Support black women in architecture school!

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African American women are hugely underrepresented in architecture--just 0.3 percent, fewer than 500 black women, are licensed architects in the U.S.

We're fundraising to create a scholarship specifically for black women in architecture in honor of Desiree V. Cooper, AIA, a DC-area architect who tragically passed in 2015. Help us honor Desiree's memory by creating a pathway to equity in architecture.

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$25,000 will fund 1 Diversity Advancement Scholarship
$50,000 will fund 2 Diversity Advancement Scholarships
$75,000 will fund 3 Diversity Advancement Scholarships
$100,000 will fund 4 Diversity Advancement Scholarships
$125,000 will fund 5 Diversity Advancement Scholarships
$150,000 will fully endow 1 Diversity Advancement Scholarship in perpetuity

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The Architects Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 59-3819154. Learn more about the Architects Foundation at

Photo: Desiree Cooper, AIA, courtesy of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

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