Career and the profession

An Investigation into Bias in the Architecture Profession

In partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Center for WorkLife Law examined how bias plays out in the architecture profession, how it affects workplace processes such as hiring and performance evaluations, and how it affects outcome measures such as intent to stay with one’s employer.

Press Release

Lakisha Woods selected AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer

Woods will serve as the 15th EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects.

Nov 19, 2021

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors has selected Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as the next AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 31, 2022.

Remembering Richard Rogers, Hon. FAIA: A legacy of innovation

Richard Rogers, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and AIA Gold Medalist has died at the age of 88, leaving behind a legacy of innovation, generosity, and collegiality. Architect of the Lloyd’s of London headquarters building, London’s Millennium Dome, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, the Welsh Parliament Building in Cardiff, Barajas Airport Terminal 4 in Madrid, and Maggie’s Centre in the London borough of Hammersmith, among other award-winning projects, Rogers produced work of nearly every sort, from private homes to public cultural centers, from festival buildings to mixed-use highrises.

2022 Architecture Firm Award

MASS Design Group

Since its founding in 2008, MASS Design Group has worked tirelessly to ignite systemic change in the built environment through its mission-driven process. As a nonprofit interdisciplinary collective comprising more than 200 architects, engineers, researchers, and even filmmakers, MASS has provided design services worth millions of dollars for projects around the world. Always committed to ensuring its architecture addresses the world’s most pressing social issues, MASS continually demonstrates that a healthy built environment is crucial for supporting communities as they confront history, heal, and explore new possibilities for the future.

2022 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

RIDING THE VORTEX

For more than a decade, RIDING THE VORTEX (VORTEX), a collaboration of African-American women representing the entire spectrum of practice, had endeavored to increase the number of people of color licensed to practice architecture in the U.S. Following its 2007 launch at the AIA Conference on Architecture in San Antonio, VORTEX has directly responded to Whitney M. Young Jr.’s observations on the disheartening history of American architecture. Even today, through the first quarter of the 21st century, entry, success, and progress in the profession remain dominated by white men, something VORTEX works tirelessly to change.

Press Release

Dan Hart, FAIA, inaugurated AIA 2022 President

Dec 13, 2021

After more than three decades as a practicing architect and engineer, Hart is a principal and executive vice president of architecture at Parkhill—a 450-person architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Texas—and serves on the firm’s board of directors. He has experience designing religious and educational buildings and has master-planned a variety of campuses.

2022 Gold Medal

Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA

Partners in life and design, Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, have forged a pioneering brand of architecture that profoundly enriches the human experience and reveals the extraordinary in what is widely considered ordinary. Across three decades, the excellence of their work has been celebrated internationally, recognized for its unparalleled intersection of collaboration, community, research, and reflection. Moreover, their projects demonstrate a keen understanding of beauty, craft, and the raw power of architecture, standing among the very best of the profession.

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