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Erin Agdinaoay , AIA, NOMA

Project Manager  |  Work Program Architects

Erin Agdinaoay is an Architect and Project Manager at Work Program Architects. Erin leads the firm’s hiring process and sees pay transparency as a tool to attract and retain diverse talent. In 2021, Erin led the creation of WPA’s Summer Internship & Scholarship for Diversity Advancement which has attracted LBGTQIA+ and racially diverse applicants from a dozen universities. Erin is an active member of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and believes the future resiliency of the profession and practice will be led by designers from nontraditional backgrounds. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design and is proud to be a second generation Filipino-American.


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Humans at Work: Where Progressive Firm Cultures and Policies Intersect

Achieving a more diverse workforce requires firms to be deliberate and take measurable actions. A lack of diversity in architecture can be a self-perpetuating cycle that reinforces unconscious biases. A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all areas of the workplace. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging has evolved from a "nice-to-have" to a mission-critical component for organizations to progress and stay competitive in the global market.

In this session, attendees will hear from representatives from a diverse group of architecture firm sizes and practices who will share their experiences successfully implementing inclusive and equitable firm policies such as salary transparency, inclusive firm policies for LGBTQ+ folks, equitable and inclusive parental leave, and support for early career professionals. Panelists will share their insights in why consideration for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and the needs of individuals is imperative for architects and their communities. This session will have ample Q&A time, allowing for attendees to engage with the panelists.

Hosted by the Young Architects Forum (YAF).

Course expires 10/7/2026

This session was recorded live on October 3, 2023.

1.50 LU