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. Therefore, any current and future reporting of AIA members should not be construed as a census of the entire profession. Additionally, reporting demographic information to AIA is not a prerequisite for membership and is strictly voluntary, and some members choose not to disclose their race and/or ethnicity, gender identity and expression, or age. In some cases, nonreporting makes it challenging to fully determine AIA’s member demographics.
AIA member race and/or ethnicity
AIA is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging within the profession. In an effort to track demographic changes in the profession, members are encouraged to update their member profiles and voluntarily self-report their demographic data which impacts our ability to show trends. In 2019, 17.4% of AIA members did not report a race and/or ethnicity. There are data points that do reveal trends.
The underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups are American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and two or more races. Like gender, we are updating our demographic categories for race/ethnicity to give members an accurate means of reporting.
16% of AIA members across all member categories identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic group while just under 67% were White.
Within the Associate membership category, a greater number of members identify as underrepresented races and ethnicities than in the membership as a whole, growing 10.9 points since 2012.