VOICES | Data Presentation and Panel Discussion
9:30 - 10:30am | Auditorium
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 nearly 15,000 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.
Thought Leader Profiles
Project Manager, SmithGroup and Founder, 400 Forward
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University. Currently employed at SmithGroup’s Detroit office and faculty at her alma mater’s College of Architecture and Design, Tiffany has spearheaded raising awareness on how representation makes a significant social impact on firm practice, culture, and education. Her expertise stems from first-hand experiences of addressing environmental injustices and social issues. recently featured in AIA+Architect Magazine and Architectural Record for her efforts in EDI, rethinking architecture education for the traditionally underserved also plays a large role in her career.
Architectural Designer, Solomonoff Architecture Studio
A.L. is a queer, non-binary person of color working as an architectural designer at Solomonoff Architecture Studio in New York City since 2017. They have worked on residential and institutional projects. Prior to joining SAS, they worked as a designer at Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects. A.L. holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley with a minor in Sustainable Design, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
Their activism is at the intersection of architectural labor and gender equity, and manifests in written and visual media forms. Their research focuses on working with other people and communities to understand and rethink the architect's role in creating inclusive spaces. They are a member of as well as a conduit connecting many organizations, including The Architecture Lobby, QSPACE, ArchiteXX, and AIA New York. They have a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP, as well as a B.A. Architecture and minor in Sustainable Design from UC Berkeley. Website: a-l.hu ; Twitter: @a_l_hu
Principal, Holly Street Studio
Diane Reicher Jacobs is the founding principal of Holly Street Studio Architects in Phoenix Arizona. Since 2005, Holly Street has completed nearly 100 projects in the public realm - Community Centers, Higher Ed Facilities, Parks and Recreation Buildings and Urban Masterplans. The work is consistently recognized for design excellence coming from program driven ideas that are grounded in context and inspired by civic discourse. While leading the firm, Diane has remained a steadfast advocate for Women's Leadership as the Chair of the 3rd Biennial National Women's Leadership Summit in Phoenix 2013, President of AIA Arizona in 2014 and Founder of the AZ Women's Leadership Group which is now an active and thriving force in the AZ AIA. Her understanding of the business of architecture from an entrepreneurial perspective has been instrumental in mentoring the next generation not only for impact but well-rounded success. She is the mother of 2 extraordinary young men, wife and partner to Michael Jacobs, AIA, and a perennially aspiring visual artist.
Architect, Wilson Associates
Julia is an experienced architect and planner with broad project experience in architecture, urban design and landscape design. Currently practicing with Wilson Associates, a design/build/development firm in Oakland, California, Julia work includes the design of spaces for living, working, eating and making, with a focus on adaptive reuse. Julia also currently serves as the Co-Chair of Equity by Design, working to increase access to the field of architecture and promote equitable outcomes throughout the architectural process. Previously, Julia worked for four years with SWA Group on large-scale urban design and landscape work in China and Houston, Texas. She received her Masters of Architecture from Rice University and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University. She is a licensed architect in the state of California.
Director of Research and Information, ACSA
Kendall Nicholson is a licensed educator, trained architectural designer, and an avid researcher. He works as the Director of Research and Information at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). With degrees in architecture, real estate and education, his research explores the discipline of architecture through the lens of a social scientist. He has presented research internationally and his research interests surround teaching, learning, and curriculum within the context of architecture. At the ACSA, he makes efforts to engender research surrounding issues of:
1) diversity within the discipline of architecture,
2) architectural relevancy and economy,
3) K12 education and the opportunities for architectural impact, and
4) design scholarship and measurable student outcomes.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Annelise Pitts is an architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in New York, NY. In her design work, she has collaborated with clients and interdisciplinary design teams on complex design and planning projects. Recent projects include the UC Davis Large Lecture Hall, and campus planning for Dominican University of California. As a member of the Equity by Design core team, and the research chair for the last 2 surveys, she is responsible for the development and oversight of the Equity in Architecture Research Project. She looks forward to sharing the results of the 2018 survey at this year’s symposium.