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The Missing 32%

In the United States, women represent about 50% of students enrolled in architecture programs, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. The Missing 32% stems from the belief that the architectural profession must reflect the diversity of the communities, users and clients it serves.

The mission of the Missing 32% mission is to advocate for best practices in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of our profession's best talent in order to expand diversity and inclusion at every level in architectural 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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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.