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SHE TALKS: Gender, Equity & The Future of Design

  • East Side Collective 2400 E Cesar Chavez St #302 Austin, TX 78702 (map)

Who designs the world? Girls.

On Wednesday, May 3 at East Side Collective, in partnership with AIA Austin and SheSuite, #bossbabesATX will host SHE TALKS: Gender, Equity and The Future of Design. Enjoy refreshments, discuss equity in design and view select works from architects in town. (Would you like to submit a piece for display? More on that here.)

Female-identifying people make up only 32% of working professionals in architecture (and that number is even less in other design-related industries). We'll explore this stat and others from 6 to 9 PM during the event's industry- and community-focused panels, each centering on inclusion, representation and the importance of equity in architecture, planning and environmental design.

Featured panelists for the evening include: 

Elizabeth Baird

Donna Carter

Maggie McIntosh

Jeanne Schultz

Ann Armstrong

Martha Gonzalez

Nicole Joslin

Julie Yost

Recommended Reading (get your prep in!):

I Am Not the Decorator, Female Architect Speaks Out via The New York Times

Why Is the World of Architecture So Male-Dominated? via the LA Times

From A to Zaha: 26 Women Who Changed Architecture

Confronting Urban Design’s Diversity Crisis With a Return to Black Places via NextCity

Results of the 2016 Women in Architecture Survey revealed


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*This event's proceeds cover production costs associated with the event. If this cost is inhibitive for you, please email thebabes@bossbabes.org—we've got you.

About #bossbabesATX: #bossbabesATX is a nonprofit event series and collective based in Austin, Texas. Activism- and arts-centered, we host meet-ups, seminars, markets, festivals and other pop-up events for self-identifying women in creative industry.

**This event is part of our SHE TALKS series, a year-long discussion-based program on gender equity, intersectional feminism and professional growth.

***We gear our programming toward self-identifying women, and it's important to note our events are not gender-discriminant. All are welcome to attend.

About AIA AustinAIA Austin is the voice for Austin's architecture community. They advocate for their members, the profession, career development and design excellence. They influence public opinion and policies that shape our built and natural environment. The Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Austin serves the professional needs of more than 1,000 architect and associate members.

About SheSuite: SheSuite is a curated group of female leaders who mentor and nurture each other professionally and personally for the betterment of their community. They center their efforts around one vision: To live in a world where women are valued based on their talents, contribution and character rather than their gender.

About East Side Collective: East Side Collective is a coworking studio space in Austin, TX shared by designers, builders, developers, engineers, and artists. Located in a former Pepsi bottling warehouse, cofounders Jared Haas, Tim Derrington, and Javier Martin converted 1500 sf of space into curated offices for their small businesses and other like-minded creative professionals. Together, these entities help lead Austin into thoughtful, innovative design while offering an authentic piece of Austin's creative culture.