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EA027: Investigating the Missing 32% with Architect Rosa Sheng [Podcast]


Architect Rosa ShengArchitecture school graduating classes consist of approximately 50% men and 50% women, but somewhere along the way to licensure, 32% of the women drop out of the profession to pursue other paths. Why does this gender gap exist? What are those women doing, if they’re not pursuing architecture? Where did they go? My guest this week on the Entrepreneur Architect Podcast, is on a mission to find out.

Architect Rosa Sheng is a member of the board of directors at AIA San Francisco and leads a committee called The Missing 32%. Their mission is to investigate what is causing this disparity between men and women architects and to support the women who do decide to pursue their passion for architecture.

Topics Referenced in this Episode
  • Syracuse University
  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects
  • Apple Retail Stores
  • A personal story about Steve Jobs
  • Mills College
  • AIA San Francisco
  • The Missing 32% Committee
  • Denise Scott Brown Pritzker Prize
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (book)
  • Katrina Alcom, Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink (book)
  • Gender Equity
  • National Equal Pay Act
  • The Missing 32% Survey
  • Australia Institute of Architects Equity in Architecture Policy
  • Equity by Design Symposium
  • Tara Imani
  • Neal Pann
  • Enoch Sears
  • Virtual Firms
  • Flexible Hours
  • Telecommuting
  • Small firms leading large firms using virtual collaboration tools
  • Women and confidence
Links from this Episode

The Missing 32%
Julia Morgan: Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Architecture by Tara Imani
The Confidence Gap, Atlantic Magazine


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