The Equity Resources are envisioned as a curated collection of reports, case studies, books, and other media articles which contribute to the thought leadership and discussion of equitable practice as a means to achieve the multiple facets of diversity and inclusion. If you would like to submit a resource, please review the current content and let us know what is missing.
Barbara Annis & Keith Merron
Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line.
World-renowned experts on gender intelligence Barbara Annis and Keith Merron suggest it’s time to move beyond arguments based on politics and fairness, building an economic business case for gender diversity in the workplace.
Despite forty years of laws, quotas, diversity training, and legal expenses aimed toward equalizing pay, opportunities, and working conditions between the sexes, the glass ceiling remains firmly intact. For too long, companies have played the “numbers game”—attempting to tackle gender imbalance by forcing affirmative action policies and numeric standards on organizations to increase the representation of women in management. Yet, these efforts have rarely been sustained.
The disparity between male and female representation within the profession and limited leadership opportunities have been well documented and are a growing concern. The following is the final report from the Equity in Architecture Survey. While this is a broad overview "road map" of the analysis, there is much left to interpretation and further analysis. Nevertheless, we foresee this body of work as a means to start the conversation about Equity in Architecture. There will inevitably be more questions than answers as you begin to understand the findings and we encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, firms, alumni networks, and AIA Chapters.
April Edition of AIA YAF Connections focused on topics related to the Equity in Architecture 2014 Survey Findings, Equity Champions, Building the Business Case for Equity in Architecture, Negotiation, Work life Flex, Finding the Right Fit and much more.
Launched by the International Living Future Institute’s, JUST harnesses the power of transparency and gain traction in market forces to create social change.
The goals of the JUST program are simple yet profound:
1. to elevate the discussion around social justice in all organizations,
2. to create a common language for social justice issues,
3. to elevate the causes of those individuals who lead these issues,
4. to change the policies and practices of thousands of organizations worldwide,
5. to make life better for people from all walks of life.
In order to accomplish these goals, the Institute calls for all organizations, whether part of the building industry or not, to accept social responsibility and to become truly transformative and transparent by publicly declaring and showcasing their social justice and equity policies and practices. JUST is, quite simply, a call to social justice action.
Industry data show that, while improving, women and people of color are underrepresented in the field of architecture. In 2015, industry membership organizations worked together to create a study examining what architects believe is causing this underrepresentation, how significant they feel it is, and offering suggestions of what could be done to address it. The result was the study, Diversity in the Profession of Architecture.
Goals and Objectives
The Diversity in the Profession of Architecture survey examines the impact of basic demographics such as race, ethnicity, and gender on success in the field. The survey focus is to investigate the careers of diverse architects beginning in college, how firm culture affects their career objectives, and what type of practices minority architects are working in.
As suggested in the 2005 AIA Diversity Survey, the 2015 survey includes collaboration with collateral organizations to help create a more dynamic picture of both the path and practice of architecture. The main collateral organizations are the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs, and the American Institute of Architecture Students.
Author: Despina Stratigakos
For a century and a half, women have been proving their passion and talent for building and, in recent decades, their enrollment in architecture schools has soared. Yet the number of women working as architects remains stubbornly low, and the higher one looks in the profession, the scarcer women become. Law and medicine, two equally demanding and traditionally male professions, have been much more successful in retaining and integrating women. So why do women still struggle to keep a toehold in architecture? Where Are the Women Architects? tells the story of women's stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explores how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change.
Despina Stratigakos's provocative examination of the past, current, and potential future roles of women in the profession begins with the backstory, revealing how the field has dodged the question of women's absence since the nineteenth century. It then turns to the status of women in architecture today, and the serious, entrenched hurdles they face. But the story isn't without hope, and the book documents the rise of new advocates who are challenging the profession's boys' club, from its male-dominated elite prizes to the erasure of women architects from Wikipedia. These advocates include Stratigakos herself and here she also tells the story of her involvement in the controversial creation of Architect Barbie.
Accessible, frank, and lively, Where Are the Women Architects? will be a revelation for readers far beyond the world of architecture.