Tackling Mental Health in Architectural Practice


To achieve a state of positive mental and physical wellbeing, the architecture industry must evaluate its culture of work, which historically has demanded creative perfectionism, employs tough critical reviews, and requires long hours. In a 2021 study of the architecture industry by Monograph, 96.9% of the respondents indicated that they experience burnout. Working overtime, inefficient processes, inflexible work options, and lack of support are just some of the reasons outlined for causes of burnout. To add, women have added challenges outside of work that were only exacerbated by the pandemic and resulted in heightened levels of stress and exhaustion. Join us in a discussion with our panelists who will outline ways that employees can achieve greater rejuvenation and satisfaction with work, and how employers can implement more supportive systems.

Learning objectives

  • Describe how to achieve career satisfaction by prioritizing selfcare, mental health, and wellbeing.
  • Understand how marginalized people, especially BIPOC and women, are at higher risk for mental health challenges and how to support them in the workplace.
  • Evaluate work conditions in firm practice and how to advocate for better work life balance models.
  • Describe how to tackle burnout and its various dimensions, such as, exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy.

Hosted by the AIA Women's Leadership Summit. Recorded live on June 15, 2022.

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