The following is an AIA press release announcing the global firm Safdie Architects' commitment to support the Architects Foundation's Diversity Advancement Scholarship.

Safdie Architects today announced their commitment to support the Architects Foundation's Diversity Advancement Scholarship by funding a five-year student scholar entering or transferring into an architecture program in fall 2021.

The recipient will be supported throughout their scholarship by a mentor from Safdie Architects, as well as a paid internship at the firm following their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of school. In addition to the $20,000 scholarship, Safdie Architects will select a current Diversity Advancement Scholar for a paid internship this summer.

“We are thrilled to join with the Architects Foundation in its mission to broaden diversity within the field of architecture. At a time when systemic racism persists and the rights of many are being violated, we recognize the need for our industry to be proactive and outward-focused,” said Christopher Mulvey, Assoc. AIA, Safdie Architects’ Managing Principal. “We are committed to creating more opportunities for Black, Indigenous and people of color, both within the firm and in the profession-at-large.”

“Safdie’s commitment to advancing equity, diversity and philanthropy in the architecture profession is an inspiration, especially for firms across the country,” said Foundation President R. Steven Lewis, FAIA. “We are committed to advancing these critical and long overdue pathways in the profession. It’s leadership from firms like Safdie Architects that can help make progress a reality.”

The Architects Foundation annually runs an application process for Diversity Advancement scholars. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are under review and will be announced in late spring of 2021.

Learn more about donation and scholarship opportunities on The Architects Foundation website.