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Catalyst Lecture Series - Rosa T. Sheng

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Catalyst online lecture series featuring guest speaker Rosa T. Sheng


Equity By Design [EQxD]

Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA

Rosa Sheng is a Principal at SmithGroup, Studio Leader of Higher Education and Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion. She was AIA San Francisco President in 2018 and Founding Chair of Equity by Design.

As a licensed architect with 24 years of 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 projects for Institutions of higher learning such as the LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Rosa’s thought leadership and activism have been recognized for catalyzing a national movement for equitable practice in Architecture marked by three pivotal surveys and public speaking outreach both nationally and abroad including TEDxPhiladelphia, Cannes Lions Festival, Harvard, Stanford, and KQED/NPR. In 2019 she has celebrated as a Metropolis Game Changer for her the movement within Architecture that started with Equity by Design.

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