5:30 p.m. Architecture and Design Network Reception
6:00 p.m. Lecture
EQUITY BY DESIGN a lecture by Rosa Sheng
Founder and chairperson of Equity by Design (EQxD) Rosa T. Sheng was struck by gender inequality within the field of architecture where just 18% of women with professional degrees were AIA members, licensed architects or in positions of leadership at architectural firms. Her concern about the missing 32% led to the launch of The Missing 32% Project, an effort that involved gathering information about the status of women in the field. That volunteer endeavor generated a national discussion about gender inequality among design professionals and led to the founding of EQxD.
The stated mission of EQxD is to identify and understand the issues underlying the gender disparity among architects and to work for the “recruitment, retention and promotion of the profession’s best talents at every level of architectural practice." From their beginnings in San Francisco a few years ago, Sheng’s efforts have led to a call to action for all architects, regardless of gender.
As a licensed architect with 21 years of experience, Sheng has worked on a variety of award-winning projects including the design of Apple stores. She is currently involved with innovative projects for the University of California, Davis, and the Dominican University of California at San Raphael. She is a member of the AIA Committee on Diversity.
Architecture and Design Network (ADN) lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact email@example.com. Supporters of ADN include the Arkansas Arts Center, the UA Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, the Central Section of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and friends in the community.
Like other Architecture and Design Network (ADN) lectures, EQUITY BY DESIGN is free and open to the public.
The Architecture and Design Network (ADN), a non-profit organization, is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Center, the Central Arkansas Section of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and friends in the community.