American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

The Missing 32% Project

AIA San Francisco - The Missing 32% Project presents:

Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!


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October 18, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco

This year, AIA San Francisco and The Missing 32% Project presents its 3rd symposium, Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! The day has been designed to combine data sharing and learning-by-doing, while experiencing the studio-like environment of the San Francisco Art Institute, one of the city's richest architectural assets. We will present the results of the Equity in Architecture Survey in panel discussions focused in 3 major knowledge sessions: Hiring & Retention,Growth & Development, and Meaning & Influence.

Break-out sessions follow each main knowledge session. You can choose from 3 relevant topics in each knowledge area that suits your professional needs. We will hear from thought leaders and then use our design thinking skills to generate creative solutions to the challenging practice issues that confront architects, emerging professionals, and firm leadership.

Our goal is to inspire and empower participants to generate actionable takeaways that will be collected and shared as Equity by Design [EQxD] Best Practice Guides as an open resource to transform the future of the profession.

Get a sneak peak of the Event Agenda, Knowledge Sessions and Break-Out Session options.

Equity by Design [EQxD] Knowledge Areas and Break-Out Session Topics:

Come for the Survey Results, Stay for the Discussion, Leave with a renewed sense of purpose to make positive change in your practice.

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2013 Missing 32% Symposium

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
California College of the Arts (Timken Hall)
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco

In June, AIA San Francisco convened leading professionals to discuss pressing issues within the architectural profession and explore changes necessary to keep future generations of practitioners engaged in the field. During this full day symposium, panelists from a diverse range of firms shared their experiences, insights and strategies surrounding work/life balance, firm culture, communication and negotiation skills, and approaches to leadership.

Attendees discussed what individuals and organizations can do to improve workplace conditions and encourage more women to stay in the profession, as well as different communication strategies to help women strengthen their negotiation skills and better navigate their career paths. Denise Scott Brown made a guest appearance at our Missing 32% symposium and shared her experiences with the audience live via Skype. She encouraged attendees to continue to bring their creativity, determination, and opinions to the conversation. Change requires a cultural shift and society needs to recognize that women also bring a valuable contribution to the business. Click below to learn more about the 2013 symposium.

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2012 Missing 32% Symposium

On October 13, 2012, leading professionals from around the country gathered to discuss the role of women in architecture in the 21st century. Throughout the day, attendees heard from a broad range of speakers representing different career paths in the profession, from those working for large firms to those choosing to start their own practice.

The day began with a brief overview of statistics that detail the current leadership structure of architecture firms. What defines leadership? Who are the leaders within your firms? Who wants to be the leaders? A panel of inspiring architects shared their individual stories about their path to success and the obstacles they have encountered and overcome to get to where they are today. Attendees were invited to voice their ideas for change in break out sessions and together create an agenda for how men and women can work together to increase the value and talent of the future of the profession.

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Video: The Missing 32%


The 50/50 Initiative

To initiate change within the profession, 2013 AIA San Francisco Board President John Kouletsis would like to call upon firms and organizations to support a 50/50 initiative to increase the overall representation and participation of women on architectural award juries, Boards of Directors, and speaker line ups for AIA events. We ask for your support to make these changes and increase the scope of talent at your firm and organization. Click here to sign the petition.