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Equity Diversity & Inclusion
Committee Charge:
AIA Orlando recognizes our roles in supporting and celebrating our members, employees, and partners regardless of national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. We further recognize the role of our organization and profession in supporting the same. The AIA Orlando Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established to provide opportunities for increased understanding among AIA Orlando members regarding issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Committee works specifically within the component’s sphere of influence in the following areas:
  • Support of Current and Future Firm Leaders.
  • AIA Orlando internal policies and practices.
  • Collaboration, communication, and outreach to industry and professional organizations within our service area on these issues.
This Committee was formed as an outgrowth of the work began by the AIA Orlando Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force.
EDI Committee Members:
Dan Kirby, FAIA
Keith Lashley, AIA
Kelli Addison, Assoc. AIA
Nathan Butler, FAIA
Tim Johnson, AIA*
Harry Lim
Ronok Nichols, AIA
Rebecca Talbert, AIA
Abigail McKnight
*AIA Orlando Board Liaison
The committee is open for additional volunteers. Please reach out to the Committee Chair to participate in an upcoming meeting.
2023 EDI Meeting Dates:
January 27
February 17
March 24
April 21
May 19
June 16
August 18
September 12
October 20
November 17
Meetings are held online at Noon ET.
AIA Orlando Member Demographics:
Data as of October 1st, 2022-
Building an Equitable Firm Online Forum Series presented by The EDI Committee: 
Click the link to watch past forums
Increasing Engagement and Trust Through Transparency, August 25, 2022
Investing in Community Transformation, April 21, 2022
Discovering Creativity in Thinking Differently, November 18, 2021
Revealing Architecture to K-12 Students, September 16, 2021 
Pride, Pronouns, & Gender-Neutral Spaces, June 17, 2021
Age Friendly Environments and Work Spaces, April 22, 2021
Social Justice History in the American Built Environment from Reconstruction to Redlining, February 18, 2021
Creating a Healthy and Equitable Firm Culture Forum 1: African American Perspectives, August 28, 2020
The Importance of Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent, December 3,2020
Demographic Data on the Profession
  • NCARB by the Numbers - Explore data on the number of licensed architects, gender and racial diversity, and attrition along the path to licensure.
  • Baseline on Belonging – Joint Study between NCARB and NOMA to identify how minority professionals experience obstacles on the path to licensure.
Improving Your Firm
Industry and Allied Organizations with ongoing EDI Efforts:
APA Florida
Architects Foundation
Black Architects in the Making (BAM!)
Design for Justice
National Organization of Minority Architects, Orlando Chapter
University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning
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