In the U.S., women make up 42 percent of architecture graduates, but only 28 percent of staff members in architecture firms and 18 percent of licensed architects, according to AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design committee. And, on average, those women architects make $14,877 less—or 80 cents on the dollar—than their male colleagues, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

As new generations of designers enter the historically male-dominated profession, will the dynamics in the office, on the jobsite, and within the industry begin to change to offer a more equitable work environment?

We were joined by representatives from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Equity by Design, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Autodesk, and more. Below, you'll find reference material on the topic and a recap of today's chat. Join us at 3 p.m. EDT each Tuesday using the hashtag #ArchitectChats to discuss a new topic. You can read last week's chat on the use of drones in architecture here

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