Honors and awards, and College of Fellows programs reviewed 

August 19, 2020

As AIA examines how to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive membership organization, the association must work to identify and eliminate remaining systemic inequities and structural barriers to success in all areas of operation.   

To achieve these goals, the Board of Directors directed staff to develop a plan that will review all Honors  & Awards processes, inclusive of Fellowship, to identify potential implicit and explicit biases. The review will inform the development of counter measures meant to increase the diversity of Honors & Awards nominees and recipients as well as future members of the  College of Fellows. 

The plan was approved by the Board in late August 2020. As a result, certain aspects of Honors & Awards have been delayed as the programs are reviewed. In addition, those awards that were open for submission prior to the Board decision will continue and changes to the submission processes will occur in the next cycle. The juries for the programs currently open will receive additional training related to unconscious bias, the profession’s stated values, and the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence. Finally, outstanding award selections made prior to the Board decision will be communicated duringthe month of September.

Please visit the specific awards page you are interested in for detailed information and timeframes.

We realize this will inconvenience those engaged in the awards program, from nominators and nominees, to juries and recipients. However, ensuring greater diversity in who we honor and recognize is critical to the long-term success of the profession as a leader of positive societal change, who we honor today inspires tomorrow’s innovators and motivates the next generation of leaders. In the years ahead, the credibility of the profession as an agent of positive change will require a diversity of voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds.  

AIA’s overarching objective is to ensure that in the 21st century, the profession of architecture is known as much for equity, diversity, and inclusion as for the ability to help solve society’s most daunting challenges through the power of design.  

We appreciate your patience as we tackle this important task.  Look here for updates and additional information.

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