The Girl UNinterrupted Project bridges the gap between young designers and leaders in architecture, targeting both groups. This workshop is a reflection of Girl UNinterrupted’s research on design equity in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. It will highlight gaps in the design profession when it comes to young designers and negotiation, career growth, and work-life balance as well as resolutions on what can be done to minimize that gap. The research will be presented alongside a panel discussion with women in the architectural community from a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and roles. The workshop will pair quantitative and qualitative findings from surveys and interviews with a real time conversation with panelists on issues today, challenges they may have faced, and how we can work together to create more equitable environments.
Identify current key issues in the architecture practice at large revolving around transparency, office culture, motivation, work-life balance and firm policies.
Identify local, national and international resources and organizations that lead research and offer guidelines for equitable practices.
Discuss strategies that young designers can apply to jump starting their careers and acquire knowledge about how practices operate in order to find a better fit.
Reflect on office practices and apply new strategies to build an equitable office culture in order for employees to reach their full potential.