Diversity and Inclusion > AIA Diversity Recognition Program
The AIA Diversity Recognition Program celebrates and invites the contributions of AIA members toward the goal of a more diverse profession. Up to twelve submissions will be selected annually to be recognized as Diversity Best Practices. An award will be presented to each selected recipient, whose diversity efforts will be featured in AIA publications and on the AIA web site.
The 2012 AIA Diversity Recognition Program recipient was AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture. Jurors were most impressed with AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture’s variety of programs and events; its three-pronged focus on education, the community, and the profession; and the relative ease that its initiatives could be duplicated in chapters and firms across the country. “The AIA Diversity Recognition Program showcases how different folks design the processes that meet their needs,” writes 2011 and 2012 juror Clarence Kwan, AIA. “Hopefully, others can learn from these examples and implement their own plans.”
Celi Sims, Assoc. AIA; Jan Blackmon, FAIA; Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA; and Lorena Toffer, AIA; received the Diversity Recognition Program award on behalf of AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture during the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, DC.
We invite you to watch our introductory video about the Program featuring past recipients and their initiatives, including AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture.
This Program celebrates and invites the contributions of AIA members toward the goal of a more diverse profession. Up to twelve submissions will be selected annually to be recognized as Diversity Best Practices. An award will be presented to each selected recipient, whose diversity efforts will be featured in AIA publications and on the AIA web site.
The Diversity Recognition Program seeks to recognize architects for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession of architecture. A diversified profession mirrors the society it serves; celebrates and encourages the contributions of all architects, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious belief, geographic location, or practice; encourages alternatives to traditional practice models; and provides opportunities for a greater variety of individuals to become architects, take advantage of leadership opportunities, and influence our practices and our professional lives.
Call For Submissions: November 30, 2012
Deadline for Submissions: February 6, 2013
Jury Review: February – March 2013
DRP Recipients Selected: March 2013
Announcement of Recipients: April 2013
Celebration of Selections: June 2013 (AIA National Convention)
Criteria for Submissions
This call for submissions is open to all, including members of the AIA and non-AIA members.* Firms submitting for the 2013 AIA Diversity Recognition Program should be able to demonstrate an adherence to the values of diversity and inclusion. Firms incorporate and/or are striving to demonstrate the values of Diversity and Inclusion as demonstrated by:
Underrepresented individuals in principal positions (reflective of area demographics)
Underrepresented individuals in line for succession to principal positions
Recruitment programs for underrepresented individuals
Fair/equitable hiring practices
Support of underrepresented students through scholarships and mentoring
Business relationships with non-majority owned firms e.g., joint ventures, contracting
Policies that support work-life balance
Compensation/pay equity for all employees of similar education and experience
No active litigation for discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, age or religious belief (see AIA Public Policy and Position Statements on Diversity).
*Prior recipients of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program are not eligible to resubmit their AIA-recognized initiatives. Submissions by prior recipients must feature a new initiative not currently recognized as an AIA Diversity Best Practice.
The AIA encourages submissions with a wide variety of support materials – letters/testimonials from program participants, images of projects, etc. All submissions must be sent as a single PDF file. Submissions should consist of knowledge gained from experience and be immediately applicable to a task at hand.
Submission materials must include the following and be presented in this order:
Application (two pages)
If submitted by an individual, a resume not to exceed two pages
If submitted by a firm, a firm profile not to exceed two pages
If submitted by an organization, an organization profile not to exceed two pages
Two one-page letters of support that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons for support (the one page letter may contain an original or electronic signature)
Support Materials (i.e.: historical data, such as number of participants; written feedback from participants; images and literature from programs; marketing materials; costs, etc.), not to exceed 15 pages
Signed waiver/release form (one page)
If two or more individuals collaborate on a submission, the submission must include for each person: an application form (two pages), a resume (not to exceed two pages), and a signed waiver/release form (one page).
**Click here for a submission packet checklist.**
2011 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Recipients
Carol Kurth, FAIA (Bedford, NY) – Fostering Diversity through Teaching, Mentoring and Practice
Dougherty & Dougherty Architects, LLP (Costa Mesa, CA) – Firm-wide Focus on Creating a Diverse Practice
Shepley Bulfinch (Boston, MA) - Forging a Diverse Culture
2010 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Recipients
AIA Kansas City Women in Design Committee: Outreach 2009-2010 – Kansas City, MO
AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable – Seattle, WA
Studio Red Collaborative – Houston, TX
The Boston Architectural College: Implementing an Institutional Commitment to Diversity – Boston, MA
2009 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Recipients
AIA Denver Women in Design – Denver, CO
AIA Kansas City Women in Design Committee – Kansas City, MO
BRR Architecture: Diversity Committee, Support Programs, Leadership Opportunities, and Community Caring Program – Merriam, KS
BSA: Youth Programs – Boston, MA
BSA: Inclusive Networks – Boston, MA
HOK: Diversity Awareness and Inclusion Initiative – Offices Nationwide
KKE Architects: Architectural Youth Program – Minneapolis, MN
Lori A. Brown, AIA: Gendered Landscapes – Syracuse, NY (Honorable Mention)
Mehrnoosh Mojallali, AIA: The Association for Women in Architecture Group Exhibit –
Venice Beach, CA
Oscar L. Harris, FAIA: Mentor in Diversity – Atlanta, GA
PBS&J: Diverse Practice – Offices Nationwide
David Goldstein, AIA: The Santa Barbara County High School Architectural Design Competition – Santa Barbara, CA
We invite you to think of ways that you can help further the goal of a more diverse profession. Read below for project and program ideas from previous submissions to the AIA Diversity Recognition Program.
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2012 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Submissions
2011 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Submissions
2010 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Submissions
2009 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Submissions