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2018 Equity by Design Symposium
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Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning + Matrices

On October 29, 2016, individuals from around the country came together for the Equity by Design Symposium in San Francisco. This video provides insights into the results of the 2016 Equity by Design Survey; data that informs a solutions-based approach to equity in design. Discover how you can join AIASF's men and women committed to equity.  



© Danielle Lindsay and Ming Thompson

2016 Symposium: Metrics, Meaning and Matrices

As the fourth installment of the Equity by Design Symposium, this year’s theme- “Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning and Matrices”- builds upon the last five years of advocacy and sets an exciting path for the next chapter of our journey towards equity in architecture. 

Findings from the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey will be presented through a series of panel discussions. Between these sessions there will be a series of diverse and interactive break-out workshops that encourage participants to engage in meaningful dialogue about their career experiences. 


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In 2014, AIA San Francisco and The Equity by Design Committee presented its 3rd symposium, Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! The day was 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. The results of the 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey was presented in panel discussions focused in 3 major knowledge sessions: Hiring & Retention, Growth & Development, and Meaning & Influence.

Break-out sessions followed each main knowledge session. Participants selected from 3 relevant topics in each knowledge area that suited their professional needs. We heard from thought leaders and then used our design thinking skills to generate creative solutions to the challenging practice issues that confront architects, emerging professionals, and firm leadership.

Our goal was 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.

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

  • EQxD: Hiring & Retention
  • EQxD: Growth & Development
  • EQxD: Meaning & Influence*

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