AIA New Jersey Guides to Equitable Practice Lecture Series

April 27, 2019

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AIA New Jersey Guides to Equitable Practice Lecture Series

For architects to meet the professional challenges of today and tomorrow’s global marketplace, we must adjust our business perspective to include, respect and embrace a diverse industry and clientele. The AIA Guides for Equitable Practice, created in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the American Institute of Architects’ Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee (EQFA) are a vital part of AIA’s long-term commitment to leading efforts to ensure that the profession of architecture is as diverse as the population we serve. The AIA New Jersey Equity in Architecture Committee has developed a lecture series designed to train our individual members, principals and project managers in the equitable administration of nine segments of Architectural Practice. With implementation, these lessons will make the business and professional case for ensuring that each organization meets the career development, professional environment, and cultural awareness expectations of current and future employees and clients. Ultimately, it is the goal of AIA that these Guides will shape our shared goal of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable profession for all without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation/identity, or socioeconomic background. 

Each session corresponds with a different one of the nine Equity Guides and is expected to provide 2 CEU (pending approval).  All events are free through the courtesy of the hosting showroom but require advanced registration. Registration details will be announced shortly before each program date.


Equity Guide to Intercultural Competence and Women on Boards

Presented by: Suzanne DiGeronimo, FAIA and Stacey Kliesch, AIA

Tuesday, April 23, 6-8PM

Hosted by: Porcelanosa Showroom, 65 NJ-17 South, Paramus, NJ


Equity Guide to Workplace Culture and Generational Issues

Presented by: Suzanne Sowinski, AIA, Karen Nichols, FAIA, and Stacey Kliesch, AIA

Sunday, June 2, 10AM – 12PM 

Hosted by: Garden State Tile Showroom, 203 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ


Equity Guide to Compensation

Presented by: Stacey Kliesch, AIA

Thursday, July 11, 6-8PM

Hosted by: Avalon Flooring Showroom, 3157 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ


Equity Guide to Recruitment and Retention

Presented by: Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner, AIA and Stacey Kliesch, AIA

Monday, August 5, 6-8PM

Hosted by: Pella Windows and Doors Showroom, 165 Barclay Shopping Center, Cherry Hill, NJ


Equity Guide to Negotiating and Equity in Education

Presented by: Susan Bristol, AIA and Stacey Kliesch, AIA

Tuesday, September 24, 6-8PM

Hosted by: Pella Windows and Doors Showroom, 659 Morris Turnpike, Springfield, NJ



Equity Guide to Building Relationships

Presented by: Carla Bonacci, AIA, Suzanne Bonney, AIA, Claire Gallagher, Associate AIA and Stacey Kliesch, AIA

Wednesday, November 13, 6-8PM

Hosted by: Pella Windows and Doors Showroom, Red Bank, NJ


Seminar details and LUs are subject to change and approval. The final three guides will be presented in 2020. For confirmed information, refer to the registration materials for each event on the website or contact


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