International Women’s Day 2019

The global theme for this year's International Women's Day, #BalanceforBetter, asks each of us what we can do to forge a more gender-balanced world.

According to data from NCARB, women and men have been graduating with architectural degrees in roughly equal numbers for the last twenty years and yet, as of 2017, only 19% of licensed architects are women. Fewer than 1% of respondents to the 2018 Equity in Architecture survey identified as non-binary.

In principle and in practice, AIA Seattle values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of architecture. 38% of AIA Seattle leadership are women, including Board and Committee Chairs, and our chapter continues to exceed the national average for women Members. AIA Seattle Committees demonstrate strong leadership in championing inclusivity; in addition to presenting the monthly Happy Hour Series in collaboration with Young Architects Forum, Women in Design in the midst of co-presenting a six-part event series on Equitable Practice with Diversity Roundtable, the third of which takes place on March 25.

Check out these events working to advance gender equity in the profession:

Conversations Towards an Equitable Practice: Compensation & Negotiation, presented by WID + DRT. March 25, 5pm – 7pm @ the Center. Full series details here.

March Happy Hour, presented by YAF + WID, Co-hosted by Schreiber Starling Whitehead Architects + The Walsh Group. March 13, 5:30pm – 7:30pm @ Schreiber Starling Whitehead Architects. Full series details here.

Get to know our recent fellows, including Ruth Baleiko FAIA.

Explore the I AM AIA profiles of active AIA Seattle Members, including Emily Hagen AIA and Megan Ingalls AIA.

Check out the exhibit, Because it Rains, by Laura Bartunek Assoc. AIA, recipient of the 2018 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship.

Meet the changemaker, Whitney Young, Jr. Award winner Karen Braitmayer FAIA (via The Evergrey).

For further reading, see:

ArchDaily‘s 12 Award-Winning Women in Architecture From the Past 12 Months

Architizer‘s 19 Women Architects to Watch in 2019

The New York Times7 Women in the Building Business

Archpaper‘s Industry veteran offers advice for women in architecture

Dezeen‘s “Show respect to women in your workforce” says Jeanne Gang

Women’s Day 2019 Events in Seattle and Beyond

Free Art Giveaway. Presented by Amplifier, Girl Rising, & Ashley Lukashevskya. March 7 & 8, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, New York City, Washington DC, & online. Map of free art locations.

International Women’s Day: Pay What You Earn. Presented by Doyle’s Public House. March 8 @ Doyle’s Public House, Tacoma.

Seattle’s International Women’s Day Event. Presented by TUNE House scholars. March 8, 5:45pm – 8:30pm @ TUNE Kitchen, Seattle. Sold out.

International Women’s Day 2019 – Better the Balance, Better the World. Presented by Women Painters of Washington Gallery. March 8, 4pm – 6:30pm @ Columbia Center, Seattle.

RBG Screening: A Conversation & Celebration About Women Trailblazers. Presented by Ellevate. March 12, 6pm – 8pm @ West Monroe Partners, Seattle.

Do you have an event we should list? Tell us about it here.

Learn more about International Women’s Day here.

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