Newsletter | Jul/Aug 2014

Register Now -- Missing 32% Symposium 2014!

by Jean Nilsson, Ed.

On October 18, 8am-5 pm, the 3rd annual symposium by The Missing 32% Project and AIA San Francisco sponsored by OWA and other local organizations and firms will be held at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco.

Many OWA members have participated in the project and its events, and we highly recommend attending this symposium. OWA member Rosa Sheng (a Board of Director for AIA San Francisco and Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson) is the Founding Chairperson for The Missing 32% Project Committee to address the issue of Equity in Architecture. Member Eliza Hart was on the first 2012 Panel.

The project's website describes The Missing 32% Project as "a call to action for both women and men to help realize the goal of equitable practice to advance architecture, sustain the profession and communicate the value of design to society."

The Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! 2014 symposium will include sharing of the data gathered in the recent Equity in Architecture Survey and "learning-by-doing", utilizing the studio environment of the San Francisco Art Institute. Panel discussions will focus on 3 major topics: Hiring & Retention, Growth & Development, and Meaning & Influence, followed by break-out sessions. Participants will choose from among several break-out session options.

•We will hear from thought leaders and then use our design thinking skills to generate creative solutions to 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. (from the website)

For registration and more information, visit their website
The Missing 32% Project, which is full of information and inspiring stories, such as the following two recent blog posts: No Longer Missing. Pamela Tang's Return to Architecture and How to Advance Women in Architecture? A Chat with Rosa Sheng at BAR Architects. You can also view early results of their Equity in Architecture Survey.

The Missing 32% Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 12:30-2pm at AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Ste 600.

Symposium registration, limited to 250, is already half full and is expected to sell out, so Register Today. Join us at this important event on October 18.

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