Categories: Diversity Equity Inclusion

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Flad Architects Scholarship Winners

  Flad Architects Scholarship Winners   Please congratulate Mai Ho-Nguyen and Andrew Hart who are the recipients of the 2022 Flad Architects Scholarship!   Flad Architects generously offered scholarships of $2000 each to one 5th year student and one 4th year B Arch student. The scholarship is intended to support minority students who are US…

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Sameena Sitabkhan’s Promotion to Undergraduate Assistant Director

  We couldn’t be more pleased to announce Sameena Sitabkhan’s promotion to Undergraduate Assistant Director.   For the past 8 years, Sameena has played an important and increasingly indispensable role in the School of Architecture. As a licensed architect deeply committed to empowering the next generation of architects, she has served in the roles of…

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Ethics and Leadership – Spring 2022

                  Ethics & Leadership Panel on Affordable Housing Spring 2022 Ethics and Leadership panel was held on Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PT. Moderated by Juke Jose (B.Arch. alum 2021), panel members Stephen Ellis, Frances Kwong, and Abel Morales shared their trajectories that led…

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Honoring Prescott Reavis, NOMA, LEED AP, SEED, NCARB

Honoring Prescott Reavis, NOMA, LEED AP, SEED, NCARB   With profound sadness, we share the news that Prescott Reavis passed away on Feb 8th. Prescott was a spatial activist, architect, educator, and an impactful friend and advisor to the School of Architecture. He had been a mentor to those of us who mentor, a teacher…

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BAHIP Internship Program

  The Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP)   The Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) turns five this year with our fifth cohort, and the application to apply is now open!   More Information about the internship Apply to BAHIP 2022-23 Deadline: Friday, March 25   What is BAHIP? Launched in 2017, BAHIP is…

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Ethics and Leadership Fall 2021: Participatory Design

  Fall 2021 Ethics and Leadership Panel: Participatory Design   Zoom recording is at this link.   Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, 11-12:30 pm Pacific Zoom link https://art.zoom.us/j/93736696090 Meeting ID: 937 3669 6090   Raffaella Falchi Macias, Rashmi Ramaswamy, Sameena Sitabkhan will share their trajectories that led them to Participatory Design. Moderated by Karen Seong.   Mission of the…

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ARH 498 Collaborative Project / ARH 512 Participatory Design

ARH 498 Collaborative Project & ARH 512 Participatory Design   ARH 512 & 498 comprise the Community-Based Design program at the School of Architecture.  You will design and build a real project for actual occupants that you will have met through the community outreach process. By the end of the sequence, you will have taken…

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NOMA Conference 2021

NOMA CONFERENCE 2021 HOMECOMING | Detroit 50   From NOMA: NOMA is honored to celebrate our 50th Year Anniversary in Detroit, where our twelve founders convened for the 1971 AIA Conference. Over the past five decades, NOMA has grown to over 2,500 members in over 120 professional and student chapters in North America. In 2021,…

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Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship for STEAM Majors

Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship for STEAM Majors   From Stantec: Here at Stantec, we value an inclusive and diverse workplace culture where we seek a broad range of perspectives and contributions to our industry—and the communities where we live and work. Stantec is committed to providing support to the next generation of leaders in…

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SOM  Scholarship Robert L. Wesley Award 2021

SOM  Scholarship Robert L. Wesley Award 2021   From SOM: In 2020, the SOM Foundation created the Robert L. Wesley Award—named in honor of the first Black partner at SOM—to support BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or engineering programs in the United States. Each year, three students will receive a…

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GENSLER RISING BLACK DESIGNERS SCHOLARSHIP 2022

GENSLER RISING BLACK DESIGNERS SCHOLARSHIP 2022 From Gensler: Over the last 20 years, our scholarships programs have supported the education of emerging design talent, with nearly $200,000 being awarded in the last year alone. Gensler offers several different programs in the U.S. annually for architecture and interior design students, and one UK Bursary. RISING BLACK…

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SmithGroup Scholarship

JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM From SmithGroup: We have created the SmithGroup Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship Program to support and mentor students from historically underrepresented demographics in architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture and engineering.  The program’s mission is to provide these students with the opportunity to attain their professional goals…

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Architects Foundation Scholarships

Multiple Scholarships Available from Architects Foundation Architects Foundation is a philanthropic partner of the AIA. Each year, they offer multiple scholarships for architecture students. Below are three. Application process requires FAFSA information so begin preparing early. Student can apply for multiple scholarships simultaneously. Visit the FAQ page to learn more.   ________________________________________________________ Payette Sho-Ping Chin…

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NOMAS AAU

NOMAS AAU nomasaau Celebrating minority students’ excellence at @aauschoolofarchitecture. linktr.ee/nomasaau   NOMAS AAU on Discord Find architecture students who are also members of the AAU NOMAS chapter on Discord. This student-led group is part of a national student organization and they are excited to meet new students. Ask questions about NOMAS, get advice on classes, or just…

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William Cox Wins Gensler Rising Black Designers Scholarship

    William Cox Wins Gensler Rising Black Designers Scholarship   Please join us in congratulating William, a first year online student, who was awarded the Gensler Rising Black Designers Micro-Scholarship! According to Gensler, their scholarships "work to break down the barriers of entering the architectural profession for Black students." The Rising Black Designers scholarship…

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Online Student Kenya Steward Wins SOM Award

Kenya Steward Wins SOM Robert L. Wesley Award   Please join us in congratulating Kenya. We are so proud of her for being recognized by this prestigious award! Kenya, a second year online student, was selected to receive the SOM Robert L. Wesley Award for BIPOC students. She is one of five recipients, among seventy-six applicants,…

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B Arch Collaborative Project

Kid of Parts for the Bayview Commons Apartments, B Arch Collaborative Project, Building Lab - b.Lab Faculty: Sameena Sitabkhan, NOMA Students: Adam Nuru, Markish Siojo, Dylan Ingle, Fabio Lemos, Xiaohuan Corona Gao This is the second project by B.Lab in partnership with the Bayview Commons Community and San Francisco Housing Development Corporation in San Francisco…

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SP 2021 Ethics and Leadership Panel

Spring 2021 Ethics and Leadership Panel We are pleased to announce our discussion on Indigenous Design with guest panelists Tamarah Begay, Sam Olbekson, and Julia Mollner Moderated by Jennifer Asselstine Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:00pm-6:30pm https://art.zoom.us/rec/share/1wY3O8i7JMXqZOCorQMDZEnzvtrNMFM0jesz5BA0jE858aC_Yz06SFBjj12KvEyU.eNt-Qe90lCgTmtCH Panel:   Tamarah Begay, AIA, NCARB, AICAE, CDT, LEED AP BD+C Principal / CEO Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture LLC    Tamarah is the Founder of Indigenous Design…

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Black Architect Series for Black History Month

Black Architect Series by Tom Reynolds   Thomas L Reynolds is an online ARH student and also a principal of his New Jersey design firm, Green Stories, LLC To celebrate Black History Month, he is conducting one-minute interviews with Black Architects. You can view two of the videos he created here. https://architecture.academyart.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Joseph-Cole-AREs-01.mp4 https://architecture.academyart.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Asia-Allen-Why-Architecture.mp4

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Diversity Equity Inclusion Conversations

Diversity Equity Inclusion Conversations   We are continuing the Conversations on Diversity and Identity launched in July as part of our efforts to actively listen to our students who engage with us to unveil their experiences. Undergraduate Director Jenn Asselstine will continue to host the conversations.  The feedback from students will be received as valuable input…

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E&L Fall 2020

FA 2020 Ethics and Leadership Panel Inclusive Design Thursday November 19 12:00noon – 1:30pm PST Ricardo Gomes, IDSA Professor, School of Design, San Francisco State University Professor Ricardo Gomes has been a faculty member in the School of Design at San Francisco State University for over 29 years. He was the Chair of the DAI Department…

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Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship

  Diversity Advancement Scholarship   Link to Architects Foundation Scholarship Website   From Architects Foundation: This architecture scholarship can change your life! Maybe you chose architecture because you want to design a better world. Or you can’t imagine doing anything else. One thing’s for certain: You love this work. And we’d love to help fund…

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Gensler Scholarship: Rising Black Designers

    Gensler Rising Black Designers Scholarship   "Gensler is proud to announce our new scholarship, Rising Black Designers, which champions diversity within the architecture and design industry by supporting deserving underrepresented architecture students in their studies at some of the nation’s top universities. Our scholarships aim to break down the barriers for students to…

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Please join us for the NOMAS AAU Introductory meeting: November 5, 2020

Please join us on November 5th at 5:00 pm PST for our first meeting. We will get to know you , preview our events and program for the year and talk about how you can join. For more info and the link to join, email us here: nomasaau@gmail.com Also, please join us for a watch…

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AAU students begin local NOMAS chapter

We're so excited to announce that we will soon be starting a new student chapter of NOMAS (the national organization of minority architects - students) at AAU in the next few weeks! Kadia Bah and Juke Jose are heading up this effort, and they are excited to share their ideas with other students and offer…

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SOM Foundation Announces New Robert L. Wesley Award for BIPOC Students

SOM Foundation Announces New Robert L. Wesley Award   The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Robert L. Wesley Award. The new award will support BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or structural engineering programs across the US. The $10,000 award is an unrestricted scholarship that aims…

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B Arch Alum Raising Funds to Fight Homelessness

B Arch Alum Fundraising to Battle Homelessness   B Arch alumnus Daniel Forthuber spent his thesis year on the topic of homelessness. View his thesis project featured at the 2020 Spring Show here. He is carrying his mission forward and is currently raising funds to battle homelessness in Los Angeles where he lives with his…

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Undergrad Faculty Sameena Sitabkhan talks B.Lab with Bobby Brill on the Creative Mind podcast

Check out the latest podcast in the Creative Mind series with Bobby Brill: Creative Mind - Community Architecture Community Architecture with Sameena Sitabkhan (ARH undergraduate faculty) In this episode of Creative Mind, Sameena walks us through some of B.Lab’s projects in the San Francisco Bay Area including community builds for the NCH Community Garden and…

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Architecture Students One Step Closer to End Goal – Art u News Article

The second in a series of articles profiling the hard work of ARH 498 students as they fabricate the "Kid of Parts" project for he Bayview Commons Apartments Community in San Francisco. Read it here: https://artunews.com/2020/08/31/architecture-students-one-step-closer-to-end-goal/

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Discussion on Redlining

Discussion on Redlining   Students in ARH 450, ARH 410, ARH 315, LA 292, and ARH 240  are invited to participate in a Discussion on Redlining in the US. Faculty will structure the discussion using research presented by Richard Rothstein in his book "The Color of Law." The group discussion will be a shared platform…

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NOMA Conference 2020

NOMA Conference 2020 (National Organization of Minority Architects) Spatial Shifts: Reclaiming Our Cities   October 14-18, 2020   "Together, October 14 – 18, we will explore ways in which can break down barriers to creating meaningful projects, share ways to remix the role of the designer, and unpack new approaches to the design processes of…

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Symposium: Race and Modern Architecture

Symposium: Race and Modern Architecture   Fri, Sep 18, 2020 12pm PST Free event open to the public   To register for the event and receive a Zoom link, click here.   A symposium to present Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present, published by the University of Pittsburgh…

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Resources on Race and Architecture

Below, there is an extensive list of Resources for reading and viewing on race and architecture, compiled by Mario Gooden, with Mabel O. Wilson and the Architectural League of New York staff - published by the Architectural League of New York. We would like to share this here. Please find a link to the original source…

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Letter from the School of Architecture

Letter from the School of Architecture   July 9, 2020 Dear School of Architecture Community, In partnership with our peer Departments at the Academy of Art University, with our non-profit partners in San Francisco, with our professional and academic colleagues across the United States, and with the knowledge that architectural education and the profession of…

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Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

School of Architecture Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism   7.9.2020 In partnership with our peer Departments at the Academy of Art University, with our non-profit partners in San Francisco, with our professional and academic colleagues across the United States, and with the knowledge that architectural education and the profession of architecture have a…

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Roundtable Discussion: Getting Hired and Pursuing a Rewarding Career Path

  Roundtable Discussion   View the recording at this link   This summer's Professional Preparedness Workshop events continue with a Roundtable Discussion on 7/17/2020 Friday 6pm PST. A panel of six leaders in the Bay Area architecture community will be sharing their advice with students transitioning into the profession. We are excited to have the students…

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Kid of Parts, B.Lab Community Based Design

Kid of Parts at the Bayview Commons Apartments B Arch Collaborative Project   Corona Xiaohuan Gao, B.Arch Fabio Lemos, B.Arch Dylan Ingle, B.Arch Markish Siojo, B.Arch Adam Nuru, B.Arch Faculty: Sameena Sitabkhan, AIA Program/ Project Description: This is the third project by B.Lab in partnership with the Bayview Commons Community and San Francisco Housing Development…

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Designed with Community, Built by Students Fundraising Campaign Ends July 12th!

Campaign ends July 12th! Help support our student campaign to build an outdoor gathering space offering joy and relief to the residents of the Bayview Commons Apartment Building in Bayview-Hunters Point, California Designed with Community, Built by Students https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kid-of-parts#/ The Bayview Commons Apartments is an affordable community in service since 2003, located in the Bayview-Hunters…

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Spring 2020 Ethics and Leadership Panel via Zoom Webinar

The School of Architecture Spring 2020 Ethics and Leadership Panel: Monday April 6  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM via Zoom Webinar (links below) The Spring 2020 Ethics and Leadership Panel brings to the fore a consistent underlying theme of all previous Ethics and Leadership dialogues. Asking the question - How can who we are shape…

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Ethics & Leadership Panel

The School of Architecture Fall 2019 Ethics and Leadership Panel: Monday November 18th 11:00 AM -12:30 PM Brannan Atrium The School of Architecture Fall 2019 Ethics and Leadership Panel brings the Design Team from the Lighthouse for the Blind to 601 Brannan to share their experience with our students and faculty. Chris Downey from Architecture…

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Gensler Diversity Scholarship

2019 Scholarship Deadline: December 2019 Gensler is committed to the education of emerging design talent. The firm has awarded nearly $300,000 in academic scholarships to students and graduates over the last 20 years. Gensler offers two U.S. scholarship opportunities annually for architecture and interior design students. We believe diversity ignites innovation in design. We believe…

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Ethics and Leadership Panel held on April 10th – Streaming Video

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Ethics & Leadership Panel

Ethics & Leadership Panel Featuring Emily Pilloton & Prescott Reavis Come join us at the upcoming Ethics & Leadership panel on Wednesday, April 10th at 601 Brannan. The theme of this panel is Youth Inclusion in Building Spaces and the panel will consist of Emily Pilloton and Prescott Reavis. Prescott Reavis is an Oakland based…

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Design Activism

Design Activism - Ethics and Leadership Panel in San Francisco     Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic of 5468796 Architecture will be at the panel which is moderated by Architect and Executive Director Mimi Sullivan at the AAU School of Architecture / Wednesday, November 7th 2018, 6pm at 601 Brannan Street, Large Atrium Space, San Francisco, CA…

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Ethics and Leadership 2018

Ethics and Leadership 2018 Wednesday April 11 6:00pm- 8:00pm The Spring 2018 Ethics and Leadership Panel will be considering the theme of Designing for Well Being. How have architects influenced and advocated for “well being” from the human environment to the health of the planet?  All of our panelists are architects whose education was guided…

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Architecture & Social Justice Ethics and Leadership Panel

Architecture & Social Justice Ethics and Leadership Panel   Wednesday October 18, 6:00pm Main atrium, 601 Brannan Street Please join the School of Architecture for our biannual Ethics and Leadership Panel. This Fall we are discussing the opportunities in Design to support, promote and empower Social Justice. Speakers Deanna Van Buren and Kyle Rawlins and…

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Ethics, Indeed

Ethics, Indeed   This week, AAU Architecture will be hosting another in its “Ethics and Leadership Panel” series. I will write more about this particular panel in the next post, as its guests, Deanna Van Buren and Kyle Rawlins, are an amazing firm who deserve pages and pages devoted to the power of their work.…

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Ethics and Leadership: Race, Diversity and Architecture Tuesday March 21, 6:00pm

AAU School of Architecture Ethics and Leadership Panel: Race, Diversity and Architecture Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm PST 601 Brannan Atrium Space ONLINE STUDENTS: This event will be live-streamed at 6:00pm PST - you can watch it and join in on the conversation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn6ZuWGeiLQ We are proud to introduce two amazing speakers, Gabrielle…

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Ethics and Leadership Panel: Public Space

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Fall 2015 Ethics & Leadership Panel

AAU School of Architecture Ethics and Leadership Panel : Social Equity   Monday, November 9th, 2015 11:00am -12:30pm 601 Brannan Atrium Space The event will be live-streamed and recorded at https://live4.academyart.edu/ethicsleadership/. This semester's Ethics and Leadership Panel event will focus on creating social equity through architectural education and professional practice. Panelists will give brief introductions to their work and…