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Designing Equity - Leveraging the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice

Are you interested in building a more equitable workplace, but unsure of how to start? Do you have expertise on an equity issue that could benefit others? Join us to learn how to leverage the AIA’s new Guides for Equitable Practice to transform your career and your firm!

Designers address critical challenges in society through advocacy of our built, visual, and functional environment. Let’s work together to foster environments that are empathetic, inclusive, and celebrate a larger community.

Participants will actively engage peers in a number of participatory design exercises exploring key concepts addressed in the first release of the Guides; including assessment techniques and actionable strategies for improving workplace culture, promoting cultural competence, mitigating implicit bias, and achieving pay equity. Together, we will collaborate to devise implementation strategies at multiple scales, and to imagine the possibilities for their use by current and future leaders at all levels of practice.

We encourage participation from everyone of any demographic and career stage. The more diverse voices participating, the better discussions we will have!

AIA CEUs - AIA Learning Credits will be provided

About the AIA Guides to Equitable Practice - Based on the recommendations from the AIA Equity in Architecture Commission Report, the guides provide individuals and firms with guidance on best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion principles. They address such issues as career progression, work culture, leadership development, pay equity, talent recruitment and more. Topics under work culture include attention to specific areas such as professional ethics and sexual harassment.

The guides are produced by a joint research effort between the University of Minnesota and the AIA’s Equity and Future of Architecture Committee (EQFA).

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm


AIA Center for Architecture


AIA Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion to create a stronger profession for diverse communities involved in the built environment