Equity Committee

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The Equity Committee of AIABaltimore seeks to promote an inclusive environment for all design professionals. We celebrate diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and achievements by providing networking opportunities, a platform for change, and a forum for mentorship and personal and career development.

The committee meets every 2nd Thursday at 6 p.m. Location varies.

Contact the committee chairs for information about joining:

Valerie Kirkley, AIA
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.

Hilary Zoretic, AIA
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.

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  • Open Letter to Robert Ivy 11.15.16 - We pen our voices in unison with others who are beyond disappointed with the perceived collective support the AIA has announced this week for the President-Elect and the newly elected Congress. There is much harm in turning a blind eye to human rights issues, and in the permission granted by an elite few to normalize a discourse of hate in this country. continue reading
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