The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the University of Minnesota are continuing efforts to shape architecture firm culture by publicly releasing "Guides for Equitable Practice".

AIA sponsored the development of the guides to help educate architects and firms on best practices for equity, diversity and inclusion principles and to provide strategies for incorporating the values into architectural practice.

“Every day, architects solve critical challenges in society through design and advocacy of the built environment,” said Emily Grandstaff-Rice, chair of the AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture committee. “We know there’s more work to be done to shape the profession to be more equitable and accessible. These guides frame the conversation and provide actionable items for individuals, firms and allies. Achieving this vision has a direct impact on the relevance of our profession and our work.”

The guides were developed using current research on gender, race and culture in the U.S. and includes perspectives from architects on what equity, diversity and inclusion mean. 

Topics included in the first three chapters of the guides explore intercultural competence, workplace culture and compensation within firms. Subsequent sets—due out later this year—will address career progression, talent recruitment, leadership development and community engagement.

“Guides for Equitable Practice” are one component of the AIA’s broad commitment to work with members to overcome inequities and advance the profession. Learn more about AIA’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives online.