Architecture plays a visceral and a visually vital role in the shaping of our communities, yet the Architecture profession is profoundly lacking in diversity, specifically Black American representation. While Black Americans make up 13% of the US population, out of the 115,000 nationally registered architects, they represent a dismal 2.5% with Black American women representing a staggering less than 0.5%. In its continued commitment to actionable accountability through increasing the diversification of the Architectural profession, AIA Miami is initiating a scholarship program specific to the advancement of Black Americans into the profession. The scholarship will strategically focus on education, with the purposeful aim of providing opportunities to facilitate an increase in the number of black American architecture graduates; with the potential of becoming licensed professionals, a forward step in closing the racial disparity gap within the profession.
The Black American Diversity scholarship supports the recruitment and retention of Black Americans in accredited architectural degree programs by assisting scholarship recipients with offsetting the cost of tuition, books, and materials. A minimum of one scholarship valued up to $1,500 will be awarded annually. The number and value of awards may vary year-to-year based on applications and available funds.
Each scholarship recipient receives AIA Miami community exposure, in addition to the funds towards an architecture NAAB accredited degree cost.