Equity in Architecture Survey

On behalf of AIA San Francisco and the Equity by Design Committee we are pleased to announce the launch of the second national Equity in Architecture Survey from February 29 thru April 1, 2016. This project builds upon the previous survey conducted in 2014 that generated the incredible support shown at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta for Resolution 15-1. This served as a call to action to realize “equitable practice”, advance the profession, and communicate our value to society at large.

This year, we are conducting the survey by email to Architecture member organizations and alumni networks. You may receive similar invitations to take the survey based on your other professional memberships or alumni affiliations. If you choose to participate, we ask that you only do so once. Each of the participating organizations will have a customized link, so please only use the first one you receive and note that the other letters are all affiliated with the same survey. Thank you for your understanding about the potential for multiple notifications as we seek to reach the broadest group and largest data set within statistical standards. Please do not post the link to social media to preserve data integrity.


The 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey will seek to create a comprehensive national dataset detailing current positions and career experiences of architecture school graduates. The resulting research will focus on differential experiences of women and men as well as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. We expect to provide insights into talent retention in firms by exploring pinch points that influence decisions to leave the profession as well as factors that promote satisfying and sustainable careers in architecture for all architectural professionals.

The survey will remain open for a five-week survey period by email invitation starting February 29 and completed by April 1st. On average, the online survey should take 20-25 minutes to complete. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture will serve as our research partner for the project.

Key research goals/objectives for the 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey include: 1) Compare the current positions and career experiences of female and male architecture school graduates nationwide, including both current architectural professionals and those who no longer practice architecture. 2) Identify career pinch points associated with these experiences, highlighting ways in which women experience these career pinch points differently from their male counterparts. 3) Highlight individual attitudes and behaviors, as well as employer-provided benefits and practices, that contribute to success in navigating these pinch points. Conversely, identify behaviors and practices that correlate with negative outcomes.

For additional information about the survey, please visit http://www.eqxdesign.com

Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you will participate in this important study that will benefit the future advancement of the entire profession.

For questions about survey outreach, please contact: annelise.pitts@gmail.com

For questions about the survey, please contact our research partner: Kendall Nicholson at knicholson@acsa-arch.org

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