Future forward

Moving racial and gender equity decisively from aspiration to action

Last updated: August 7, 2020

Harnessing the passion of our members and the broader design community, AIA is taking steps to advance racial justice and equity in our organization, in our profession, and in our communities. It will do so in the following ways:

  • Dismantle barriers within all AIA systems: governance, honors and awards, internal policies, vendor selection, hiring/retention, and any business practice that intentionally or unintentionally contributes to injustice and exclusion (policies, practices and programs).
  • Expand inclusiveness and diversity within the profession through K-12 and higher education engagements and advocating for effective pathways into the profession. Expand the participation of racially and ethnically diverse populations, women and other underrepresented groups.
  • Conduct training, and enhance education, knowledge dissemination, and increase the number of high-quality new resources for the Board, staff, volunteers and members.
  • Ensure alignment with AIA 2021-2025 strategic plan.

As we finalize details and timelines for our plans moving forward, we will update this page with regular news of our progress. We have no illusions about the scope of the challenge. Fully living up to our highest ideals and values won’t happen overnight, but neither can it wait another day.

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Racial equity resources

These resources represent just a few tools to help bridge the gap – the gap between complacency and knowledge, between knowledge and action, and between action and progress.

We invite you to contact us at feedback@aia.org to suggest additional resources.

National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race

Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture's website for resources on race, including a history on the foundations of race, addressing bias, and community building.

NMAAHC: Talking About Race >

#BlackLivesMatter: What Matters

What Matters combines documentary narrative with interviews to illuminate specific, timely issues, aiming to create safe dialogue to promote freedom, justice, and collective liberation. What Matters is a salve and a safe place where we can connect, learn, think freely, and transform the world.

#BlackLivesMatter: What Matters >

NCARB by the numbers

Explore the ninth edition of NCARB’s annual report, which highlights key insights into data long the path to licensure, diversity in the profession, and more. The 2020 report includes results from a survey on equity, diversity, and inclusion in licensure conducted in partnership with NOMA.

NCARB by the numbers >

Architect Magazine: Increasing Diversity in Architecture

A three-part series on diversity in architecture that highlights the barriers to entry, designer-led solutions to increasing diversity, and improving representation in the building profession.

Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Barriers to Entry >

Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Designer-Led Solutions >

Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Firm Initiatives >

When Architecture and Racial Injustice Intersect (Architectural Digest)

This Architectural Digest article details the work that the National Trust for Historic Preservations' African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is doing to preserve Black history.

When Architecture and Racial Injustice Intersect >

Please note third-party resources are provided for informational purposes and represent the views of the respective organizations.

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