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AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture (LiA) was selected as the recipient of the 2012 AIA Diversity Recognition Program. Their mission is “to serve and support our local communities and strengthen relationships and networks between professionals in the field of Architecture. We will also work to be a positive influence for Latino students aspiring to become Architects, by finding opportunities to volunteer and get involved in community issues, providing guidance and expertise and participating in mentoring programs.”
AIA Dallas LiA has numerous initiatives, including a lecture series featuring Latin Architects, a book drive aptly named “From an Architect’s Bookshelf,” and networking and informational happy hours.
Jurors were most impressed with AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture’s variety of programs and events; its three-pronged focus on education, the community, and the profession; and the relative ease that its initiatives could be duplicated in chapters and firms across the country. “The AIA Diversity Recognition Program showcases how different folks design the processes that meet their needs,” writes 2011 and 2012 juror Clarence Kwan, AIA. “Hopefully, others can learn from these examples and implement their own plans.”
Celi Sims, Assoc. AIA; Jan Blackmon, FAIA; Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA; and Lorena Toffer, AIA; received the Diversity Recognition Program award on behalf of AIA Dallas LiA during the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, DC.
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We invite you to watch our introductory video about the AIA Diversity Recognition Program featuring past recipients and their initiatives, including 2012 recipient AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture.