Equity, diversity, and inclusion
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is committed to broadening equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession of architecture through dedicated leadership Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) will create a stronger profession for the future.
What is equity?
Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement of all individuals. To stand for equity is to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of historically underserved and underrepresented individuals and groups. To pursue equity is to ensure that all individuals have the tools and access they need to accomplish their goals.
What is diversity?
Diversity is the quality of difference among individuals, and the celebration of the differences that they represent. It includes visible differences such as age, gender, ethnicity and physical appearance, as well as unseen differences such as thinking styles, religion, nationality, sexual orientation and education.
What is inclusion?
Inclusion means creating a working culture where differences are valued and where everyone has the opportunity to develop skills and talents consistent with AIA values and business objectives. The aim is to make AIA an organization where members and employees feel involved, respected, and connected to each other and the institutional culture as a whole.
We are actively engaged in furthering and supporting multiple initiatives and goals such as the Equity in Architecture Commission, K-12 strategies, Women Leadership and Multicultural Summits that value EDI for people of all backgrounds.
Equity in Architecture Commission
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.
Women's Leadership Summit 2017: Creating Tailwinds
Grand Hyatt Hotel
The Women’s Leadership Summit is ready to support women in leadership in architecture.
Career and the profession
Learn about the scholarships and other support the AIA offers to help students and future architects with tuition and ARE costs.
Career and the profession
Call for entries: AIA Diversity Recognition Program 2017
The AIA Diversity Recognition Program seeks to recognize architects, components, and others for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession of architecture
Recommendations from AIA's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 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.