Program Lauds Efforts to Create a More Diverse and Inclusive Profession
Contact: Matt Tinder
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Washington, D.C. – January 27, 2010 –The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced that it has selected 4 honorees as part of its Diversity Recognition Program. Now in its second year, the Diversity Recognition program recognizes architects working in firms, schools, and other areas, as well as component chapters that are actively committed to increasing diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.
“The DRP is about finding those grassroots efforts within our own ranks and using the AIA's structure to promote them,” wrote juror and 2010 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award recipient Benjamin Vargas, FAIA. “This is also an enormous resource to our other members who might be at a loss on how to start their own efforts. This program promotes faith in the AIA and in our members on the matter of social responsibility."
Honorees for the 2010 AIA Diversity Recognition Program are:
- AIA Kansas City Women in Design Committee: Outreach 2009-2010 – Kansas City, MO
- AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable – Seattle
- Studio Red Collaborative – Houston
- The Boston Architectural College: Implementing an Institutional Commitment to Diversity – Boston
Submissions by this year’s award recipients will be exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami, and are available for viewing at the AIA’s Diversity and Inclusion web page: www.aia.org/diversity.
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