This committee is focused on diversity, inclusion and equity, with particular emphasis on issues related to equity in the built environment. 

Co-chairs: Teri Kwant, Allied Member of AIA MN and Rebecca Staley, AIA
Staff liaisons: Mary-Margaret Zindren and PaviElle French
Meeting date: Third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am


“Architecture Gave Me a Black Eye: A Note to Architectural Educators” by Kendall A. Nicholson in Archinect, November 19. 2021.

The Equity Manifesto from PolicyLink (PDF)

The Just Cities Essays: 26 Visions for Urban Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity by Toni L. Griffin, Ariella Cohen and David Maddox. October 19, 2015

Towards a New System of Community Wealth by Ross Baird, Bruce Katz, Jihae Lee, and Daniel Palmer. October 27, 2019

Owning the Future: After Covid-19, a New Era of Community Wealth Building (PDF) by Joe Guinan, Jonty Leibowitz, Neil McInroy, and Sarah McKinley

Grassroots Community Engaged Investment by Andrea Armeni and Curt Lyon. April 2021

“Why Aren’t Black Firms Working on Memorials to Slavery?” by Kelly Beamon in Metropolis Magazine, August 13, 2021

“Six Initiatives Model Ways to Practice True Design Justice” by Leilah Stone in Metropolis Magazine, September 3, 2021

Visual showing relationship between systems and equity in the built environment (drawing by Paul Bauknight)

“Breaking the Dead Paradigm for Design Exhibitions” by Craig L. Wilkins in Common Edge, December 21, 2021

“Why Racism is Killing The Planet” by Hop Hopkins in Sierra, June 8, 2020

“Webinar: Embedding Equity in Design Practice,” Paul Makovsky, July 25, 2022, Architect magazine

Spatializing Justice: Building Blocks by Teddy Cruz and Fonna Foman

“Design for Equity Primer: 20+ Resources to Help You Design Inclusively and Fairly” by Metropolis editors in Metropolis Magazine, December 13, 2022.

Google Documents

Click here to access the Equity in the Built Environment definition

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