The following is a June 29 press release from The American Institute of Architects, the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the American Institute of Architecture Students voicing support for the importance of affirmative action policies at colleges and universities in the United States. This joint statement comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against affirmative action practices.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other allied organizations recognize that even with affirmative action, the number of minorities enrolled in our nation’s colleges and universities is disproportionate to our demographics. By removing these protections, we are concerned that the impact of underrepresentation may worsen outcomes for everyone.

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging represent our combined core values. We will continue to advocate for inclusive collegiate admissions because its educational benefits are integral to moving the architecture profession forward. Diverse student perspectives and lived experiences will not only enrich the next generation of architects and design professionals, but also shape our world through the built environment they will design. We are committed to the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public, which includes ensuring that our future workforce reflects the population it serves.

Join us in supporting students with programs, legislation and solutions that will address inequity in society and our educational institutions. Please visit AIA, AIAS, ACSA, and NOMA for more information on how you can help students.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)