COMMITTEES
JUSTICE EQUITY DIVERSITY INCLUSIVITY (JEDI)

AIA-LA & SO-CAL NOMA | J.E.D.I

What is J.E.D.I?

A joint AIA|LA and SoCal NOMA committee with the purpose of advancing issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession where:

JUSTICE is acknowledging and denouncing racism, removing barriers, and promoting equitable opportunities in the profession for all individuals;

EQUITY is allocating resources to ensure every practitioner has access to the same opportunities and outcomes;

DIVERSITY is encompassing an array of practitioners who represent varied experiences and perspectives;

INCLUSION is fostering a sense of belonging for all voices and perspectives to feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to fully participate.

J.E.D.I Committee’s Mission/Function:
We seek to advance issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession. The committee can find itself most productive as a body to listen and understand the deeper issues, to facilitate and inspire commitment and action, to develop programs and initiatives that influence mission-congruent decisions, and to demonstrate progress through findings of measuring, reporting and accountability tools.

PREVIOUS YEARS

UPCOMING EVENTS
08.31.21
How to Create a JEDI Initiative at Your Firm
This joint venture event (AIALA J.E.D.I & Practice Committees) brings together several architectural firms to discuss how each practice started J.E.D.I. (Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusivity) initiatives in their firms.

PAST EVENTS
06.15.21
Town Hall: Pascale Sablan, FAIA
This forum will serve as a chance to learn more about the initiatives that Ms. Sablan is helping to move forward, including the Say It Loud Exhibition series, her work with the ACE Mentorship program, and her role as the 2021 NOMA president-elect.
06.29.21
Designing Healthy Communities
The AIA Los Angeles Committees JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Architecture in Healthcare invite you to this joint committee event on equity in healthcare. This is a moderated panel of professionals with diverse perspectives coming together to discuss healthy communities, access to healthcare and wellness and how diversity in design can help enact change.

04.19.21
Open Forum –
In Support of LA's AAPI Design Community
This forum serves to reflect on the rise and coverage of the recent anti-Asian hate crimes and how it’s affecting our AAPI design community in LA.
04.22.21 + 04.23.21
Encompass
Encompass is the AIALA conference dedicated to increasing diversity in the architectural profession.
03.25.21
Discover Iranian-American Culture & Architects in LA
As part of the ongoing J.E.D.I. Voices series, we feature the first event of Iranian-American architects by providing a window to the culture as it is experienced in LA & the local architects.

03.03.21
Where are My People? Hispanic and Latinx in Architecture with Dr. Kendall A. Nicholson
Our first 2021 session will focus on where we are today, by discussing the findings of the Where are My People? Hispanic and Latinx in Architecture survey with the author Kendall A. Nicholson.
Deadline: 02.10.21
Tell Your Journey Tell Your Journey
As we celebrate Black History Month, the AIALA J.E.D.I. committee invites our Black members to share a piece of their journey, whether professional or personal.
01.19.21
Roundtable Discussion: Paul Revere Williams Day Working Group
Paul Revere Williams Day is envisioned as a yearly event series that raises awareness, builds connections, and reinforces our efforts to improve the diversity of our pipeline for AEC professions.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
CHAIR
Joshua Foster, Assoc. AIA
CHAIR
Leslie Sydnor, AIA
VICE CHAIR
Genelle Brooks-Petty, Assoc. AIA
VICE CHAIR
Ziba Ghassemi, AIA
STAFF LIAISON
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA

CREDITS
PHOTO: Banner: Kaiser Permanente, Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center. Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. Detail of image by: Bruce Damonte