AIA ACSA Equity in Architectural Education

A Supplement to the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have published a supplementary edition of the Guides for Equitable Practice, focusing on schools and institutions.

Equity in Architectural Education provides actions and prompts intended to inspire discussions about creating welcoming environments to attract and retain those currently underrepresented in academia and in the profession. This resource defines the concept of culture in architectural education while describing impacts in the workforce. Equity in Architectural Education deepens the understanding of architecture education culture for anyone involved with it, students or professionals.

Office and school cultures feed and reinforce each other, and long-standing traditions, viewpoints, and biases in academia are strong. Attaining an increase in diversity and creating a welcoming culture for all within academia accelerates progress towards equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in each sector of the profession.


Kendall A. Nicholson, Ed.D.
Director of Research, Equity, and Education