Tuesday / March 26, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Open Meeting - AIA Chicago Equity Roundtable

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

Please join the AIA Chicago Equity Roundtable for a presentation and 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. This is one of two open meetings for 2019. 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:

  • Create guidelines for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive practice: Best Practices for career progression, leadership development, work culture, and talent recruitment. Collecting case studies.
  • Develop a firm Self-Assessment tool: create a tool which measures a firm’s engagement with equity, diversity, and inclusion principles. Criteria will include policies, benefits, and life/work topics.
  • 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. Consideration of a requirement for firm demographic data as part of design award submissions.
  • Ensure that our publications reflect equity, diversity, and inclusion with a broader depiction of architects in text and imagery.

AIA Equity Roundtable Members

  • Co-Chairs: Patricia Saldaña Natke, FAIA, UrbanWorks and Jennifer Park, AIA, Jurassic Studio
  • Members: Bradley Fritz, AIA, Schuler Shook; Khatija Hashmy, AIA, Chicago Park District; Natalie Hicks, AIA, Wright Heerema Architects; David Mulder, AIA, Brininstool + Lynch; Emilio Padilla, AIA, Lucien LaGrange
  • 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


AIA has just released the first three chapters of Guides for Equitable Practice, published by its Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee (EQFA) and the University of Minnesota. This publication is a vital part of AIA’s long-term commitment to lead efforts that ensure the profession of architecture is as diverse as the nation we serve. These guides will help you make the business and professional case for ensuring that your organization meets the career development, professional environment, and cultural awareness expectations of current and future employees and clients.


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