Named for famed Italian humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti, the Alberti Program is one of the Sam Fox School’s longest running community outreach programs, with the first session occurring in the summer of 2007.
It was the brainchild of senior lecturer Gay Lorberbaum and Bruce Lindsey, former dean of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. These co-founders recognized that many young people receive no exposure to design education in their school curriculum or at home, leading to limited participation in the field of architecture, particularly among minorities and individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. More national awareness and research is growing for Learning by Design Programs that find opportunities to amplify diversity and inclusion in the field of architecture.
In 2016, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion selected the Alberti Program: Architecture for Young People as the 2016 honoree of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program.
The AIA Diversity Recognition Program recognizes architects, AIA chapters, educational institutions, and organizations that are actively committed to increasing diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.
The honorees’ initiatives were featured at the Diversity and Inclusion booth at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia and were celebrated during the Multicultural Fellows and Diversity Recognition Recipient Reception on May 21, 2016.