This is a three-part CES Course, you must attend all three courses to receive AIA CES: 4.5 LU/HSW.

This event is offered on Zoom. You will receive a join link for each session after registering.

Session 1: Wednesday, February 16, 12-1:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday, March 16, 12-1:30 pm
Session 3: Wednesday, April 20, 12-1:30 pm

Please join this collaborative event with members from AIA Cincinnati, AIA Cleveland, AIA Columbus, and AIA New York.

AIA's Code of Ethics includes as one of its standards, that “Members should provide their colleagues and employees with a fair and equitable working environment, compensate them fairly, and facilitate their professional development.” The rule of conduct that follows states: “Members shall treat their colleagues and employees with mutual respect and provide an equitable working environment.”

The field of architecture has historically struggled with issues of representation and career advancement for women and BIPOC individuals. The American Institute of Architects created the Guides for Equitable Practice (“the Guides”) to respond to many of these issues and provide a framework “to overcome inequities and help advance the profession, the careers of individual architects, and the quality of the built environment by creating more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplaces and interactions.” Architects should work to ensure the health, safety and welfare of those in their workplaces, as well as those in the communities they serve. These tenets go hand in hand as a more diverse and equitable workforce is more likely to be aware of and address the intersectional issues that continue to plague our society. Using the Guides and additional resources, this three-part course will provide a foundation for architects and design professionals to build their awareness of issues of equity in the workplace and suggest ways to begin to address them.

Each session includes following: 
- Tips on how to use the Guides 
- Terms and definitions 
- Key takeaways 
- Case studies 
- Related resources and data 
- Interactive Q&A and feedback  

Kavitha Mathew, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Global Diversity Officer, Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Architects

Kavitha Mathew works to deepen and accelerate the firm’s current momentum in its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, as well as develop and implement KPF’s global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment.

As Special Projects Director for AIA New York, she strives to enhance engagement opportunities for members, with a focus on developing leadership and community service initiatives. She is a registered architect with over 20 years of experience in the field. Her past roles include Director of Corporate Architectural Services for Ralph Lauren and project architect/manager/director at firms including Ted Moudis Associates, Spacesmith, and KPF.

As founder of Equity Co:LAB, she is dedicated to elevating the architecture practice to be more inclusive and equitable through research-based, results-oriented collaborative workshops and programs. She holds Architecture degrees from the University of Virginia and Columbia University.

Attendees pay a base registration fee, plus a per session cost for each session to which they register. Registration for the full series is recommended and encouraged. However, a-la-carte option is available and sessions can be added after the initial registration is complete.

Base Registration Fee: Free for members of AIA, NOMA or students; $10 for general public
Session Fees: 
$10 each for AIA, NOMA, and general public
Free for students with a discount code; email or your local chapter and apply the code before registering for sessions.


02/16/2022 12:00 PM - 04/20/2022 01:30 PM