PHOTO: Compton Community Center. BASE Architecture

ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture, What’s Next? 

Encompass is the AIALA conference intended to advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and environmental justice. In 2021, the conference’s fifth year, the program is organized by the AIALA and So Cal NOMA J.E.D.I Committee, to answer:

4 years, 100+ Speakers, 600+ Attendees, 30 Conference Hours…Year 5? What’s Next?


As a 2-day virtual event with the mission to increase urban equity and resilience in the communities we serve, the 5th annual “Encompass: Inclusive Architecture” conference will strengthen diversity and inclusion in the AEC professions and in the academic programs that provide the pathway to careers in architecture & design.



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Day 1 – Thursday, April 22, 2021

Day 2 – Friday, April 23, 2021

Encompass is a Virtual Conference

2.5 LU/HSW per Day





AIA Members/$40 (1 day) / $60 (2 day)

Public/$60 (1 day) / $90 (2 day)

Students/ $20 (includes both days)



Encompass is made possible by the generous firms who support EDI in the A/E/C industries.

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Marco Ramirez
Senior Manager, Community Development at Jordan Downs, BRIDGE Housing Corporation
Ivory Rose Chambeshi
Community Development Program Manager/City Planner, City of Los Angeles
Demar Matthews
Founder/Principal, OffTOP Design
Vijay Sehgal, FAIA
Founding Partner, FSY Architects, Inc.
Mitra Memari, AIA
Partner, ZGF Architects
Lance Collins, AIA
Director, Partner Energy

Aaron Greene
Assistant Professor of Architecture, California Baptist University
Mark Horvath
Founder, Invisible People
Jason Foster
President and COO, Destination Crenshaw
Anthony Jolly
Owner, Hot + Cool Cafe
Kandee Lewis
CEO, Positive Results Center
Vincent Jones
CEO + Chief Strategist, Citizen Jones Consulting

Rita Cofield
Lead Organizer, Mafundi Institute/Friends at Mafundi (FAM)
Tony Gonzales, AIA
Vice President, Architecture Practice Leader, West Division, HNTB
Brandon “Stix” Salaam-Bailey
Wade Killefer, FAIA
AIALA President, Founder - KFA
Miguel Cabral
Executive Officer, Diversity & Economic Opportunity, Los Angeles Metro
Jennifer Trotter
Community Relations & DEI Manager, Plenary Americas

Parini Mehta, AIA
Associate Principal, CO Architects

Rene Rodriguez
Director, Egan|Simon Architecture
Genelle Brooks-Petty
Principal Interior Designer, BPC Interior Design
Carmen Suero, Assoc. AIA
Principal, Good Project Company
Leslie Sydnor, AIA
Director, Cumming Corporation

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Champion Sponsors

Student Scholarship

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