Equity by Design

Future Vision is a one-day symposium that builds upon past AIA Portland equity events. The goal of Future Vision is to discuss equity, its importance relative to the health of the industry, and to provide exposure to the tools necessary to promote equity within the profession. 

This event has passed. Visit here for details & photos: http://aiaportland.org/futurevision

Thanks to all who joined us for last Friday’s Future Vision event. An enthusiastic group of 85 people met for a full day’s discussion on the value proposition for equity. The response has been very positive from those that attended and we are excited to maintain the momentum this conversation has generated. Resources will be updated soon on this page for everyone’s reference. The ForWARD Committee would like to once again thank all those that volunteered, sponsored and made the time to attend this inspired event!

Equity is for everyone–architects, design collaborators, clients, and our communities. Often confused with equality, equity entails recognizing difference and providing fair and just access to opportunities rather than the same prospects for all.  Equity also speaks to a collective ownership, vested interest and knowledge of the architecture community’s worth. Equitable practice promotes the recruitment and retention of the most diverse talent while building stronger, more successful, and more sustainable design practices. Equity in our profession allows us to better represent the people we are meant to serve. Not prioritizing equity within the profession, from an individual to an organizational level, effectively limits innovation and deprives the bottom line.  


Equity by Design is a call to action for both women and men to realize the goal of equitable practice, advance architecture, sustain the profession and communicate the value of design to society.

Resources discussed at the 2015 Equity by Design symposium:

Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession
by Kathryn H. Anthony

Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want
by Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever

Web Resources:
The Missing 32 Percent Project/Equity by Design

Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture


Resolution 15-1: Equity in Architecture

List of WLS Resources

WLS Conference Video Summary

RIBA – Role Models program

2003 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada: ‘Consultation & Roundtables on Women in Architecture in Canada
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Recommendations include: celebrating women’s achievements, publishing salary grids, improving Institute flexibility to recognize part-time employment and parental leave and expanding the definition of ‘architect’ to those in non-traditional roles.

The Career Progression of Men in Architecture
This Australian Institute of Architects report is a response to Paula Whitman’s Going Places report. Many of the findings regarding men’s attitudes to workplace and promotion are similar to Going Places.

2005 Going Places: The Career Progression of Women in Architecture
The result of a comprehensive survey of women in Australian architecture, by Paula Whitman including a set of recommendations.

2007 Gathering and Reviewing Data on Diversity within the Construction Professions
A report by Ann de Graft-Johnson, Rachel Sara, Fiona Gleed and Nada Brkljac, commissioned by the the Diversity Panel of the UK Construction Industry Council. Includes an extensive bibliography.

2010 Practice and Gender in Architecture: A survey of New Zealand Architecture Graduates 1987–2008
A report by Professor Errol Haarhoff looking at the progression of New Zealand women architecture graduates into practice.