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Saturday, October 18 • 10:10am - 11:00am
HR 3. What's Flex Got to do with it? Win-Win Strategies for Work/Life Flexibility ALMOST FULL

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Establishing a healthy equilibrium between the pressures of work and life positively impacts business’ bottom lines by: providing access to a wider talent pool; increasing employee satisfaction, engagement and productivity; and reducing costly employee turnover. Meanwhile, the architectural profession, driven by the studio culture of academia, commonly demands long, and often unpredictable, hours spent in the office. In this workshop, we will explore successful strategies for both firm leaders and employees to develop infrastructure that promotes efficiency, balance and performance over the “Culture of Busy”.

Learning Objectives

Learn about the experience of two firms implementing a culture of balance and flexibility; and the win / win for recruiting, retention and the bottom line.

Identify the issues and concerns attendees have regarding the culture of architectural practice.

Learn about the importance of alternative cultures of work and practice management as an adjunct to flex-time in developing work/life balance.

Identify ideas/ questions/ suggestions to take back to attendees firms; or to integrate in attendees professional lives. 

avatar for Jenny Guan AIA, LEED AP

Jenny Guan AIA, LEED AP

Architect, Flad Architects
Jenny is a newly licensed architect since July 2014. An active member of BAYA and AIA SF, Ms. Guan has an interdisciplinary portfolio that spans from furniture fabrication to commercial high rises. She is currently contributing to projects in the academic and science + technology sector as a designer at Flad Architects. An avid urban cyclist, Jenny is often found exploring the built environment and expertly dodging potholes on her trusty three... Read More →

avatar for Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED® AP

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED® AP

Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Carole got her start at Shepley Bulfinch in 1986, working in the mailroom as a co-op architecture student at the Boston Architectural Center. In 2000 she was named a principal and in 2004 she became the 130-year old firm’s first female president. Throughout her career she has sought to transform organizations by challenging them to face issues with clarity, frankness, and commitment. As an architect she has focused on the... Read More →
avatar for Francis Pitts FAIA

Francis Pitts FAIA

Principal, Architecture+
Frank was born and spent an all too brief childhood near the Atlantic Ocean in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In what he hopes is mid-passage, he finds himself splitting his time between offices on the far-western coast of New England in Troy, New York and on the exotic island of Martha’s Vineyard. While his wife and daughters wonder how it is possible, given the obvious need to repaint the house and replace a few windows, he buys... Read More →

Saturday October 18, 2014 10:10am - 11:00am
Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street