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DXD DAY 2024

Design by Diversity Day

Helen Liu Fong – 2024

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Design by Diversity Day (DxD) is a once-yearly event that connects professionals to students across many experience levels. DxD focuses on raising public awareness regarding the role of architectural design and creating outreach programs within student communities to develop a more diverse talent pipeline. Every year, the DxD block party highlights a renowned architecture figure in the Southern California region and this year we celebrated Helen Liu Fong!

This year, ACLA’s team emphasized a comprehensive approach to diversity, acknowledging that it encompassed more than just race, gender, and sexual orientation. Our impressive lineup of diverse leaders exemplified a forward-thinking perspective that recognized the multifaceted and evolving nature of the architectural profession and the broader communities it served.We made a meaningful contribution to educate and build our community.


DXD DAY 2023

Design by Diversity Day

Norma Merrick Sklarek – 2023

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The DxD Day Block Party was hosted on SCI-Arc’s campus on March 25th, 2023. The free all day event celebrated inclusivity in design-related professions by providing a wide range of activities and modes of engagements between students, educators, and professionals to share information, resources, and excitement for all aspects of design!

The event celebrated Norma Merrick Sklarek, one of the first African American women architects in the United States and also one of the first African- American female architects to be licensed in California.

Often called the “Rosa Parks of architecture”, her intelligence, talent, and tenacity allowed her to overcome racism and sexism and become a prominent architect and a leader in the progression. (Pioneering


DXD DAY 2022

Design by Diversity Day

Paul Revere Williams Day – 2022

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DxD hosted Paul Revere Williams Day Block Party on April 2, 2022, at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College Campus. The free all day event celebrated diversity in design professions and created a platform to provide support for Los Angeles youth interested in Architecture, Engineering and Construction to inspire a new generation to dream of designing the future. With various booth activities, mentoring sessions, keynote speakers and student competitions, the day was especially curated for students of all ages.

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