These past weeks we’ve taken a step back. We’ve been reflecting on past actions, listening to powerful voices in our community, and re-learning our history. Having uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and with each other is only the first step and by no means the last. ⠀
As members of an industry where only 2% of licensed architects are Black, we must take action. Architecture plays a role in shaping our society and must be a reflection of its immense diversity. We pledge to continue to show up for you; walking in protests, actively educating ourselves, pausing our own voices to listen to yours. We must foster equity in an industry ripe with disparity. We feel it is incumbent upon us to use our resources to take immediate action to support organizations working towards change. We’re donating to NOMA, The National Organization of Minority Architects, an organization working to champion justice and equity in communities of color and the design professions. We’re also donating to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, an organization tirelessly fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education. ⠀
While this contribution is a start, we know it is not enough. We’re currently crafting a long-term strategy to upend racial inequality, hold ourselves accountable for the role we play, and foster a more diverse and inclusive design community. ⠀
We have work to do.