American Institute of Architects (AIA): Advocates for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work. Their work drives positive change through the power of design. In addition, to its values, the Institute has developed a series of “Where We Stand” statements that clarify its position on key issues facing the profession.
AIA Resources for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI): The AIA is actively engaged in furthering and supporting multiple initiatives and goals such as the Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee (EQFA), K-12 strategies, Women Leadership and Multicultural Summits that value EDI for people of all backgrounds.
Member Organizations: Groups that deliver tailored online tools, access to forums and other significant resources to elevate practice and advocate for architecture): Center for Civic Leadership, International Practice Committee, Resilience Network, Young Architects Forum.
Association of Licensed Architects (ALA): Supports architects and professions related to architecture, throughout their careers.
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA): Its mission is to build a strong national organization, strong chapters and strong members for the purpose of minimizing the effect of racism in the architecture profession.
City and Regional Planning
American Planning Association (APA): Provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
APA Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: This strategy sets forth an association-wide plan for how the APA better promotes the understanding and practices of diversity and inclusion, both within and outside the planning community and profession.
Divisions: Communities of professionals with shared interests to discuss ideas, contribute to national policy work, develop conference sessions, build partnerships, and stay up to date on the planning issues): International, Latinos and Planning, LGBTQ, Planning and the Black Community, Women and Planning.
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning: A consortium university departments and programs offering planning degrees as well as programs that offer degrees affiliated with planning. ACSP connects educators, researchers, and students, to advance knowledge about planning education and research.
Committee on Diversity: The purpose of the committee is to carry on the work of the Diversity Task Force by working with and encouraging planning schools to develop specific programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity as well as expanding diversity in the curriculum.
Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG): The POCIG recommends projects and initiatives to the ACSP annually.
Planners Network: An association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in the current political and economic systems.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA): The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly-accessible sustainable design resources.
ASLA Commitment to Diversity: For the profession of landscape architecture to remain relevant and responsive, it must better represent the communities and people it serves. Greater diversity brings new perspectives and thought leadership, strengthens professional/community connections, and supports social equity. The undersigned organizations hereby make a commitment to increase resources and actions that: recruit and retain underrepresented students to landscape architecture programs; help mentor graduates into professional life and leadership; and foster an inclusive and welcoming practice environment. Together, we pledge to work toward a diverse profession fully reflective of our nation. By 2025, we will endeavor to achieve a professional profile that correlates with the 2012 population-share estimates*, while working toward the longer-term goal of parity with 2060 projections for the nation as a whole.
Diversity Summit: In 2013, ASLA convened its first Diversity Summit with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of why landscape architecture is failing to attract a more diverse profile. Each summit has brought together a group of experienced and emerging landscape architects who identify as African American or Latinx to develop strategies that address diversity issues in the field.
Professional Practice Networks: Groups that help support practice and provide a forum to make connections: Environmental Justice, Sustainable Design and Development, Women in Landscape Architecture.
National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP): An interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions. Members are public and private sector professionals who promote excellence in decision-making in light of environmental, social, and economic impacts of those decisions. NAEP provides the access and network for individuals to grow as professionals.
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility: Advocates for a society where investments are made in buildings that lift people up, and where willful human rights abuses are a thing of the past. They believe that the design professions can help provide leadership to achieve a just, peaceful, and equitable world.
Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN): An international federation committed to improving the quality of urban life through the contribution of the arts, culture and creative industries.