The AIA held its second diversity plenary, Value: The Difference – a Toolkit for Firms, on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in San Francisco. This plenary brought together AIA Board members, collateral organizations, related organizations, firm representatives, interns, and students to identify tools, resources and approaches that can be utilized to increase diversity and inclusion within architecture firms.

This is the final outcome of this meeting. It is a diversity toolkit for firms—an online resource designed to assist firms in a variety of topic areas. Subjects addressed include: diversity management, HR policy, pipeline development, recruitment into architecture schools and the profession, succession planning, and women within the profession. Our thanks to the many professionals who gave their time to help create this living document. We hope that it will become a springboard for incorporating diversity and inclusion into the practice of architecture.  AIA.