How KC-area architecture firms rank for diversity
Hoefer Welker ranks #8 among Kansas City-area architecture firms.
Kansas City’s architecture firms are more diverse in terms of gender than the rest of the nation’s architecture firms but much less diverse in terms of race/ethnicity than the national average.
Almost one-third, or 29.9%, of Kansas City-area architects at the 48 architecture firms that responded to the demographics section of a Kansas City Business Journal survey are women. Nationally, The American Institute of Architects reports that 23% of its architect members are female.
In terms of minorities, just 11.1% of local licensed architects are racial or ethnic minorities. According to data from AIA’s 2020 Membership Demographic Report, the national level for nonwhite architects is 21.5%.
This year, firms reported having 1% of Kansas City-area architects identifying as LGBTQ. The AIA’s report doesn’t address sexual orientation.
According to the Census Bureau, women make up 51% of the metro’s population. About 72% of metro residents were “white alone,” meaning about 28% of residents might be considered minorities.
An analysis of Gallup survey data estimates that 3.6% of Kansas City-area residents identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. That figure is based on surveys conducted by the analytics and advisory company between June 2012 and December 2014.