By: Heather Crespy
CO Architects recently served as a Bronze Sponsor for the Equity By Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices Symposium on October 29, hosted by AIA San Francisco. I was the interested and lucky recipient of a ticket to this amazing, thought-provoking, and inspiring event.
The symposium started on Friday night with an opening cocktail hour and networking event. Saturday was a day full of break-out sessions and panel discussions centered around equity in architecture. Topics ranged from “Being a Change Agent” to “Equity in Practice” and “Hackathon: Mentorship Re-designed.”
As a young professional woman in the field of architecture, it was interesting to see the metrics behind the industry’s “glass ceiling,” which is still alive and well. I learned through shared personal experiences and panel discussions from people of different backgrounds, genders, and industries that we all have a responsibility to participate in equity in life, and in architecture in particular. Equality does not equal equity, and there is much more we could be doing to provide equitable work environments.
Personally speaking, I think it’s a great testament to CO that it not only sends members of its staff to participate, but also sponsors events such as this. For more information about the symposium (and results of the 2016 survey), visit: Equity by Design