The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently published a new supplementary edition of the Guides for Equitable Practice, titled “Justice in the Built Environment.”
Created in partnership with the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota, the guide is an educational resource meant for architects and firms to address inequity in the built environment and in society. It is intended for architects and design professionals interested in doing more to advance justice in the context of their design work. It also provides perspective about whether there is anything an individual practitioner or firm can do to help advance equity in the built environment and in society.
“This new resource is designed to empower architects to use their problem-solving skills to create welcoming spaces for all,” said AIA EVP and CEO Lakisha Ann Woods. “It also provides perspectives and insights on how architects, in all types of workplaces, can help advance equity in their place of employment, projects, and in society.”
There are at least five different ways to make the case for justice in the built environment: moral, ethical, business, societal, and professional. The supplement outlines each area and encourages readers to think through which one might be most relevant for their project or portfolio of projects.