Since 2012 the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has released a report called By The Numbers that highlights current trends in the profession of architecture. Including diversity in the profession and the time it takes to acquire licensure. The architecture profession has traditionally been white male dominated and according to NCARB’s 2018 By the Number’s report, today 90 percent of architects identify as white to the combined 5 percent Latino and African Americans or 20 percent female vs 80 percent male.
While a number of women architects have recently ascended to more-prominent positions and global recognition , women and minorities are still underrepresented in the profession. Though they face numerous hurdles getting ahead today, the field is slowly starting to change. NCARB’s 2018 report states that 1 in 5 newly licensed architects identifies as a minority and 1 in 3 is female.
But the broader problem is not about the exception it’s about the general absence of women and minorities in the field today, whether it’s in design or related construction and engineering industries. It is up to us to help our youth see architecture as a viable profession for women and minorities.
Colorado is currently the second fastest growing state and is in need of diverse points of view in planning, architecture and design . Architecture plays a key role in social cohesion and using the principles of inclusiveness exemplifies the unique problem-solving our industry can offer when more diverse voices are added to the conversation.
The Student Relief and Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award a deserving current CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning undergrad student $7,000 dollars to help cover school expenses while also set up a separate $3,000 dollar fund that will help cover any unforeseen financial hardships throughout the school year for other students.
Statistically minorities are at risk of dropping out of college at a 25 percent higher rate than their peers. 50 Percent of those that dropout attribute their decision to financial hardships. The scholarship/fund’s goal is to help keep the already diverse students in the classroom and help them arrive into the field of architecture so they can one day serve as the diverse set of point of views. But most importantly, so they can become the minority role models the state of Colorado desperately needs.
We can not do this without your support. We encourage you to please donate to this scholarship by clicking on the donate links at the bottom and top of this page. If you would like to learn more contact us by using the contact tab at the top of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.