AIA|LA ENCOMPASS: the Conference to Actualize Diversity & Inclusion
May 5, 8:00AM-5:00PM
California African American Museum - 600 State Drive, Exposition Park Los Angeles, CA 90037

ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture

An AIA|LA Core Values Conference To Promote Greater Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession

Friday, May 5, 2017 (8am - 5pm)

California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park

Los Angeles, CA 90037

Event is SOLD OUT!

In early 2017, after 14 months of outreach, the AIA's Equity in Architecture Commission released “The Equity in Architecture Commission Report", which details eleven proactive steps to strengthen AIA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

See this year's speakers and schedule here!

So what are those steps?  What is the best framework to implement these recommendations?  What metrics of success do we want to establish? We are committed to leading the way forward and we need your participation to make this happen.

Join us on May 5th at ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture and let’s engage in an open dialogue that will set the parameters for how we adhere to this call to action.

AIA|LA is fortunate to be the local chapter of one of the world’s most diverse regions in the world.  Los Angels is famous for its wealth of human resources and we are proud to be at the leading edge of diversity.  It is that diversity that gives us our leading edge on creative innovations in design.  However, we still have a long way to go to ensure greater equity, diversity and inclusion especially when you consider the professions urgent need to attract emerging talent and ensure younger generations seek careers in the A/E/C profession.

In a quickly evolving and thriving Los Angeles, diversity increases the promise of our design practice to deliver solutions.  Diversity adds value and benefits to our ability to deliver smart solutions to clients.  Diversity, in fact, provides the capacity to better support our own region with the improvements to ensure health and prosperity for all. But the actual composition of the AIA|LA doesn’t reflect the region’s diversity. For example: only 5% of AIA|LA members identify as Latino; only 2% identify as black. As AIA National focuses on strengthening core values, AIA|LA will host ENCOMPASS to bring practitioners together to address solutions for moving forward.

ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture will serve as a forum to highlight best-practices, examine case-studies of inclusive design procedures and curate a series of genuine dialogues that underscore solutions to counter the prevalence of the inherent biases that too often continues to divide A/E/C professionals.

The conference will allow us to candidly dissect the reality of the situation. ENCOMPASS will also highlight the value-add that inclusive architecture brings to society and how we all gain from a multifaceted profession. 

Throughout the day, speakers and audience members will describe experiences; contribute best practices; demonstrate diversity's benefits for the field, clients + our city; and establish strategies to realize an inclusive future--beginning today.
Members $55 | Non-Members $75