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  • November 29, 2018
    EQxDV Symposium | San Francisco, November 2-3, 2018

    Earlier this month, the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee sent delegates to the AIA San Francisco Equity by Design (EQxD) Committee’s 5th Symposium, #EQxDV: Voices, Values, Vision. The symposium gathers committed champions and change agents from all over the U.S. and abroad to advance the movement for equitable practice and the future of architecture. More on the symposium here.

  • Monthly Committee Meeting Agenda – November 20, 2018

    Upcoming WIA Fall | Winter Events & Announcements

    • No events in December 2018
    • 9th WIA Annual Recognition Award
      • Wednesday, 19 December submission deadline
    • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | 9th WIA Annual Recognition Award & Holiday Party
      • Fisher & Paykel | 150 E 58th Street #361
    • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | January Committee Meeting
      • Workplace Harassment Update
      • Attendees: AIANY Board VPs
    • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | Speed Mentoring 
    • Friday, February 8, 2019 | Leadership Breakfast
      • Frances Halsband, FAIA
    • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | February Committee Meeting
      • Post-Committee Meeting with Project Design Presentation
      • RAMSA on Residential Master Plan Projects
    • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Architectural Practice Panel
      • Strategic Design Communications: Marketing in Architecture
      • Panel Speakers: Tami Hausman (Hausman), Yeng Wu (Ennead), Daria Pahotta (BIG), Carole Doscher (Graceworks) | Moderator: Molly Heintz (Oculus)
    • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | March Committee Meeting
      • Post-Committee Meeting topic TBD (Pecha Kucha Speed Presentation)
    • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | Women’s History Month Presentation
      • Women-Built NYC | Three Decades of Public Design
      • Presenter: Public Design Commission of the City of New York
    • Saturday, 13 April 2019 | Girls Build! 
    • Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | April Committee Meeting
      • Post-Committee Meeting with Dinner Roundtable
    • Saturday, 27  April 2019 | Project Tour
      • City Tech, Brooklyn, Perkins Eastman

    Around Town & Related Events

    Wednesday, 28 November 2018 (6 pm – 8 pm)

    December 3-4, 2018 – Miami

    Hayes Slade, AIANY President


    Topics & Good Reads

    Career reentry conference and events for employers and individuals returning to work after a career break, and also work directly with blue chip companies to introduce, implement and expand career reentry programs to engage with and hire from the return-to-work talent pool.

    iRelaunch Return to Work Conference | Tuesday, 7 May 2019 in Stanford, CA


    To provide architects and firms with guidance on best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion principles, and how those values can be a part of any architectural practice.

    To address issues such as career progression, work culture, leadership development, pay equity, talent recruitment and more.

    Topics under work culture include attention to professional ethics and sexual harassment.


    EQxDV Symposium Briefing | San Francisco 2-3 November 2018

    • The theme on VOICES, VALUES, and VISION
    • VOICES: A look at personal and professional milestones that can affect career progression and retention
    • VALUES: Examines how the personal ideals leading one into the profession compare with industry expectations and how valued they feel in their current positions
    • VISION: Distills what makes architecture a satisfying career and how designers and firms can create a culture of equity both within the workplace and in society


    • Damaris Hollingsworth, AIA | Her education in Brazil as a female student in architecture
    • A.L. Hu, Associate AIA | Her experience at Columbia GSAPP as a non-binary student
    • Beau Frail, AIA | Advocacy for work-life balance
    • Sandra Vivanco, RA | Ethic background and workplace expectations

    Survey data briefing from 14,360 respondents (Refer to ARCHITECT article: 6 November 2018)

    • Female and minority architects and designers earned lower salaries than their white male peers and were less likely to hold positions of leadership.
    • Long workdays and uncertainty about employer values correlate with a lower likelihood of job satisfaction and firms are still lackluster in their effort to implement equitable practice.
    • White women have made some moves to close the leadership and pay gaps.
    • A graduate degree in architecture does little to elevate one’s salary, particularly in the first decade of work, and firms are not paying more for employees who can offer greater value and elevate the studio’s prestige.
    • Women with master’s degree reported lower salaries than men with bachelor’s degrees across all levels.
    • More likely to stay in a position if the work had an impact in the community, have friends in the firm, or the firm offered mentoring.
    • Architects want to and do have a family and more single women practitioners report being mothers (7-8 years post-graduation) that women working in firms (12 to 15 years post-graduation).
    • 44% women report to be the prime caregiver compared to only 5% male, with 1/3 report to split child-rearing responsibilities equally.
    • Women prime caregivers make less than men secondary caregivers.
    • Firms could improve efforts to communicate performance and growth expectations.
    • More white male leaders (You can’t be what you can’t see…for a person of color as Principal).
    • Popular values are: personal growth, happiness, curiosity, honesty, and social justice.
    • Ambition, personal achievement, and success drive career decisions and not by wealth and  social power.
    • Firm values identified as client satisfaction, profitability and company growth rather that individual growth and learning.


    VOICES Panelists

    • Tiffany D. Brown Associate AIA | The Smith Group

    Leadership position to advocate change in policy in the firm

    • A.L. Hu, Associate AIA | Solomonoff Architecture Studio
    • Diane Jacobs, AIA | Holly Street Studio

    Started her own firm due to the lack of childcare policy and recognizes that the system does not support women who decide to start a family.

    Negotiates fees with clients to support financial cost for office benefits (healthcare and retirement)

    • Kevin Holland, AIA | Perkins + Will

    The importance to have mentors or sponsors who will give you an opportunity to “figure it out” by yourself

    Do, Fail, Recover…


    VOICES Breakout Session | The Power of Our Stories

    • Patricia Alarcon, AIA | Ratcliff Associates
    • Advocate for yourself
    • Jessica Job Sea, AIA | Noll & Tam Architects
    • Do what you can and always look out for that next opportunity
    • Nancy Malone, AIA | Siegel & Strain Architects

    What you can do to get the most out of your situation and always keep an eye out for that next opportunity

    Group workshop: Identify how our stories differentiate us and can impact others

    Simon Sinek: The importance of the story is the “why”

    Start with Why, then How, and end with What


    Elements of a good story

    • Appeal to emotions
    • Element of surprise
    • Have a connective tissue to the story
    • Beginning: Create empathy
    • Middle: Identify challenges
    • How do you resolve the “complication”?
    • What is the “call for action” component?
    • End: Resolution with a happy ending


    VALUES Panelists

    • Meg Brown | Perkins + Will
    • Linna Jane Frederick, FAIA | 2020 AIA President
    • Marilyn Moedinger, AIA | Runcible Studios
    • Michael Thomas, Esq | Ogletree Deakins


    • Clients are now asking for diversity in project teams
    • Creating and designing projects to give back to the community
    • Advocating for pay equity
    • AIA Guides for Equitable practice


    VALUES Breakout Session | Aligning Workplace Values and Project Outcomes

    • Shalini  Agrawal, Founder | Public Design for Equity
    • Tiffany D. Brown, Associate AIA | The Smith Group
    • Shawn Hesse, Community Engagement Manager | International Living Future Institute
    • Karen Robichaud, Director of Creative Engagement | Payette


    Learning Objectives:

    • Define power, privilege, and bias, and understand how these terms relate to their own lived experience
    • Describe the relationship between sustainability and equity
    • Identify ways in which power, privilege and bias shape project outcomes
    • Explore strategies to incorporate equitable practices into projects at varying scales of influence from firm policy to project processes and outcomes


    • To prepare an RFP for a sustainable dormitory building for a large university that has not punished a student accused of a high-profile sexual assault in the dorm
    • To work for a developer on a luxury mixed-use residential project in a gentrifying neighborhood with a low-income  community of color and tax-incentives for building a “green district”
    • To interview for a civic building in Kenya where local builders for another completed building could not get more jobs because they have been stigmatized as “working for the white man”.


    • Are there ways to address or acknowledge the issue through the design process or the project itself
    • Can you affect change?
    • What is your responsibility?
    • Do you have the tools or resources to address the issue?
    • How to raise concern with your firm/project team
    • How are privilege, power, and bias come into play in each scenario
    • Should the firm decline the opportunity


    VISION Panelists

    • Susan Chin, FAIA | Design Trust for Public Spaces
    • Arezzo Riahi, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Business Partner | Autodesk
    • Deanna Van Buren, RA | Designing Justice
    • Bryan Lee, Associate AIA | Colloqate Design


    • Metrics of Success
    • Culture & Relationship
    • Engagement & Impact
    • Work-Life Balance
    • Success throughout life is not just about balance, or finding time to do everything, but about replenishing the energy to reinvigorate
    • Work ethic + Design = Positive Contributions
    • Saying “Yes” is harder than saying “No”
    • Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions
    • Find your champions and be a champion
    • To be hired for your potential, not just for what has been accomplished
    • Fail fast, fail often, but do not quit!
  • November 19, 2018
    AIANY WIA Practitioner | Student Mentoring Warm-Up Fall Session

    Architecture students from the participating institutions—City College of New York, Columbia GSAPP, and University of Pennsylvania, had a group or one-on-one mentoring session with the AIANY WIA members/practitioners for resume reviews, informal design crits and/or professional development guidance. The session was held at the New York office of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners.

    To all our WIA Practitioner Mentors and student mentees, thank you so much for participating in the AIANY WIA Practitioner | Student Mentoring Warm-Up Fall Session and for contributing to a great event!


  • AIANY Women in Architecture 9th Annual Recognition Award

    The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee is currently accepting applications for this year’s Recognition Award! We will recognize recently licensed women architects at our annual WIA New Year Party this year on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. In addition to the festivities, we announce the recipient of our Recognition Award. This award honors one recently licensed woman architect who demonstrates strong leadership skills and a commitment to the growth and advancement of our profession. The winner receives a $1000 stipend towards travel and miscellaneous expenses at the AIA National Convention, which will be in Las Vegas, June 6-8, 2019.

    Eligible candidates must have achieved licensure between December 2017 and December of 2018 and live in the New York City area.

    Fisher Paykel has graciously agreed to host our annual WIA New Year Party where we will announce this year’s winner!

    Entry Package Requirements:

    • One essay of not more than 500 words describing  your leadership role in the professional community
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • Proof of Licensure

    The Women in Architecture committee launched this new component to its annual Recognition program in 2010.  

    Please plan to submit for 2018 if you expect to achieve licensure. Submission deadline will be Wednesday, 19 December 2018, and PDF documents of the Entry Package (max. 6MB) should be emailed to


    Thank you and good luck!

    Vivian Lee and Kerry Nolan, AIANY WIA Committee Co-Chairs

  • November 13, 2018
    Architecture Firm Tours

    On November 8th, the AIANY Women in Architecture committee organized firm tours to three distinct, exciting architecture offices—Deborah Berke & Partners;Rexrode Chirigos Architects; and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The tours highlighted their office culture and structure, achievements, and showcased selected projects. Here are a few images from the events. Thank you to those who joined us!


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