WATCH: Increasing Diversity in Architecture & Planning

Q: How can you tell when a mentorship program for minority architects is successful?

A: When there is demand for it to become a national model!


UDream is a proven framework that can increase the numbers of BIPOC professionals and graduates nationwide. The UDream framework is customizable to fit the demographic, academic and professional characteristics of any region.

— Erica Cochran Hameen PhD, Assoc. AIA, NOMA and UDream Program Director


Watch Dr. Erica Cochran of Carnegie Mellon University and Marc Mondor, AIA along with Ashley Cox, AICP of evolveEA explain the impact of Pittsburgh’s UDream program and its national replicability on this national AIA broadcast (video below).


The UDream program has had a positive and  permanent impact on our region’s architecture and construction community, which is to say our entire built environment.

— Marc Mondor, AIA, Principal of evolveEA and Founding Chair of AIA PA EDI Committee

AIA Webinar on Implementing the UDream Program

Evolve EA