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Celebrating Black History Month

by Rebecca DeZeeuw

Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions of African Americans to our society and to celebrate their achievements. In the architecture industry, Black architects and designers have made significant contributions to the built environment and to the advancement of the field.

Tyra Duren, Director of Talent Development meeting with administration from Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School to discuss future internship opportunities for students.

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the architecture industry, and many firms, including Lawrence Group, have taken steps to increase representation of minority architects and designers.

Lawrence Group has established a diversity committee and launched initiatives to recruit and retain minority employees.

In an effort to connect with local learning institutions, HBCUs and community partners to provide professional opportunities to students and recent graduates while building a diverse talent pipeline to support the growing firm, Lawrence Group has launched the following initiatives for local students:

  • Career exploration days, site tours and event partnerships for 5th -10th grade students.
  • High School internships for 11th and 12th grade students.
  • College Internship opportunities dedicated to HBCU and local university partnerships.

Larraine Nunley, Design Professional, speaking to students during Cool Girls Hot Jobs at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls.

During Black History Month and beyond, it is important to continue to raise awareness of these challenges and to work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable architecture industry.

Black History Month serves as a reminder of the critical role that Black architects and designers have played in shaping our built environment. It is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, and to recommit to creating a more diverse and inclusive industry for the benefit of everyone.