Thursday, February 9, 2017

Architects Speak Out on Absence of Female Speakers at AIA National Convention




A group of more than 50 architects, firms and students of architecture expressed the lack of women's representation among the keynote speakers selected for the AIA national convention in 2017. Of the seven keynotes lectures, to be given within three days of the conference, only one woman will manage, and no female architect.

In a letter to the architect's Newspaper, the group calls for the AIA to revise the program of the conference, as well as consider selecting the participants more, "reflecting the diversity in architecture." The letter also calls into question the organization's commitment to the preservation of the values ​​set out in diversity and inclusion statement listed on their website, according the statement does not go far enough to contribute to the work of many members of this organization.

This year's conference will be held from April 27-29 in the Orange County Convention Center Orlando. Selected keynote speakers at the 2017 Conference will be attended by 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, architect Francis Ker, MASS Design Group co-founder Michael Murphy, a graphic designer and Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, Dan Goods and David Delgado from the Laboratory of NASA's jet propulsion and Social psychologist Amy Cuddy.

The debate can be seen as a second omissions of AIA in recent months, after a poorly received letter of support Trump administration, which led to the organization releasing the official video with an apology and a $ 1 million commitment to increase diversity in the profession.

News Via The Architect's Newspaper
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