Equity, diversity, and inclusion

We are committed to broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion to create a stronger profession


We are actively engaged in furthering and supporting multiple initiatives and goals such as the Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee (EQFA), K-12 strategies, Women Leadership and Multicultural Summits that value EDI for people of all backgrounds.

Social impact

Who does design include, benefit, or harm?

The AIA Design Justice Summit brought together advocates from around the US to identify solutions for injustices that manifest in the built environment.

Firm management

How to combat harassment in the architecture profession

Human resources expert Shirley Davis spoke at A'18 about how architects can foster inclusive workplaces where employees can thrive personally and professionally.

Commemorating 50 years

Honoring 50 years of Whitney M. Young Jr's 1968 AIA Convention speech


50 Years After Whitney Young Jr.

Octagon museum


Whitney Young, 50 years later

Press Release

AIA and the University of Minnesota partner to develop “Guides for Equitable Practice”

Recommendation from the AIA Equity in Architecture Commission report.

Mar 27, 2018

Career and the profession

Diversity and inclusion statement

Architects must encourage and celebrate the contributions of those who bring diverse experiences, views, and needs into the design process.

Career and the profession

Diversity Recognition Program

The AIA Diversity Recognition Program seeks to recognize architects, components, and others for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession of architecture

Press Release

Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation & Architects Foundation announce 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients

Paint company’s foundation gives $50,000 in scholarships to two aspiring architects

May 8, 2018

Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation & Architects Foundation Announce 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Recipients

Career and the profession

Introducing architecture into the K-12 curriculum

Find out how AIA is working to bring architecture to students of all demographics and income groups, including new research into K-12 education programs across the country.


Recommendations from AIA's Equity in Architecture Commission

A blue-ribbon panel of architects, educators, and diversity experts came together to strengthen the commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at AIA and in every practice.

Career and the profession


Learn about the scholarships and other support the AIA offers to help students and future architects with tuition and ARE costs.


Examining the state of diversity

A new report reveals the state of diversity within architecture, with special attention to gender and race, challenges to career advancement, and job satisfaction levels.

Featured Member

Natasha Espada, AIA

As a mentor and leader in Massachusetts, Natasha Espada is committed to helping emerging professionals carve their own paths.

Featured Member

Nico Larco, AIA

Autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, and the sharing economy; Nico Larco believes it's time for architects to determine how these emerging technologies will impact the built environment.

Featured Member

Sandra Madison, AIA

As the CEO and chairperson of a Cleveland firm started by her uncle-in-law, and with a daughter pursuing licensure in New York City, Sandra Madison is part of an architectural legacy.

Featured Member

Michael Ka’ainoni, AIA

As a Native Hawaiian and mentor, Michael Ka’ainoni encourages diverse experiences and knowledge gathering to expand architects' ideas about what design can be.

Featured Member

Tammy Eagle Bull, FAIA

As both president of her own firm and a Native American architect, Tammy Eagle Bull has a unique perspective on designing for the needs of oft-ignored Native tribes.

Featured Member

Rebeca Carrerá, AIA

A recently licensed architect who wants to bring interactive architecture to Puerto Rico, Rebeca Carrerá didn't let six failed exams in a row get in the way of her dreams.

Image credits