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Intersectionality / Intercultural Intelligence Workshop 2.0
6:00 PM18:00

Intersectionality / Intercultural Intelligence Workshop 2.0

Photo by Wanda Lau

Photo by Wanda Lau

Back by popular demand, we will reconvene our discussion on Intersectionality and Intercultural Intelligence as essential skills towards advancing equitable practice and more successful design outcomes in the built environment.

Stay tuned for full Workshop Agenda in the coming weeks. We will also bring out the Intersectionality Role Plays scenarios to hone our skills for greater understanding.

Intersectionality—a theory by renowned civil rights expert and law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw that social categorizations such as race, class, and gender interconnect and create overlapping and interdependent systems of disadvantage—is a fundamental framework for rethinking and redesigning power structures after #MeToo.

Intercultural Intelligence - Intercultural intelligence, or ICI, is a term that is used for the capability to function effectively in culturally diverse settings and consists of different dimensions (metacognitivecognitivemotivational and behavioral) which are correlated to effectiveness in global environment (cultural judgement and decision making, cultural adaptation and task performance in culturally diverse settings).[1]


This 1.5 hour session will be learning about the evolving mindset of intersectionality and intercultural intelligence in advancing equitable practice. We will explore the theory of intersectionality and understand its importance in disrupting bias and the erasure of complex identities - (ie., mixed race, transgender/gender queer, etc). We will also learn about the theory of intercultural intelligence, which creates a framework for developing understanding, empathy and importance of understanding the complexity of culture in a context beyond race/ethnicity. We will shape the session around relevant storytelling of intersectional identities and then have a workshop Role/Play to directly explore how intersectionality and intercultural intelligence can inform equity activism, encourage dialogue, and promote inclusivity.


We will be offering 1.5 CEU’s for this Session and Light Evening Refreshments

$15 for AIASF Members

$20 for General Registration

Panelists Bios

Helen Bronston, AIA

Associate and Architecture Discipline Lead at SmithGroup


Helen serves as Director of Architecture for the San Francisco office of SmithGroupJJR, where she is an associate.  Raised in Wisconsin, she holds a BA in Anthropology from Yale, and an MArch from Harvard, where she was awarded the AIA Adams Medal. Over her 26-year career she has worked exclusively for non-profit educational, healthcare, and governmental organizations, for that is where she has felt she can do the most good for the greatest number of people. She is currently serving on the board of directors for Joan’s House, a newly-forming shelter for transgender women who have been incarcerated. Her experience transitioning gender as an architect was profiled in the San Francisco Business Times on 12 June 2015. Unable to leave school behind, Helen is also very slowly writing a PhD dissertation in History of Architecture at UC Berkeley.

Mani A. Farhadi, Assoc. AIA

Senior Facilities Planner, Stanford University


A global thinker and creative thought leader, Mani Ardalan Farhadi brings three decades of experience in architectural planning. In her current role as Senior Facilities Planner at Stanford University, in the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (OFPM) within the School of Medicine, Mani is combining her passion for education, with her extensive planning skills. Her prior experience includes 1 year at Taylor Design in San Francisco, 16 years at Steinberg Hart in San Jose, and 14 years at Sasaki Associates in Boston. Using analytical skills, she is integral to campus projects, collaborating on design and planning strategies with public and private educational clients throughout the US. Described as ‘the client in the room”, Mani’s keen ability to listen builds consensus within user group settings. Leveraging her expertise in strategic planning and programming, Mani enjoys leading workshops, stakeholder presentations, and conferences nationwide (SCUP, AIA, EQXD, CCFC, CCLC, A4LE).

Mani’s leadership extends into volunteer duties: former Board of Trustee member at Los Gatos Union School District, and Chair of the Bond Oversight Committee, for which she received the ‘Citizen Architect’ award. In addition, she is Outreach Coordinator and mentor for WIA (Women in Architecture) Silicon Valley, an advocate for pay equity, supplemented with mentoring professional Iranian women. A graduate of Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA with a B.A. in Architecture, she followed with a B.Arch from Boston Architectural College. A lifelong learner, her formal education has been supplemented with certificates from SCUP Planning Institute (Step III), Leadership Los Gatos, LEED AP, as well as training in MIG (Management in Governance) and Lean.

Prescott Reavis, NOMA, LEEP AP, SEED

Founding Director of Anomili Design + Planning

Prescott Reavis is an Oakland based Spatial Activist, designer, planner and award-winning educator who has merged over 20 years of experiences in architecture, planning, and education to develop and construct inclusive communities internationally with a focus on equitable design and planning justice. Prescott leads, Anomili Design + Planning, providing community engagement, planning, design and youth design education for non-profits, small business, and community-based organizations, projects include Planning, Community Engagement and Design for The Oakland Black Cultural Zone, and Community Planning/education in collaboration with The Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley, Y-PLAN program throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mr. Reavis previously served as the Director of Community Planning and Project Manager for national renowned Public Interest Design Organization AND Architecture + Community Planning, an Associate at Anshen + Allen Architects. Prescott is accredited in Sustainable Design, certified in Social Economic Environmental Design, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in education from Howard University and is currently completing his Masters in Urban Planning from San Jose State University with a focus on integrating youth in the planning and design processes.

Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusvion SmithGroup / AIASF Immediate Past-President 2018


Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA is a Principal at SmithGroup and Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion. She is also AIASF President and Founding Chair of Equity by Design. As a licensed architect with 23 years of 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 Rosa has led a national movement for equitable practice in Architecture - catalyzed by ground-breaking research, engaging platforms and public speaking outreach nationally and abroad. National press coverage of Rosa’s work with Equity by Design include Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

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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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