Choice and Voice: Accessibility in Higher Education

When my son was diagnosed with dyslexia five years ago, I read everything I could about the learning difference — the struggles and complications, but also aptitudes and strengths. As an architect, I was compelled to explore the impact of planning and design on the equity and success of all learners inside and outside of the classroom. As an adjunct professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), I grew more aware of the students in my classroom and their backgrounds, differences, and perspectives. I started really talking to my students: I engaged them in uncomfortable conversations and sought their feedback on my professional projects. I learned from them, and those lessons fed my desire to dig deeper, research more, and make a difference.  

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Where Are My People? Native American, First Nations & Indigenous in Architecture

Kendall A. Nicholson, Ed.D., Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED GA
ACSA Director of Research and Information

Architecture is a discipline inextricably tied to the land on which we live. This land has a story and uncovering the racial disparities across the continent is one way to tell it. Where Are My People? is a research series that investigates how architecture interacts with race and how the nation’s often ignored systems and histories perpetuate the problem of racial inequity. Where Are My People? Native and Indigenous in Architecture chronicles both societal and discipline specific metrics in an effort to highlight the experiences of Native American, First Nations, Alaskan Native, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous designers, architects, and educators. This research report follows the first three parts of the series, Where Are My People? Black in ArchitectureWhere Are My People? Hispanic and Latinx in Architecture, and Where Are My People? Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander in Architecture.

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1 x 1: The Potential of the Singular

This year, the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) Center invited researchers and practitioners to expand the recognized range of practices. The Center also encouraged individual women in architecture to uncover the diversity of singular contributions made by women in the profession and related disciplines — highlighting the impact that certain individual instances, efforts, or artifacts have had upon the architectural discipline. Now, the IAWA Center invites you to the 2021 IAWA Symposium on March 23-26, 2021. Register online.

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