Friday, February 3, 2017

Rosa Sheng, AIA 

Senior Associate  
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Founding Chairperson, Equity by Design
Keynote Speaker - NOMAS Symposium - Friday, February 3, 2017
Lecture Title: "Why Equity Matters for Everyone: A New Value Proposition for Design"
Reception: 5:00 p.m., Edward F. Blicharski Atrium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Lecture: 5:30 p.m., Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA is a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Chairperson for Equity by Design, an AIA San Francisco committee. As a licensed architect with 22 years experience in Architecture and design, Rosa has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects, from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is currently working on innovative and sustainable projects for a diverse set of high profile clients.

Most notably, as the Founding Chair of the AIASF Committee: Equity by Design, Rosa lead the 2014 and 2016 Equity in Architecture Surveys that have catalized a national movement for achieving equitable practice in Architecture. Since the group launched its key findings, Rosa has presented in Boston, New York, Lisbon, Atlanta, Seattle and Philadelphia with other cities planned for 2017. The Equity in Architecture movement has inspired many and created new connections around the world. The group’s outreach for equity in architecture has received national press including Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

Rosa has served as Treasurer on AIA San Francisco’s Board of Directors and is  President-Elect for 2018. She is also a member of the AIA National Diversity & Inclusion Council, the 2016 AIA Equity in Architecture Commission, as well as a member of SCUP and USGBC.

About the Equity by Design:

Fueled by the persistent and striking gender inequity within architectural practice, where women compose only 12–18 percent of AIA members, licensed architects, and senior firm leadership, Equity by Design, a committee of AIASF, was developed as a call to action for both women and men to help realize the goal of equitable practice to retain talent, advance the profession and communicate the value of design to society. The 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey with nearly 2300 respondents has sparked much needed dialogue that has resulted in a sold-out 250 person symposium, wide spread media coverage and requests for EQxD presentations nationally and beyond.