Don’t miss the AIA New Jersey Equity in Licensing Webinar:   Discussions on the Current Process to Licensure

September 17, 2020

Don’t miss The American Institute of Architecture New Jersey Chapter for Equity in Licensure Webinar: Discussions on the Current Process to Licensure Thursday, September 24th, 7-9PM

 

Join fellow AIA New Jersey members for our next webinar on the African American Experience with architectural licensure. 

According to Architectural Record, the recent NCARB By the Numbers 2020 report, the ninth annual report released by the organization, offers a closer look at demographics and diversity. 

The article by Mirian Sitz notes, “With more detailed demographic information available this year than in the past, the 2020 report showed that fewer than two in five architects are women, and fewer than one in five identifies as a racial or ethnic minority. Women in the profession are more diverse than men at every career stage, with over half who started down the road to licensure in 2019 identifying as a racial or ethnic minority. However, early in the path to licensure, the proportion of Black men starting the experience program exceeds that of Black women, 6 percent to 4 percent. This finding, especially when compared with data from the joint NOMA/NCARB survey conducted earlier this year, suggests “that there may be additional barriers preventing African American women from progressing in the profession,” says the NCARB report.

While NCARB and NOMA will continue to analyze the results of their joint survey—to which some 5,000 professionals replied in full—early results indicate “there is often slight, but widespread, disparity throughout the licensure process and in firm culture,” with women of color and Black professionals particularly affected. 

Two-thirds of African American survey participants reported they could not identify leaders at their firm who are similar to themselves—a sentiment shared by only 26 percent of white respondents—and 40 percent said they have faced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace. Half of all people of color who were surveyed reported that they decided to stop pursuing licensure “while working at an architecture firm”—a proportion 7 percentage points higher than their white counterparts.

Given the disparities in work experiences, NCARB calls the higher level of attrition of people of color “understandable, and potentially preventable,” adding that such findings “highlight the need for culture and systematic shifts throughout the profession.”

In response to the slow increase in architectural professional diversity, new data and comments from academia, AIA New Jersey is opening up a 6 part panel discussion with key community members to look at the African American experience of the past and present and discuss strategies to make improvements for the future. The series has been developed and will be moderated by AIA New Jersey Women in Architecture Chair Libertad Lauren Harris, Associate AIA, in conjunction with the Equity in Architecture Committee. Registrants are invited to attend some or all of the webinars. This series is offered as a free member benefit to all. 

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Equity in Licensing:   Discussions on the Current Process to Licensure Thursday, September 24th, 7-9PM

We will explore the comments from the Dean of Architecture at Princeton University and her theories that licensure is a roadblock to equity in the Architecture industry.  We will explore ways to increase diversity at the leadership level of our licensing organizations and its effects on the lack of diversity of licensed architects.

Moderator

  • Lauren Harris, Associate AIA

Confirmed Panelists

  • Monica Ponce de Leon, RA, Dean, Princeton School of Architecture
  • Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate, NCARB Chief Innovation and Information Officer
  • Nefertari Carver, NCARB Assistant Vice President for Volunteer Engagement in Council Relations, Liaison for Diversity Collaboration 
  • Steven B. Lazarus, AIA. AIA NJ 2020 President
  • William A. Moses, Associate AIA, NOMA NJ President
  • LoriAnne Jones, AIA, 2020 President of AIA Central New Jersey, 
  • Andrew Thompson, AIA, NOMA, 2020 President of AIA Newark and Suburban
  • Casius Pealer, Director of Real Estate Development at Tulane University
  • William M. Brown III, AIA, NOMA, Past President of AIANS, AIANJ and NJNOMA
  • Abigail Benjamin, AIA, New Jersey NCARB Licensing Advisor
  • Brian Penschow, AIA, New Jersey NCARB Licensing Advisor

Equity in the Profession:  Building a More Diverse Architecture Industry Thursday, October 8th, 7-9PM

Outline:  We will explore why many people of color receive their first break in an MBE or government entities where diversity is celebrated or required.  We will explore the failures of private firms to achieve equity on their own terms.  We will explore policies that AIA can put in place to encourage diversity.  We will explore what equity is in real terms.  What is the diversity of the community and the state, and what would/should a “good” representation look like.  We will explore the salaries of people of color and how architecture has a real problem course correcting.

Moderator

  • Lauren Harris, Associate AIA

Confirmed Panelists

  • Steven B. Lazarus, AIA. AIA NJ 2020 President
  • Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, AIA NJ Equity in Architecture Committee Chair
  • William A. Moses, Associate AIA, NOMA NJ President
  • LoriAnne Jones, AIA, 2020 President of AIA Central New Jersey, 
  • Andrew Thompson, AIA, NOMA, 2020 President of AIA Newark and Suburban
  • William M. Brown III, AIA, NOMA is a former President of AIANS, AIANJ and NJNOMA is committed to Community Service, Social Justice and mentoring Youth interested in the Architectural Profession

Please join us for one or all sessions by clicking below to register.  

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