Doug Davis and Rick Dumas, Founders and Principals of AE3 Architects + Project Managers

We are celebrating Black History Month this year as one of the largest 100% Black-Owned Architecture firms on the west coast. Our principals Rick Dumas and Doug Davis founded AE3 in 2007 and their commitment to diversity runs deep with 73% of our employees being people of color.

“We wanted to create a workplace where inclusion and transparency were the key elements to our success.”

– Doug Davis

In 2016, the American Institute of Architects conducted a study that estimated only 2-3% of all architects in the United States are black.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2019 that only 25% of architects in the United States are women. AE3 has always been committed to diversity. Diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords or targets – they are facts about who we are, and what we stand for, that are woven into the ethos of our company.

Our firm has always tried to hire the most qualified person for each position, and it has not been difficult for us to find people of color, women, or members of the LGBTQ+ community for roles in every level of our organization.  As a company committed to diversity, we attract talent that thrives in this environment. Individuals who have been traditionally overlooked,  know that AE3  is an inclusive community that will never exclude a candidate because of the color of their skin, the person they love, or their gender identity.

“With AE3, we’ve been able to build something special.”

– Rick Dumas

We thrive in the power of different perspectives and we welcome each individual’s point of view. The industry of architecture offers an opportunity that other careers do not, which is the chance to change the physical appearance of the world we live in. However, throughout American history, these opportunities have been monopolized by people who did not take pride in facilitating diversity, and did not consider how the changes implemented by their designs would impact the communities which were being changed.  Our communities need spaces that reflect the communities they serve and there is no better way to do that than hiring architects that are committed to preserving that.

In hiring a diverse group of people, from a variety of communities it is our hope and our intention that AE3 Partners will utilize our diversity of perspectives and experiences to build a more inclusive world.

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