Equity in Architecture

EQiASC exists to promote and support equity and inclusion as the path to a diverse profession of architecture to improve lives and serve communities.

Equity and inclusion.

Equity in Architecture South Carolina is a new committee of AIASC that exists to promote and support equity and inclusion as the path to a diverse profession of architecture that improves lives and serves communities. By supporting firms, reducing barriers to success, and educating communities on the value of the profession, we can achieve a more diverse and inclusive profession.

Our Vision

Architects in South Carolina will reflect the current and future population at all career stages to improve lives and serve communities.

Diversity is defined as people of all abilities, identities, cultures, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, ambitions, and beliefs.

Our Mission

Establish a climate of equity and inclusion that supports:


of a variety of abilities, backgrounds, perspectives, ambitions, and beliefs to foster diverse architects


of architecture as an accessible, healthy, and attractive career path now and for future generations


of the built environment and its ability to improve lives and serve communities



Support firms in cultivating equity, diversity, and inclusion by providing a tool kit and recognizing success.


Reduce barriers to entering and succeeding in the profession through mentorship and scholarship programs.


Educate our community on value of the profession and career opportunities in architecture by leveraging existing partnerships and ongoing PR.

  • Understanding Racism

    National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race

    Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s website for resources on race, including a history on the foundations of race, addressing bias, and community building.

    NMAAHC: Talking About Race >

    #BlackLivesMatter: What Matters

    What Matters combines documentary narrative with interviews to illuminate specific, timely issues, aiming to create safe dialogue to promote freedom, justice, and collective liberation. What Matters is a salve and a safe place where we can connect, learn, think freely, and transform the world.

    #BlackLivesMatter: What Matters >

    Architect Magazine: Increasing Diversity in Architecture

    A three-part series on diversity in architecture that highlights the barriers to entry, designer-led solutions to increasing diversity, and improving representation in the building profession.

    Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Barriers to Entry >

    Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Designer-Led Solutions >

    Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Firm Initiatives >

    When Architecture and Racial Injustice Intersect (Architectural Digest)

    This Architectural Digest article details the work that the National Trust for Historic Preservations’ African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is doing to preserve Black history.

  • Firm Culture

    AIA Guides for Equitable Practice

    The Guides for Equitable Practice are a vital part of AIA’s long-term commitment to lead efforts that ensure the profession of architecture is as diverse as the nation we serve. These guides will help you make the business and professional case for ensuring that your organization meets the career development, professional environment, and cultural awareness expectations of current and future employees and clients.

    Guides for Equitable Practice >

    Intercultural Competence

    You’ll learn architecture’s challenges—including white male–dominated structures, the hero-architect trope, and extreme criticism—clash with collaborative practices, work-life balance, and practitioners’ diverse backgrounds. This guide covers questions to assess organizations’ intercultural competence levels along with concrete steps individuals and firms can take to create a level playing field and effect structural change.

    Chapter 1: Intercultural Competence >

    Workplace Culture

    You’ll learn how workplace culture affects individuals, firms, and the profession—from retention to strategic planning and perception of the field. This guide also contains the legal aspects of harassment, including individuals’ responsibilities, questions to assess organizations’ workplace culture, and ways to improve your own organizations’ workplace culture.

    Chapter 2: Workplace Culture >

    Recruitment and Retention

    Learn how to maintain a diverse workforce and compliance with laws governing recruitment and promotion. This guide includes concrete steps individuals and firms can take to increase fairness, build healthy pipelines, and boost retention.

    Chapter 4: Recruitment and Retention >

    Mentorship and Sponsorship

    You’ll learn what equitable and inclusive mentorship and sponsorship look like,  abiding by harassment and discrimination laws, maintaining ethical relationships, being an equitable mentor, mentee, and sponsor, and encouraging a culture of mentorship and sponsorship.

    Chapter 6: Mentorship and Sponsorship >

    Advancing Careers

    You’ll learn how firms and institutions can help support career advancement equitably by clarifying criteria for promotion, supporting networks, changing workplace culture from career ladder to lattice, and providing access to training and development. This guide details the importance of approaching career advancement as a shared responsibility between employee and employer.

    Chapter 7: Advancing Careers >

  • Opportunities

    BIPOC studios listed with job openings

    A group of architects and designers have created a dynamic Google Docs spreadsheet to highlight design, architecture, engineering or planning studios founded by black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) that may have job opportunities.

    BIPOC studios listed with job openings >

    Diversity Advancement Scholarship

    Incoming and current architecture students can apply for the Architects Foundation’s Diversity Advancement Scholarship, which was created to help more minority students pursue a successful career in architecture.

    Amount: $20,000

    Diversity Advancement Scholarship >

    Paul R. Williams Student Scholarship

    This scholarship provides financial assistance to African-American students studying or about to start studying at a NAAB-accredited architecture program.

    Amount: $500

    Paul R. Williams Student Scholarship >

    Professional resources for black designers and architects

    If you’re looking to join a networking group or expand your community within the profession, consider one of the organizations on this list that have made it their mission to support architects and designers of color.

    Professional resources for black designers and architects >

  • Take Action

    Register to vote

    Enact change by voting in your local, state, and federal elections. Register to vote, get election reminders, and more here.

    Register to vote >

    #BlackLivesMatter: Resources

    Black Lives Matter toolkits for conflict resolution, healing justice, ways to take action toward racial justice and resources to intervene when violence is inflicted on Black communities.

    Black Lives Matter: Resources >

    Linkedin: Free Courses to Help You Become a Stronger Ally and Have Inclusive Conversations

    LinkedIn’s free courses can help you understand and confront unconscious bias, have inclusive conversations and communicate across cultures, and create a diverse and inclusive workplace.

    Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All >

    5 free courses (Business Insider)

    Consider taking one of these free online courses about race and America’s history of injustice from three Ivy League schools. The open courses present an average time commitment of 2-4 hours per week.

    5 free online courses from Ivy League schools to educate yourself on race and America’s long history of injustice >

Please note third-party resources are provided for informational purposes and represent the views of the respective organizations.


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