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AIA Diversity Recognition Program

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.

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.

All 2014 submissions will be available for viewing at the AIA’s Diversity and Inclusion web page in early fall:

Read the full press release.


Inaugural Grant Program

2014 Diversity Recognition Program honorees will receive up to $500 to support the initiative highlighted in their submissions.




The Goal


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.

Mission Statement

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.

2014 Jurors

Thank you to our 2014 Diversity Recognition Program Jurors!

Brent Castro, Assoc. AIA
Past Vice President, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

Brenda Devrouax
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)

Beth Tauke
Associate Dean, School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo

2014 Timeline


Call For Submissions: October 11, 2013

Deadline for Submissions: December 11, 2013

Jury Review: December – January 2014

DRP Recipients Selected: January 2014

Announcement of Recipients: January 2014

Celebration of Selections: March 19-21, 2014 (AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference)

Exhibit of Selections: June 26-28, 2014 (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 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.

Submission Requirements

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 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 11, 2013.

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.**

Honoree Requirements

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 as a resource for others interested in hosting a similar program in their areas.

2013 Recipients

The 2013 DRP Jury selected 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.

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.

Previous Recipients

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

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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2012 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Submissions

2011 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Submissions

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2009 AIA Diversity Recognition Program Submissions


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