BWAF Statement on Sexual Misconduct


Every person has a fundamental right to respect, dignity and to pursue her or his employment free from sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is an unacceptable abuse of power in business relationships and is often an act of violence. It may be perpetrated by business superiors, colleagues, clients, and other parties with whom a person may interact for business purposes.

For the design industry, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is advocating that all professional ethics codes include a prohibition on sexual misconduct. We ask that state licensing boards mandate ongoing training for all licensees in the area of sexual misconduct. We ask that industry associations refrain from bestowing awards on individuals or firms that harbor individuals who have been found to engage in sexual misconduct.

BWAF believes that all employers should have in place a written policy banning sexual misconduct of any nature whatsoever, a procedure whereby employees can report sexual misconduct without fear of repercussion and a commitment to treat allegations of misconduct seriously with gradations of punishments, up to and including termination, of internal personnel, clients and third-party vendors, suppliers or subcontractors who are found culpable of sexual misconduct. We stand against employment contracts and settlement agreements that prevent victims from disclosing acts of sexual misconduct or limit an employee’s right or remedies in connection with claims of sexual misconduct.

BWAF stands with the victims of sexual misconduct who have had the courage to speak out and encourages those who have not yet spoken to do so, if they choose to and if their circumstances permit them to do so safely and without fear of repercussion.

Related Events:

Re-Balancing the Power: Solutions for Sexual Misconduct in Architecture and Design Culture

When: Monday, April 16, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Where: Hafele America Co, 20 W. 22nd Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010

Robin Pogrebin
Mark Regulinski, AIA
Robert Ottinger, Esq.
Julie Kantor, Ph.D.
Suzanne Pennasilico

How are issues of sexual harassment and misconduct impacting the historically male-dominated worlds of architecture and construction? A panel convened by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation will take place Monday, April 16, 9 – 10:30 AM to discuss the legacies of harassment and sexual abuse in architecture and design culture as well as possible solutions. The blue-ribbon group, moderated by culture reporter Robin Pogrebin of The New York Times, includes a clinical psychologist and a plaintiff attorney along with an architecture firm leader who will discuss recent experiences and challenges as well as offering ideas and even a validated approach forward for both design firms and victims in the professions.

Coffee will be served

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