March 19, 2021

As violence against members of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community has increased, we continue to honor our ongoing promise to our members, to all students, and to the practice of architecture that the AIAS will always amplify the voiceless, denounce injustice, and stand in solidarity with our communities of color. The AIAS does not tolerate and actively denounces discrimination of any kind including harassment, damaging rhetoric, and vicious attacks on individuals. We each have a responsibility to stand against words and actions that perpetuate discrimination towards anyone because of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. As students and soon to be emerging professionals we must not become complacent – we must hold ourselves, the profession, and society accountable and do the work each day to ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion remain the focus not only in the practice of architecture but in our everyday lives. This promise is renewed every single day because even the gains we’ve made are not enough.

The AIAS stands alongside the The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Asian American Architects/Engineers Association (AAa/e), The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and The Society of Hispanic Professional Architects – Arquitectos in support of civil rights and to amplify all voices committed to combating racism.

Erin Conti, 2020-2021 AIAS President


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