DEI in our DNA

Our unique experiences and perspectives remain one of our greatest strengths.

Empowering people and places to thrive begins with empathy. To understand the unique needs of our diverse clients and communities, we must reflect that diversity in our team. We make room for more important stories to be shared through the collaboration of community-driven efforts and our design work.

Our DEI ethos

Design for all

Our work often intersects with the public realm, and we carefully account for accessibility, inclusivity, and just spaces for all members of the community to enjoy.

Support inclusivity

People are at the heart of everything we do. We make sure everyone feels welcome, heard, and encouraged to collaborate. Diversity and belonging is essential to our success and each of us is integral to our projects and our firm.

Social Infrastructure

Our responsive planning and active engagement utilizes the built environment for physical storytelling. We uplift the voices, give agency to individuals, and celebrate the rich heritage of all communities.

We are proud to be a Women-Led Firm

We’re proud to be a diverse firm that leads the profession in equity and representation. Historically women are underrepresented in architecture—not just at the top of the field but at all levels of practice. Quinn Evans stands apart as a women-owned and women-led firm, finding growth and success directly tied to enhancing diversity.

55%
of Firm are Women
52%
of Leadership are Women
51%
of Firm is Women-Owned
13.4%
of Leadership are Minorities
5.2%
of Firm is Minority-Owned

The Support System

Our firm-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI) fosters an inclusive culture and provides support, safe spaces, and educational resources for our diverse workforce. The committee provides regular updates and recommendations to our Board of Directors in the following ways:

  • Influences firm culture and hiring practices
  • Sponsors internal diversity training
  • Supports open dialogue about race and social justice issues
  • Holds quarterly all-staff book discussions
  • Endorses annual membership in the President’s Circle of the National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA)
  • Hosts annual NOMA-Student Fellowship

director of diversity & inclusion

Saundra Little, FAIA, NOMA

313-261-0477

DEI In Action

Creating an Oasis in a Food Desert

A new mixed-use building brings job training and education in the culinary arts to an underserved urban neighborhood.

DEI In Action

Drawing Inspiration from History for an Inclusive Future

An inclusive public engagement process revealed community priorities related to “place saving” of this school’s important civil rights history.

Sustainability in Action

Building Environmental Justice

Autocase – in partnership with Quinn Evans, Stantec, HOK, Jacobs, and the AIA LFRT – has announced the release of a free online environmental justice tool to help support more equitable decisions in the built environment.

EJ Tool logo.

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