September 1, 2021
Just over ten percent of US registered architects are Hispanic and forty-one percent of all architects that speak a second language speak Spanish. According to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ 2020 demographic data, “On average, Hispanic or Latino candidates consistently complete their education, experience, and examination requirements sooner than their peers. In 2019, candidates in this category finished the core licensure requirements in an average of 10.5 years, 2.2 years sooner than the overall average.”
That is good news considering studies indicate that architectural clients feel most comfortable working with a licensed professional that reflects themselves, their culture and traditions. Here in New Jersey, twenty one percent of the population is Hispanic, the sixth highest in the nation by percentage of overall state population. Our population of Hispanic and Spanish speaking architects is on the rise to meet the needs of our community.
From September 15 – October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month, AIA New Jersey will be sharing the stories, profiles and projects of some of our members who identify as Hispanic. We hope you will follow along!
By Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, AIA NJ Advocacy Consultant | Posted in EquityInArchitecture | Tagged: #HispanicHeritageMonth | Comments (0)
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