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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Moving justice and equity decisively from aspiration to action.

The American Institute of Architects, as part of the global community, is building a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession of architecture to create a better environment for all. Achieving this vision has a direct impact on the relevance of our profession and the world's prosperity, health, and future.

Equity resources

Use these resources to supplement your own professional EDI development.

Social impact

Justice in the Built Environment

This supplementary edition is intended to help designers convey the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of making justice a deliberate aim of the building process.

How To

Guides for Equitable Practice

The Guides for Equitable Practice are a vital part of AIA’s long-term commitment to lead efforts that ensure the profession of architecture is as diverse as the nation we serve.

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.


Harassment Prevention Resources

This page offers resources to members to identify and respond to harassment in the workplace.

Blueprint for Better

Learn more about how we’re getting the word out about the powerful social impact of architects and how you can become involved

How To

Framework for Design Excellence

A resource, accessible to all architects, that closes the information gap to designing high performing, equitable, beautiful buildings


Examining the state of diversity

A new report reveals the state of diversity within architecture, with special attention to gender and race, challenges to career advancement, and job satisfaction levels.


Recommendations from AIA's Equity in Architecture Commission

A blue-ribbon panel of architects, educators, and diversity experts came together to strengthen the commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at AIA and in every practice.

Membership demographics

The following report aggregates key demographic trends regarding The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) membership, board of directors, strategic council, and national staff. Please note that while AIA’s membership is an extensive community of more than 95,000 architectural professionals, participation in AIA is not mandatory to practice, and not all AIA members are licensed in the United States.

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