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Design for Equitable Communities: AIA Framework for Design Excellence

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This interactive self-paced course introduces the Design for Equitable Communities principle of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. It includes perspectives from planners and architects on how to create more equitable places through design processes and strategies.

The Design for Equitable Communities principle provides architects and design professionals guidance on how to enter every project ready to listen to and elevate the voices of those who are most impacted by the spaces they create. This course provides examples from the field as to how others are already creating more equitable outcomes through architectural practice.

These outcomes include creating spaces where everyone can actively participate in the envisioning, design, and creation of projects. Focusing on inclusivity through participation can help reduce the inequity that exists between communities, encourage self-determination, and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Course expires on 10/4/2026.

Learning Objectives


Understand the Framework for Design Excellence and Design for Equitable Communities principles


Empower communities by removing barriers and promoting inclusion


Apply design principles to engage and promote human connections


Support the health and resilience of communities


Support for the development of this course provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.