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  • June 14, 2018
    A Call to Act(ivism): Echoing Whitney Young, 50 Years Later

    Civil rights activist Whitney M. Young, Jr’s critical keynote address at the 1968 AIA Convention in Portland, Oregon challenged architects to address issues of diversity and social responsibility in the profession. Young called out architects for their “thunderous silence” in the face of entrenched inequalities across American cities. 50 years following the speech, the profession still has a long way to go. This exhibition, open from July 10 – September 15 and organized by the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee, will assess the current state of our profession against the historic backdrop of Young’s speech, exploring current data and presenting calls to activism by industry leaders.

    Learn more and register

  • June 4, 2018
    A’18 – Architect Live

    Have you already registered for A’18? The AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be speaking LIVE from the Expo Floor at the Architect Live Booth! Join us at 3pm on Friday, June 22 for a dynamic segment on our past and future initiatives.

    There are still volunteer opportunities available; visit for more information.

    We hope to see you there soon!

  • April 4, 2018
    Stalled!NYC announced as a Brunner Grant recipient

    The goal of Sanders’ project, Stalled!: Social Equity & Public Restrooms,” is to develop an open-access website that documents a two-year interdisciplinary design-research project dedicated to the creation of safe, sustainable, and inclusive public restrooms for all people, irrespective of age, gender, race, religion, and disability. The website will be comprised of two parts: the first will situate this issue within a broad historical, cultural, and political context; the second will use text, diagrams, and drawings to present guidelines for desegregated restroom prototypes that can be adopted by cultural institutions and municipalities and implemented in renovation and new construction projects. The website will disseminate this work for free to a wide audience.

    Read more about Stalled! and the other 2018 Arnold W. Brunner Grant recipients here.

  • March 28, 2018
    Diversity and Inclusion at United Nations

    We are thrilled to announce that three of AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s past and present co-chairs were featured in an exhibit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York! Architect/Activists Danei Cesario, Venesa Alicea, and Mark Gardner are among the distinguished NycobaNOMA members who highlighted their projects, experiences and guidance for emerging professionals that also aimed to build a more collaborative society. The exhibit, “Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality”, is an extension of Say It Loud and was open to the public from March 5th through March 28th. Opening remarks were given by current committee co-chair Danei Cesario at the Exhibit Ceremony to an audience including the NGO community, diplomats and United Nations officials.

  • March 15, 2018
    Unsung Protagonists: The Power of Women in 21st Century Architecture

    In honor of Women’s History Month, the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee convened a panel of esteemed women in the design industry to discuss their contributions to the built environment and the profession. Speakers also explored the varied experiences of being a woman in the architecture profession, touching on workplace dynamics, career trajectories, and personal lives. Firm leaders provided insight on tools women can use to equip themselves at every stage of career progression.

    Event: Unsung Protagonists: The Power of Women in 21st Century Architecture


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