The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion recently announced that it has selected the AIA Miami Architects in the Making (AIM) Program and the Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program (Summer CAMP) as the 2014 honorees of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program. Now in its sixth year, the Diversity Recognition program recognizes architects, component chapters, educational institutions, and organizations that are actively committed to increasing diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.
This Program celebrates and invites the contributions of architects, AIA chapters, and others 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.
Thank you to our 2014 Diversity Recognition Program Jurors!
Tamarah Begay, AIA
Past Member, AIA Diversity Council
Brent Castro, Assoc. AIA
Past Vice President, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Founder, The Paul S. Devrouax, Jr. Memorial Lecture (PSDML)
George T. Manos, AIA
Founder and Trustee, The Charter High School for Architecture and Design of Philadelphia (CHAD)
Associate Dean, School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo
Criteria for Submissions
This call for submissions is open to all, including members of the AIA and non-AIA members.* Firms submitting for the 2014 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.
Submissions should be sent as a single PDF file not exceeding 7 MB to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.: budget; historical data, such as number of participants; written feedback from participants; images and literature from programs; marketing materials; etc.), not to exceed 15 pages. Jurors are especially looking for budget and statistics about your program.
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.**
Selected honorees should be prepared to travel to Washington, DC, to receive their awards during the 2014 AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, March 19-21.
Honorees will also be required to develop a toolkit outlining key details of their program (budget, staffing, activities, etc) by March 5, 2014. This toolkit will be posted to www.aia.org as a resource for others interested in hosting a similar program in their areas.
The Architects in the Making (AIM) Summer Camp was established to give inner city children a basic understanding of architecture and construction, giving them the opportunity to learn and appreciate their city’s built environment.
Summer CAMP (Cincinnati’s Architectural Mentoring Program), offers a one-week architecture exposure program to 8th and 9th graders from the Cincinnati metro area and beyond. The $75 tuition for this valuable day-camp experience makes it affordable for low income families.
2013 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Recipients
Buffalo/WNY Architecture + Education Program – Buffalo, NY
NOMA Louisiana’s Project Pipeline – New Orleans, LA
2012 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Recipient
AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture
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
Get Ideas from Previous Submissions
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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