AIA releases justice supplement to Guides for Equitable Practice

Guides provide an educational resource to architects and firms on addressing inequity in the built environment and in society.

WASHINGTON – May 5, 2022 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA), in partnership with the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota, has published a new supplementary edition of the Guides for Equitable Practice, titled “Justice in the Built Environment.”

"This new resource is designed to empower architects to use their problem-solving skills to create welcoming spaces for all,” said EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods. “It also provides perspectives and insights on how architects, in all types of workplaces, can help advance equity in their place of employment, projects, and in society.”

The latest edition serves as a guide to architects and design professionals interested in doing more to advance justice in the context of their design work. It also provides perspective to architects curious about whether there is anything an individual practitioner or firm can do to help advance equity in the built environment and in society.

“There was increasing demand for how one explains the value of equitable practices to others, especially clients,” said Renée Cheng, FAIA, the project lead on the supplement’s research and writing team. “This guide is about understanding that larger context that is not necessarily architectural practice-specific, but more about how design is perceived by others.” Noted in the supplement, there are at least five different ways to make the case for justice in the built environment: moral, ethical, business, societal, and professional. The supplement outlines each area and encourages readers to think through which one might be most relevant for their project or portfolio of projects.

AIA has a long-term commitment to ensuring the profession of architecture is as diverse as the nation we serve. Building on its body of work and resources,  AIA partnered with the University of California Hastings College of the Law to publish a study last year that sheds light on the impacts of bias in the workplace. The report also offers resources and strategies that can help move the needle on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the architecture profession.  

Visit AIA’s website to download “Justice in the Built Environment,” a supplement to AIA’s Guides for Equitable Practice. AIA, in collaboration with ACSA, will publish an additional supplemental edition to the Guides for Equitable Practice later this year that will address inequities in architecture academia.

About 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.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


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