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The American Institute of Architects Celebrates Efforts to Create a More Diverse and Inclusive Profession

      Contact: Matt Tinder

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – April 25, 2013 –
      The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Office of Diversity Excellence recently announced that it has selected the Buffalo/WNY Architecture + Education Program and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Louisiana’s Project Pipeline as the 2013 honorees of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program. Now in its fifth year, the Diversity Recognition program recognizes architects, local AIA components, educational institutions, and organizations that are actively committed to increasing diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.

      The Buffalo/WNY Architecture + Education Program was founded to increase awareness and appreciation of the built environment and local communities, and to use architecture as a multidisciplinary form of active learning. The program brings local architects and teachers together to teach standard New York State curriculum through architectural principles. The program is offered to inner-city children in the Buffalo Public School System.

      NOMA Louisiana’s Project Pipeline program was designed in the spirit of providing continued mentorship throughout the growth of an aspiring architect’s career. Project Pipeline encourages individuals from high school students to firm principals to participate in its tiered program as both mentors and mentees. At the high school level, Project Pipeline has two phases: a summer Architecture and Design Camp for New Orleans high school students and an intensive workshop series held during the school year.

      This year’s jurors included Brent Castro, Assoc. AIA, Vice President, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS); Georgiana Haynes, Assoc. AIA, Co-coordinator, StudioENYA; Bob Ingram, President, Sphinx Communications; Ron Kessler, AIA, Vice President, Architecture & Interiors and Director Design, McKissack & McKissack; and Kathryn T. Prigmore, FAIA, Vice President, HDR Architecture, Inc.

      Jurors were most impressed with how the Buffalo/WNY Architecture + Education Program aligns with the NY State curriculum, reaching students in the classroom and teaching them math, science, history, art, and technology using architecture; and that NOMA Louisiana’s Project Pipeline not only includes an Architecture and Design Camp for high school students, but also encourages tiered mentorship across all levels, offers sessions on resume and portfolio tips, and hosts a public lecture series.

      The honorees will be celebrated during the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exhibition in June, in Denver. They will be presented with awards at EV407 Honoring Multicultural Fellows and Diversity Award Honorees: Diversity Council Closing Reception and After-Party on Saturday, June 22, and their submissions will be exhibited in the convention center. All 2013 submissions will be available for viewing at the AIA’s Diversity and Inclusion web page in May: We invite you to watch our introductory video about the Program featuring past recipients and their initiatives.

      About The American Institute of Architects
      Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit


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