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2014 AIA Multicultural Summit
The Many Voices of Architecture
September 12-13
New Orleans, LA

Earn up to 4.5 LUs

*Due to low registration, this event has been postponed. Please check back later this fall for updates.*

Don’t miss this dynamic event September 12-13, in vibrant New Orleans. The Summit seeks to promote cultural change within the profession and its leadership through the celebration of successful architects from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The Summit agenda includes engaging panel discussions and breakout sessions, opportunities for networking, and inspirational keynote speakers that will leave you energized and ready to impact change!

Saturday’s closing keynote speaker, Phil Freelon, FAIA, is Founder and President of The Freelon Group, Inc. Mr. Freelon’s firm is a part of the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup team that won the international design competition for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which will be located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Won’t you join us in New Orleans this September?





Theme: The Many Voices of Architecture

Mission Statement: To promote a cultural change within the profession and its leadership through the celebration of successful architects from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Summit Goals:

    • Strengthened communication and interaction between professional practitioners and educators

    • Increased global knowledge in the architecture and design and construction community

    • An enthusiasm for social equity and inclusion within the architecture profession

    • Strengthened cross-cultural understanding and leadership in diversity education and practice



Phil Freelon, FAIA
Founder and President of The Freelon Group, Inc.

In these tumultuous times when societal discord and strife threaten our very existence as a global community, we look to our cultural institutions to guide us to heightened levels of awareness, understanding and mutual respect. Museums and cultural centers can offer those moments of reflection and introspection that encourage tolerance, celebrate diversity and foster collaboration across seemingly divergent cultures.

Institutions such as the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, offer examples of how architecture can play a critical role in bridging the cultural divide.


Working Agenda

Round table and Panel Discussions:
· Cross-cultural Perspectives and Attitudes on Inclusion
· Exploring Inclusive Practices in the Architecture Profession
· Exploring Diversity in Architecture Education
· Inclusive Design Practices


· LGBT Issues: Eugene D. Cizek, FAIA
· The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA): Bryan Lee, Jr. Assoc. AIA
· The Academy: Scott Ruff
· American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers: (AICAE): Jan Deer Tifrae, AIA, AICAE
· Women in Architecture: Jennie Cannon West, Assoc. AIA

Breakout Sessions:
· Dimensions of Diversity
· Community in a Globalizing World
· The Influences of Global Media
· Education in a World of Difference


Advanced Registration Ends Friday, August 29

AIA Members: $119

Students: $29

Non-AIA Members: $159

Friday Only: $99

Don’t miss out! Space is limited. Register Today!

If you experience difficulties with online registration please download a registration form and return via email to or fax to (202) 639-7624. If you have questions, contact 800-242-3837.



Friday, September 12
Tulane University

Saturday, September 13
InterContinental New Orleans Hotel
444 Saint Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70130


A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the InterContinental New Orleans at 444 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Reservations must be received no later than August 15, for the group rate; however, the block may sell out prior to the deadline. You are responsible for making your own reservations. To make your reservation, contact the hotel, (800-593-5447). Mention that you are with the AIA Multicultural Summit to receive the group rate of $149 for single/double plus 14.75% percent state and local taxes. Or you may book your reservation online. There is a fee of $30 for an additional guest. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card when you make your reservation. The group’s cancellation policy requires cancellations be made 24 hours prior to arrival.


The AIA is pleased to offer discounted airline reservations for this conference. To make your reservations, log on to the AIA Web site and click on the Travel Information link or contact the AIA’s official travel agency, Ovation Corporate Travel at (800) 925-4055 or (516) 624-0308 for international callers), Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm Eastern.

Delta Air Lines
is offering up to a 10% discount off eligible published fares to event participants.

How to book on Delta:

To take advantage of these special offers, please follow these simple steps:

    • Book online at the AIA Travel page (without booking fee) and your discount is calculated automatically.

    • Call Delta Meeting Network reservations at 800-328-1111 (Toll-free reservation – No Booking fee), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Refer to File NMGGZ

    • Or, have your travel agent call Delta’s toll-free number to obtain these same advantages for you. The travel agent must refer to NMGGZ

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Arriving into New Orleans early? Join us for a Warehouse District/Downtown Walking Tour, 1:00 – 3:00 on Thursday, September 12. You can sign up when you register for the Summit. Space is limited to the first 20 guests.



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