EQxD In the News

Equity by Design Releases Early Findings From Its 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey

AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design (AIASF’s EQxD) committee released the early findings from its 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey during its fourth (sold-out) symposium, Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning, and Matrices, held on Oct. 29 at the San Francisco Art Institute. The results, organized into two frameworks—career dynamics, or the challenges and perceptions of working in the profession; and career pinch points, the milestones that make or break one’s advancement—show an underrepresentation of women and minorities in leadership roles and a clear gender pay gap regardless of one’s experience and title. Moreover, the survey identifies the specific predictors of one’s success in architecture.
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Why Equity Matters for Everyone: A New Value Proposition for Design

“Equity” and “equality” have long been used interchangeably, but the terms are often confused with each other. While the focus of equality is framed with sameness being the end goal, equity may be defined as a state in which all people, regardless of their socioeconomic, racial, or ethnic grouping, have fair and just access to the resources and opportunities necessary to thrive. Beyond equity’s newer association with pluralism, it has long been connected to financial capital, as well as to collective ownership, vested interest, and a sense of value or self-worth.
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ArchitectChats: Episode 8 with Rosa Sheng on Work, Life, and Balance

Meet Rosa Sheng, AIA, the woman at the helm of Equity by Design (EQxD), an AIA San Francisco committee formerly known as The Missing 32% Project). Not only is she a tireless advocate for gender and racial equity in the architectural profession, she is also a senior associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's San Francisco office. In this episode, Sheng discusses how she overcame her fear of public speaking, returning to the workplace after becoming a mother, why she almost left the profession—but didn't—and how she attempts to achieve the impossible: work–life balance.
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Innovation in Architecture starts w/ the Perfect Pitch

Architect Magazine, May 26, 2016

The day before thousands of people poured into the Pennsylvania Convention Center to watch the opening keynote of the 2016 AIA Convention, the thought-leadership group Equity by Design held its second-annual EQxD Hackathon: Architecture and the Era of Connections on May 18. The group was founded as an AIA San Francisco committee and formerly called The Missing 32% Project.
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