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Pay Equity and Subconscious Bias

  • 1.  Pay Equity and Subconscious Bias

    Posted 03-13-2019 19:12
    I am a newly elevated FAIA member and have enjoyed reading the discussions on the COF site. 

    I have been working with mid-level women architects to provide a base of knowledge around firm leadership, especially becoming shareholders. A fellow woman architect and I have been teaching classes around topics of firm structures, reading/understanding financials, buy-in process, buy-sell agreements and becoming a shareholder. I would love to find other professionals who are actively working eliminating gender and racial pay inequities and subconscious biases in the work place.

    Being new to this platform, I am not sure if I am going about this the right way or if I should just start a discussion thread around these issues?

    Thank you

    Ursula Twombly, FAIA

  • 2.  RE: Pay Equity and Subconscious Bias

    Posted 03-13-2019 21:04
    First, congratulations on your election to the College of Fellows!  Just embrace the out of body experience for now - the real fun will be at Investiture!

    This is a place to start those conversations.  Check out the existing threads, or start your own.  You should also contact Rosa Sheng, FAIA, who leads the EquityXDesign initiative out in California.  In addition, Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, is leading the AIA's efforts on equity and best practices within firms - AIA just published the first three guides, one of which deals with compensation.

    Good luck and welcome!

    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC

  • 3.  RE: Pay Equity and Subconscious Bias

    Posted 03-14-2019 22:24
    May I suggest a resource:  Jeanne Gang's article in Fast Company 7/3/2018 entitled "Architecture's Great Injustice According to Jeanne Gang",

    It's a brief and informative description of what they did in her firm this past review cycle to address inequity within the firm.  She also identifies resources, such as the UK's "Gender pay gap reporting..." assessment tool.


    Jonathan Fischel FAIA
    Shalom Baranes Associates
    Washington DC

  • 4.  RE: Pay Equity and Subconscious Bias

    Posted 03-15-2019 18:00
    Dear Helen, Doug, Edmond and all
    Thanks for all the valuable input. 
    Here is the latest version of the Oath

    March 15, 2019

    Jan Wampler

    Oath for Architects

    On my honor I,                                             , hereby take this oath of commitment to the following principles:

    Maintain the highest ethical and moral standards in my life and in my present or future architectural practice.

    Use my profession for the good of our planet and humanity.

    Practice architecture according to its core aim to provide substantial human shelter and enriched quality of life for all human beings.

    Treat clients, allied professionals inside and outside of my industry, and the general public with respect, honesty, and integrity.

    Respect diverse socioeconomic identities, gender issues and rights and will not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

    Strive to be an enlightened, passionate steward of the built, natural environments, including addressing climate change and practice wise use and conservation of Earth's natural resources.

    Pass on to the next generation our responsibility to do good for the world through universal, sustainable design that meets the needs of all humankind and protects our natural environment.

    By taking this oath, I have accepted my duty toward the betterment of civilization, its structures, its communities, its ecosystems, and our world.

    Jan Wampler, FAIA
    Distinguished Professor, ACSA
    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT
    Jan Wampler Studio  Architecture/Urban Design
    Office 617 253 7904
    Cell     617 763 4908