Equity, diversity, and inclusion

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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.

View our position statement on Equity in Architecture

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.

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