Architects announce Diversity Recognition Program honorees

Washington – May 1, 2018 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is announcing the 2018 honorees of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program, which recognizes architects and organizations actively committed to making the architecture profession a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable profession.

This year’s honorees are the Iowa Women in Architecture and the Architecture, Construction, Engineering Mentor Program (ACE).  

Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program (ACE)—a workforce development program—of Rockville, Maryland was created by the design and construction industry to stimulate high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction and engineering. Over the last six years, two-thirds of ACE students have pursued architecture, engineering or construction majors in college or entered skilled trades programs.

The Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia) is a nonprofit corporation in Des Moines that examines issues connected to women in architecture and related professions. Its multi-year “Best Practices” project serves as a resource for women at all stages of their careers. Priorities embedded in the group’s philosophy include educating communities, empowering individuals and advancing women in design. Both honorees will be recognized in June at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City.

Honorees were selected this year by jurors Steven Spurlock, FAIA, Linsey Graff, Assoc. AIA, and Jonathan Penndorf, FAIA. This marks the tenth year of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program. Complete details of the program are available online.

About The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business. In addition, the Institute engages civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world.


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