the presentation style. (ie.,  hands on workshop w/ 1 or 2  or engaging discussion panels w/ 3 people).

Q2. What is the duration of the proposed presentation?

A2. All break out presentation sessions will be 50 to 60 minutes in duration, as such we ask that proposed sessions be delivered within this duration.

Q3. I am not a Thought Leader, but would like to participate and support the Symposium, how can I help?

A3. You don't have to be a Thought Leader to get involved for #EQxDV . Please contact us to volunteer in a variety of ways - sponsorship champion, leading dine-about groups, firm tours for out of town guests, setup, break down, social media champion, etc. There are many ways to get involved in a meaningful way.



If you have any other questions, please contact Julia Mandell, EQxD Symposium Chair, by sending an email to julia.v.mandell@gmail.com

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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.


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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AIA National Convention Philadelphia - Equitable Practice Seminars
to May 20