Live Course: The ROI of Investing in Diversity

Come learn about how one company implemented recommendations found in AIA's Guides to Equitable Practice.


Last year, HKS hired their first director of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Find out how this role has changed their firm culture and created an environment that inspires limitless thinking and lasting effort. Dan Noble, FAIA President & CEO, joins Yiselle Santos, Assoc. AIA, Director of HKS’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion program to share how they implemented AIA’s Guides to Equitable Practice to improve firm culture, raise employee satisfaction, and bring their successes and creative energy to the clients and communities they design for.

Workplace culture affects every aspect of a firm, and it is vital for firm leaders and employees to both understand and become aware of current cultural patterns driving perception and behavior in the workplace. There is no single ideal workplace culture; the place, people, and goals of every firm are different. AIA’s Guide to Equitable Practice provide key insights to help individuals, firms, and other organizations build equity, diversity, and inclusion in architecture.  

Date: January 21, 2020 at 3 PM EST.

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Learning objectives

  • Participants will learn how implementing recommendations within the Equitable Guides to Practice can impact the processes a firm uses to design and make decisions, and how this can directly influence a firm’s ability to design for equitable access.
  • Participants will identify how a formal diversity and inclusion position can provide a firm better understanding of the need to involve communities in the design process, better enabling a firm to design for their needs and experience.
  • Participants will develop an understanding of what ‘firm culture’ means, and how properly implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives can improve innovation and the ability to design for the needs of the community they serve.
  • Participants will explore how an improved firm culture and increased efforts in Equity and Inclusion can affect overall public perception, encouraging interaction between the firm and community.
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  • Dan Noble


    President and CEO | HKS

    Dan Noble, FAIA is President and CEO at HKS. An architect, Dan leads the strategy and development...
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    Yiselle Santos Rivera


    Global Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion | HKS, Inc.

    Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LSSYB, WELL AP, LEED AP, is a medical planner and the...