Thursday / October 10, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Open Meeting #2 - AIA Chicago Equity Roundtable

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250, Chicago

Please join the AIA Chicago Equity Roundtable for its second open discussion. Firm owners, firm leaders, and members will gain insight on how to shape architecture firm culture by incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion values into their practices. We welcome feedback and ideas as we provide valuable strategies for the future of architecture.

The Roundtable is considering a variety of goals for the year:

  • Creating guidelines for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive practice: Best Practices for career progression, leadership development, work culture, and talent recruitment. The Roundtable will share the AIA National Initiatives.
  • Developing a firm Self-Assessment tool: creating a tool which measures a firm’s engagement with equity, diversity, and inclusion principles. Criteria will include policies, benefits, and life/work topics. The Roundtable will share updates with the Beta Tester Volunteer Firms. 
  • Require Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion data as part of AIA Chicago award program submissions: The more the profession reflects the society we serve, the better the outcome of our design work. The Roundtable will present the update on the Firm of the Year application process.
  • Ensure that our publications reflect equity, diversity, and inclusion with a broader depiction of architects in text and imagery. The Roundtable will present the recent accomplishments. 

AIA Chicago Equity Roundtable Members

  • Co-Chairs: Patricia Saldaña Natke, FAIA, UrbanWorks and Jennifer Park, AIA, Brininstool + Lynch
  • Members: Jean Dufresne, AIA, Space Architects + Planners; Cristina Gallo, AIA, Via Chicago; Khatija Hashmy, AIA, Chicago Park District; Natalie Hicks, AIA, Wright Heerema Architects; David Mulder, AIA, Brininstool + Lynch; Emilio Padilla, AIA, JGMA
  • Advisors: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Ross Barney Architects; Phillip C. Johnson, FAIA, Johnson and Lee, Ltd.; Brian Lee, FAIA, SOM LLP; Edward Torrez, AIA, Bauer Latoza Studio
  • Liaisons: Catherine Baker, AIA, Landon Bone Baker Architects and Immediate Past Present of AIA Chicago; Walter D. Street III, AIA, NOMA, Walter Street Architecture and AIA Chicago Foundation board  

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