The AIA Establishes a Commission on Equity in Architecture

The 22-member task force has one year to research and develop recommendations for generating equitable practices in the profession.

Let’s face it: Architecture is not known for being a diverse profession, particularly among firm leadership. Several grassroots efforts have called attention to and, more importantly, launched initiatives to address the longstanding underrepresentation of women and minorities in the sector: In 2014,  Equity by Design, an AIA San Francisco committee, conducted a landmark survey to better understand why the number of women pursuing a career in architecture drops dramatically between graduation and licensure. Australia-basedParlour and New York–based ArchiteXX promote gender equity in architecture through advocacy programs such as WikiD, an initiative to give more women in AEC professions their due on Wikipedia. And in Pittsburgh, the educational and career placement program UDream (Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities) is helping attract and retain emerging minority designers in the city.

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