Happy New Year 2018 from Women in Architecture Committee!
As we schedule our events for the year, and join initiatives at National level to be a part of the change for positive experiences for women in architecture, we are proud to announce that members of Women in Architecture Committee have joined the “Girl UNinterrupted” initiative started by Boston based designer duo Juliet Chun & Zhanina Boyadzhieva.
Before we share more about the project, and we lose the reader (that’s you scrolling down on the phone, almost ready to move this email to trash), I request you to spend a few minutes of your day to take this survey which is open for people of all genders employed in the profession of architecture, with 0-10 years experience (emerging professionals). This data will help us make the profession more equitable to women. Data drives change! When you are done taking the survey, please share the survey using the link below with other emerging professionals you think should be taking the survey. It’s anonymous, and the data collected will be presented at AIA ’18. The survey will open on 02/01/2018 – 03/15/2018.
About the survey:
Los Angeles Designers Data 2018 survey targets young professional designers (male + female; 0-10 years of experience) in the field of Architecture & Urban Design in Los Angeles. The goal is to extract and tackle specific issues we face in the profession today. Data is collected anonymously, analyzed professionally with preliminary results presented at AIA 2018 and final results posted on this website. The survey takes 6-10 min and includes four categories of questions: 1) General Info, 2) Negotiation & Self-Confidence, 3) Career Growth, and 4) Work-Life Balance.
Please take a minute to thank the following members of AIA Orange County below for joining the initiative and all their hard work.
Meghana Joshi is an Associate at William Hezmalhalch Architects. Her diverse experience ranges from commercial retail projects to multifamily residential projects. She is enroute NCARB licensure. Meghana is the founder and Chair of the Women in Architecture Committee for AIA Orange County. She is also actively involved in AIA California Council as a Communications Committee member, and a peer reviewer for the AIA Conference. She is a contributing member of the Wikiproject to write women in Wikipedia. Currently Meghana is working on 2017 Sage Award winner Senior Living project called “Crestavilla” in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Christine Obnial is a Technical Designer at Architects Orange and a Part-Time Instructor at Orange Coast College since Fall 2016 teaching a second year studio on Design Visualization. Her class is creating a development process literate design professional with the Urban Plan curriculum. She recently transitioned to motherhood with the birth of her daughter in April 2017 and has been advocating for working mothers while serving on the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative in Orange County / Urban Empire. Christine was the 2017 recipient of the Emergent Leadership Awards in Architecture and Design for the ULI Young Leader Group for her work. She is passionate about elevating women in our industry into more leadership roles.
Eman Bermani AIA, NCARB, LEED AP has over 20 years of experience in architecture and interior design. Her diverse practice includes a variety of public and higher education projects in the United States, Brazil and the Middle East. In addition to professional practice, Eman is committed to education and mentorship through her service with the AIA and the California Architects Board. Drawing on her expertise, she has provided licensure seminars and helped develop the new format of the California Supplemental Exam. In her spare time, Eman enjoys walking, hiking, kayaking and skiing which California offers generously.
Rea Joshi is a Senior at Troy Tech and International Baccalaureate High School, participating in the magnet “Troy Tech” program. She is actively involved in the speech and debate team, and the National Organization of Women’s club at her school. In addition, Rea holds a black belt in four types of martial arts, as well as Level 8 Certificate of Merit in piano. Rea is honored to be a part of the Girl UNinterrupted initiative.