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AIA Iowa Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

AIA Diversity Statement

"The American Institute of Architects, as part of the global community, champions a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession of architecture to create a better environment for all. Achieving this vision has a direct impact on the relevance of our profession and the world's prosperity, health, and future."

Message from AIA Iowa ExCom

The responsibility to end injustices will be different for each of us, but as individuals with diverse life experiences, gifts, and ideas we must work to achieve a just, equitable and inclusive society. The AIA Iowa Executive Committee of the Board encourages each of you, our members, to educate yourself on the issues of racism and inequality, and to stay present in the conversation about systemic racism

In an effort to enhance awareness throughout our profession, the AIA National Board and the National Organization of Minority Architect’s statements can be found here:

As we reflect on the current state of our Nation, AIA Iowa is committed to broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are thoughtfully developing actionable objectives focusing on racial unity and equality, to strengthen our Component’s mission and our profession.

Yours in service,

AIA Iowa Executive Committee of the Board
(June 2020)

Through the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee the AIA Iowa Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Champions explore and address relevant issues related to EDI within the Iowa architectural community, and make recommendations toward and actively assist in the development of programs and initiatives that foster and sustain cultural breadth and inclusion. The AIA provides a wealth of resources related to EDI. AIA and AIA Iowa are committed to broadening equity, diversity, and inclusion to create a stronger profession. Here are some helpful resources:

Are you passionate about these subjects and want to get involved? Contact these volunteer Champions:


Diversity Scholarship Opportunities:

AIA Iowa / AIA Diversity Scholarship

AIA Iowa is Committed to fostering and supporting diversity within academia and the profession of architecture. Through a partnership with AIA Iowa and the AIA, the AIA Iowa / AIA Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students in good academic standing enrolled in the ISU Architecture program, who are from Iowa, citizens of the U.S., who and belong to an under-represented ethnic group. For more information about this scholarship please contact AIA Iowa at info@aiaiowa.org.

AIA Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship was established specifically for a woman studying architecture within a NAAB accredited bachelor or master’s degree program. Sho-Ping, a Fellow and leader in the AIA, was a long-time Principal and health-care practice leader at Payette. She was a talented and compassionate architect who was fiercely determined to design healthcare architecture of the highest caliber for those in need. Sho-Ping was a wonderful mentor and instilled in her teams a sense of camaraderie and commitment to design. As a founder of the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, held biennially, Sho-Ping was instrumental in defining the national discourse for Women in Design. The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who will be entering at least their third year of undergraduate or any level of graduate study within an accredited architecture program.

AIA Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Maybe you chose architecture because you want to design a better world. Or you can’t imagine doing anything else. One thing’s for certain: You love this work. And the AIA would love to help fund your college experience with a multiyear scholarship, up to $20,000. The AIA created the Diversity Advancement Scholarship to help more minority students pursue a successful career in architecture. Multiple scholarships are available. The $20,000 scholarship is for minority students whose imagination and design thinking will influence the future of the built environment and the architecture profession.

Additional Resources:

Examining the State of Diversity

“Diversity in the Profession of Architecture,” published by AIA in 2016, examines the factors that influence diversity in the workplace and how they can determine career advancement opportunities and challenges, work-life balance, and attrition rates. The report also offers next steps for architecture, as a field, to pivot by attracting and maintaining a more diverse workforce.

Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA-NCARB)
This service evaluates the education credentials of foreign-educated and broadly-experienced architects against the NCARB Education Standard. This service is for individuals seeking an NCARB Certificate or registration in a U.S. jurisdiction and who do not have a professional degree in architecture from a NAAB-accredited program.

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