AIA New York’s 2030 Fund Awards $10,000 Toward Student Loan Forgiveness to Six Young BIPOC Professionals

May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022, New York, NYAIA New York (AIANY) is proud to announce that the chapter has awarded $10,000 to help six aspiring BIPOC architects pay off their student loans through the recently established 2030 Fund, which seeks to help build a more diverse and representative profession.

The 2030 Fund was created by AIANY 2021 President Kenneth A. Lewis, AIA, in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycoba|NOMA), in recognition of the profession’s diversity problem and the unique challenges faced by young BIPOC professionals pursuing licensure. According to NCARB by the Numbers 2021, people of color remain critically underrepresented in the field, with BIPOC only accounting for 16 percent of architects nationwide. The fund also seeks to support NOMA’s 2030 Challenge, which aims to double the number of licensed Black architects by the end of the decade.

The 2030 Fund’s six inaugural awardees were selected from 28 applicants from across the United States. Beyond student loan support, the recipients will also receive free ARE prep courses organized by AIANY and an opportunity to meet quarterly with an architect mentor who will provide early career and licensure guidance. An additional six finalists will receive discounted rates for the chapter’s prep courses.

To be considered, BIPOC applicants had to have completed a bachelor’s and/or graduate degree, have outstanding student loan balances, and be able to demonstrate a plan to pursue architectural licensure. The fund’s first round of applicants identified as Black, Native American, and Latinx, as US citizens, DACA recipients, and people of other immigrant statuses.

“AIANY is committed to working to address the profession’s lack of diversity through multiple means,” said Kenneth A. Lewis. “The 2030 Fund is a fundamental component of this work and we look forward to continuing to support young BIPOC professionals as they navigate the path to licensure. Congratulations to our six awardees!”

Selection Committee
Kenneth A. Lewis, AIA
Gregory T. Switzer, AIA, NOMA, NCARB
Andrea Lamberti, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Allison Lane, AIA, ASID, NOMA
Matthew Bremer, AIA
Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA

Funding for the 2030 Fund has been provided by the 2021 President’s Circle:

Sciame; SOM

Ennead Architects LLP; Longman Lindsey; Perkins Eastman Architects DPC; Rafael Viñoly Architects P.C.; Sage and Coombe Architects; Workshop/APD

A. Esteban & Company; AKF Group LLC; Architecture Research Office; Arup Consulting Engineers; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Dattner Architects; Desai Chia Architecture PC; FXCollaborative; Gensler; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Langan; Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects; Perkins and Will; Platt Byard Dovell White Architects; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; STUDIOS Architecture; Thornton Tomasetti; Zetlin & De Chiara, LLP

Brandon Haw, AIA; Capalino + Company; Cooper Robertson & Partners; Eve B. Klein, Assoc. AIA; Henry Zachary; James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.; JFK&M Consulting Group; Michael E. Plottel, FAIA, LEED AP; Thomas R. Krizmanic, AIA; Tillotson Design

About AIA New York
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects with more than 5,500 architect, allied professional, student, and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development.


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