The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced the 2019 honorees of its Diversity Recognition Program, including the Alex Foundation, a Southeast Arkansas agency.


This marks the 11th year of the program. AIA’s Diversity Recognition Program celebrates architects and organizations actively committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the architecture profession, according to a news release.


Award recipients were selected this year by jurors Steven Spurlock, FAIA; Linsey Graff, Assoc. AIA; and Jason Pugh, AIA.


Diversity Recognition Program honorees include:


Alex Foundation Architecture + Design Summer Camp


The Alex Foundation’s architecture and design summer camp provides design education to youth in the rural Arkansas Delta. Architects and other allied professionals teach architecture and design a one-week co-ed camp and an all-girls camp, which was created to connect girls with women leaders in the architecture profession. Nine 9-12th grade youth from Southeast Arkansas participated in the Fay Jones School of Architecture (FJSOA) Summer Design Camp at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville June 10-14. The Alex Foundation was established in 2010 in honor of Alex Courtney, who majored in architecture to give youth an architecture and design experience, according to a news release. Details: ww.alex-foundation.org.


Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design (WIELD)


WIELD is a program for emerging professionals developed in collaboration with AIA Washington, D.C. WIELD provides a forum for sharing stories of empowerment and resilience through the lens of EDI, according to the release.


Designing in Color


Designing in Color (DCo) is a collaborative architectural platform that amplifies the voices of minority designers. To promote knowledge sharing, DCo documents and makes available its programs via website and social media, according to the release.


Women in Design-Milwaukee


Women in Design-Milwaukee promotes work produced by women in Milwaukee’s creative design fields. Programs created in partnership with other organizations include Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), Future Milwaukee and American Society of Interior Designers, according to the release.


AIA Westchester Hudson Valley Afterschool Architecture Club


In 2009, AIA Westchester Hudson Valley began an outreach initiative with the mission of promoting diversity in the architecture profession by introducing young, mostly minority, K-12 students to architecture as a possible career choice. The program now serves students in grades 7–12 with more advanced curriculum, according to the release.


Building Future Architects


Formed by a team from the National Associates Committee Architecture, the Building Future Architects program was developed to introduce architecture and design thinking to students in fourth and fifth grades.


Details: https://www.aia.org .