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Developing the Pipeline
By Sherry Snipes
Director, AIA Diversity & Inclusion
Why is the pipeline continuum important?
The world around us is diverse, the market place is diverse . . . however, compared to the marketplace and U.S. population; demographics of the profession are not comparable. The compelling case for pipeline development starts with current figures for the profession generated from March 2009 analysis of AIA membership.
When these figures are compared to the demographics of the U.S. population (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html one begins to see the reasons for continued and dedicated focus on pipeline development. To be more specific development of a diverse pipeline.
When we add diversity of career opportunities for graduates into the equation (e.g. career tracks in education, graphic design, construction and other design careers), the sum total is a potential shortage of talent.
Hence it requires the efforts of the village of this profession to engage youth at an early age, ensure they develop core skills to get accepted into architecture programs and become practicing architects. Many firms and AIA Components and education institutions have phenomenal existing programs that provide mentors, scholarship opportunities, summer camps, after school program, competitions and other technical programs. Our opportunity is to create a rolodex of these programs to:
1. Determine the programs that are working (measurable)
2. Scale the programs that are effective
3. Communicate successful programs to others and make them scalable and available for others entity’s to implement.
If you have a program that you would like featured on this site, please email your link and/content to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Pipeline Development Resources
KKE Architects: Architectural Youth Program – Minneapolis, MN
Citizen Schools Mentorship
The Teaching of Student Builders
Architecture and Design High Schools
The John Hay High School of Architecture and Design
Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School