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 inclusivity 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;

INCLUSIVITY  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 inclusivity 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.


EVENTS
06.02.22
Hyper-Connected Architecture in Iran – Majara Residence Case Study (J.E.D.I Voices)
This event will feature a brief introduction to the Iranian vernacular building techniques and sustainable design strategies, followed by a case study from the Iranian-based firm of ZAV Architects, highlighting the firm’s magnificent design for Majara Residence in the Hormoz region.
09.28.22
How to Sustain J.E.D.I Initiatives at Your Firm: Checking In, One Year Later
Starting with an overview by SoCal NOMA of the findings of the DEI Challenge for 2021, each speaker will then speak about the programs each firm has activated in the past year.

03.24.22 & 03.25.22
Encompass: Inclusive Architecture From the Block to the Beach
The 6th annual “Encompass: Inclusive Architecture” conference will focus on the expanded access to urban resources and sought land use justice within two distinct communities in Southern California: South Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach.
03.30.22
Latinas In Architecture
Join a panel discussion around the experiences of Latinas in Architecture, moderated by Alicia Ponce author of the book “Latinas in Architecture”.
04.28.22
Discover Stories of Iranian-American Architects in LA
As part of the ongoing J.E.D.I. Voices series, we feature the second event of Iranian-American architects, showcasing local architects journey in architecture.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
CHAIR
Genelle Brooks-Petty, Assoc. AIA
CHAIR
Carmen Suero, Assoc. AIA
VICE CHAIR
Johanna Hauser, AIA
PAST CHAIR
Joshua Foster, Assoc. AIA
PAST CHAIR
Leslie Sydnor, 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