AIA San Francisco and The Missing 32% Project's
Equity in Architecture Research Survey Early Findings
San Francisco, Calif. – AIA San Francisco and the Missing 32% Project Committee are excited to share the early findings of the Equity in Architecture Survey first revealed to a sold out crowd at the 3rd Missing 32% Symposium - Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! at the San Francisco Art Institute on October 18, 2014.
“AIASF’s Missing 32% initiative has generated a great deal of poignant conversation and serves as a call to action within the design community, as well as with the public at large,” said Jennifer Jones, CAE IOM, Executive Director of AIA San Francisco. “It has been inspiring to witness the dedication of volunteers associated with the program, and the passion generated amongst attendees of this year’s Missing 32% Symposium. I look forward to and hope for progress, and am pleased that AIASF can serve as a champion for meaningful institutional change on behalf of architects everywhere.”
"While systemic changes may seem daunting and impossible in our career lifetime," states Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Founding Chair of The Missing 32% Project, "I believe that individuals choosing to engage in the conversation and taking action (grass roots) is just as vital and necessary as institutional/corporate change."
Intent for Survey
The Equity in Architecture Survey was envisioned as an endeavor with multiple stages, starting first locally with Bay Area firms, then further expanding to the national scale, with the ultimate goal of informing the global conversation on the issue of Equity in Architecture. Phase 1 of the project, a 90+ question survey created by the Committee was circulated via Survey Monkey February through March 2014. With the assistance of social media, the survey responses captured the workplace participation and career aspirations of 2,289 participants (both men and women) with architectural degrees and experience in architectural practice within the United States.