1 November 2016

Mani Farhadi Shares Tips for Balancing a Career with Personal Life at AIA San Francisco’s EQxD

Steinberg Senior Associate, Mani A. Farhadi, was part of a select group of thought leaders to speak at the sold-out Equity by Design (EQxD) Symposium last Saturday. The program began several years ago with the goal of drawing awareness to gender inequity in architecture, and later expanded to address equity more broadly. At this year’s “Graphing the Work-Life Equation” session, Mani and her group discussed strategies for achieving balance, flexibility, and integration in their work and personal lives.

Having worked at Steinberg for over 15 years, Mani explained how she balances project deadlines and client meetings with raising children and serving as an elected official in her community. During the interactive workshop, Mani and her group developed an interlocking chart in the style of Charles & Ray Eames’ “House of Cards” to depict common perceptions of work-life integration. In addition, each workshop attendee was invited to write down a specific commitment on a blank card. These individual cards were then constructed into a large interlocking sculpture, a visual representation of future steps and actions.

EQxD, a brand of the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, was founded by Rosa Sheng, AIA, Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The program’s 2016 Equity in Architecture survey contains the latest data on the status of women architects, licensure, pay, satisfaction at work, promotions, leave of absence, and parenting.

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Photos curtesy of EQxD
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