The principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging are important priorities for AIA Austin, AIA National, and the profession of architecture. Our Task Force, led by Sophia Razzaque, AIA, and Heather Rule, AIA, seeks to improve our organizations and our profession by imbuing these considerations into everything we do.
Read AIA’s statement on EDI here.
Read AIA Austin’s statement against racism here.


1/3/22 Our Workplaces Think We’re Computers. We’re Not. (Podcast – The Ezra Klein Show)

1/10/22 Design for All requires a culture change in architecture (

1/17/22 Letter from Birmingham Jail (by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., full text posted by the University of Pennsylvania)

1/24/22 A Growing List of More Than 100 BIPOC Designers and Architects Just Started Circulating (Dwell)

1/31/22 The Future of Affordable Housing (Architectural Record)

2/7/22 The Myths That Undermine Racial Equity at Work (Harvard Business Review online)

2/14/22 The Pursuit and Promise of Equity in Architecture (Architect)


2/15 Inheriting Inequality ( Austin-American Statesman)

2/22 9 Things Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead Of Getting Defensive (Everyday Feminism)

3/1 Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back. (Fast Company)

3/8 Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation (The New York Times)

3/15 Be Part of the Change (Architect)

3/22 Responses to AAPI Racism

PBS Series Documents The History Of Asian Americans Over 150 Years (NPR)

The History of Anti-Asian Sentiment in the U.S. (NPR)

Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different (The Atlantic)

We would also like to recommend this list of resources to support AAPI Communities, from Creative Capital.

3/29 Nice White Parents Episode 1: The Book of Statuses (The New York Times)

4/5 How Diversity and Inclusion Can Drive Team Performance (Workology)

4/12 CODE SWITCH Podcast Series (NPR)

4/19 1619 Podcast Series (The New York Times)

4/26 15 Architects on Being Black in Architecture (CULTURED Magazine)

5/3 Hidden In Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation (The New York Times)

5/10 Where Do We Go From Here? (99% Invisible)

5/17 Language around gender and identity evolves (and always has) (TED)

5/24 America’s Mothers Are in Crisis (The New York Times)

5/31 Design Voice Podcast: Conversations with women who shape the built environment (Design Voice)

6/7 Tips for Being an Ally Against Racism (PDF) (Dr. Shirley Davis)

6/14 A year of challenge, and opportunity, driving change for women architects (AIA)

6/21 A New Exhibition Makes Motherhood Visible Through Design (Metropolis)

6/28 Episode 10\\ Architecture and the Social Justice Narrative, Germane Barnes · Urblandia Podcast (Spotify)

7/5 How Can Blackness Construct America? (The New York Times)

7/12 How can we design for Black futures? (Greater Greater Washington)

7/19 The “Problem” Woman of Color in the Workplace (Center for Community Organizations – COCo)

7/26 For Moody Nolan—the Largest Black-Owned Architectural Firm in the U.S.—Diversity Is Power (Architectural Digest)

8/2 Mónica Ponce de León on the Future of Architectural Licensure (Archinect)

8/9 IG Post: How to retain black talent in the workplace (@socialfixt)

8/16 Outrage: architectural spin (The Architectural Review)

8/23 Tomorrow’s world: nurturing young talent and voices (The Architectural Review)

9/6 Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education? (AIGA)

9/13 How Relevant is New Urbanism in an Age of Climate Change, Racial Inequity, and Housing Scarcity? (Common Edge)

9/20 Schools and Prisons (Agreggate)

9/27 E2. Dr. Mabel O. Wilson, Architect and Scholar. (The Institute of Black Imagination Podcast)

10/11 Black Americans And The Racist Architecture Of Homeownership (CODE SWITCH on NPR)

10/18 LAMCAST: Women of Color as Design Leaders (Landscape Architecture Magazine)

10/25 Social Inequality, As Seen From The Sky (ArchDaily)

11/1 Op-Ed: Architecture critics have a duty to interrogate inequality in the built environment (The Architect’s Newspaper)

11/8 Before Brown by Gary M. Lavergne

11/15 Shaping the Equitable City (Blueprint for Better – AIA)

11/22 AD and equity (Center for Active Design)

11/29 Building Accessibility Into America, Literally (The New York Times)

12/6 Excerpt: Justice from the Ground Up by Julie Bargmann (Harvard University Graduate School of Design)

12/13 Accessible design is growing. Can it be beautiful? (The Washington Post)


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