Co-sponsored by AIA Minneapolis, AIA Northern Minnesota, and AIA St. Paul.

There is a growing body of research surrounding unconscious bias. Unconscious biases are created and reinforced by our environments and experiences. Our mind is constantly processing information, oftentimes without our conscious awareness. When we are moving fast or lack all of the data, our unconscious biases fill in the gaps, influencing everything from product decisions to our interactions with coworkers to our discussions with clients.

This seminar is offered in two parts. Both parts will begin with participants watching a portion of the video “Unconscious Bias @ Work” — a presentation developed and produced by Google Ventures — followed by small group discussion. 

Register to attend the St. Paul session.

Learning objectives

  1. Define unconscious bias and explain how it impacts behavior and decisions.
  2. Recognize our own unconscious biases and explore how they may impact our practice of architecture.
  3. Explain how unconscious bias may influence decisions when forming project teams, potentially impacting the quality of the project.
  4. Explain how unconscious bias may impede interactions with clients or others on the AEC project team, and the ability to make the best building design decisions.

Sessions will be offered in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Rochester locations, and are facilitated by members of the AIA Minnesota Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.


Free to all current AIA Minnesota members; $14 for non-members. A boxed lunch is provided.

Continuing Education

1.5 HSW LU Hours

Register to attend the St. Paul session.