2022 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Action Plan
These highlights allow an opportunity for self-reflection on areas where LMN has taken steps towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive firm and the ways in which we engage with our community partners in recent years.
LMN’s day-to-day operations include policies and procedures that impact the work experience of its employees and the ways in which LMN engages and represents itself within our profession and communities. Firm operations are especially relevant to the long-term impact on the careers of POC, women, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented professionals. LMN’s operations have a meaningful impact on both current professionals and young people contemplating their future career opportunities within the profession.
As individuals, within our practice areas, and as a firm we commitment to ongoing personal and professional growth. We acknowledge that continuous learning and development allows us to apply new ideas to our work and improve the ways in which we engage with each other, our community, and clients.
LMN finds success in collaborating with new partners, diverse project teams, and the variety of local communities. An inclusive design process is one in which programming and planning includes diverse stakeholders, project partners, and consultants at the earliest stages of design. LMN acknowledges that this is an ongoing learning process that is adaptive and based on the particular project and our ability to incorporate new ideas into our work. An inclusive design approach produces a better work environment and a better project outcome for our clients and the communities we serve.
LMN acknowledges that it is only a single member within the broader AEC industry. For long-term and meaningful changes to the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the design profession, LMN must be actively involved in our geographic and professional communities. Working within a larger cohort of professionals provides LMN the opportunity to provide broader representation that is need to draw new professionals into careers within AEC. In this community engagement we are not only able to improve our professional outlook but also enrich our own firm’s practice with a better understanding of the needs of upcoming professionals and the broader AEC community.
Being transparent with our periodic evaluation and reporting is how we will hold ourselves accountable to continuous growth and improvement. Intentional reflection allows LMN to be responsive to the changing needs of the industry, our communities, and the people within our firm.
* Statements and goals throughout the Action Plan with an “*” indicate an area where LMN is incorporating its Pledge to NOMA NW’s Call-To-Action. More information about the Call-to-Action is available at nomanw.org/call-to-action.