AIA announces diversity program honorees

AIA’s Diversity Recognition Program advances equity, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.

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AIA Westchester Hudson Valley Afterschool Architecture Club

In 2009, AIA Westchester Hudson Valley began an outreach initiative with the mission of promoting diversity in the architecture profession by introducing young, mostly minority, K-12 students to architecture as a possible career choice. An after-school "Design Club" was formed in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, staffed each week by volunteer architects from the component. The program has evolved since launch, and now serves students in grades 7–12 with more advanced curriculum.

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The AIA Diversity Recognition Program seeks to recognize architects, components, and others for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession of architecture. A diverse profession mirrors the society it serves and celebrates the contributions of all architects, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious belief, geographic location, or practice. Diversity encourages alternatives to traditional practice models and provides opportunities for a greater variety of individuals to become architects.