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Closing the Crack: Recruiting, Retaining and Registering Women and Minority Architecture Candidates

Podcast: 2008/7/11 - 22:50

Presenters: Bradford Grant, AIA, NOMA & Daya Bates, AIA.

Interviewer: Michael Crosbie, AIA






Daya Irene Bates holds a Master's degree in architecture from Clemson University and attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Career Discovery Program. Daya also has a Bachelor Of Science in Architectural Studies from Florida A&M University. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at ITT Technical Institute in Lake Mary, Florida. Bates, a custom home designer has worked in the profession for 8 years and became a licensed professional in the fall of 2006. Daya recently started her own Architectural Firm in Orlando, Florida.

Bradford C. Grant, AIA, NOMA, the Director of the School of Architecture and Design at Howard University. Mr. Grant has extensive experience in housing and community design through his research, teaching and architecture practice as principal of the architecture firm AGWA Architects, in Hampton, Virginia.

The number of women and minority students seeking registered professional status upon completion of an architectural education program are substantially low nationwide. The discussion seeks to identify the causes and outline possible solutions to better prepare and equip women and minority students with the tools and resources needed to have a successful academic experience and ultimately a professional career with all rights and privileges associated with being a licensed professional.

The program embodies the core thrust of convention theme. The sex and races of the design professionals performing a majority of the work does not accurately portray the "people we serve" and the "communities we have designed." This is partially because women and minorities are not actively pursuing licensure.

Combating the lack of minority and women architectural candidates begins with grassroots efforts of program implementation within the places that we work and live. The speakers will emphasize the importance of exposure, the need for focused mentorship, and the value of networking and knowledge sharing. The discussion will leave you empowered and equipped with additional knowledge that can be used in recruiting, retaining and registering women and minority architectural candidates.



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