June 10, 2020
by: AIA New York
Photo: The All-Nite Images via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo: The All-Nite Images via Wikimedia Commons.

As much of our country comes together in support of Black Lives Matter, AIANY and the Center for Architecture have voiced their commitment to the dismantling of systemic racism from within the profession. As our statement reads, “An architect offers society specific skills that are not accessible to everyone and is often in a position of privilege; thus it falls on our community to put our hard-won problem-solving skills to work in the struggle for a more just and equitable society. This cannot be done if our profession continues to fail to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.”

To build a foundation for this change, we have gathered numerous anti-racism resources specifically for the architecture community. If you’d like to share feedback or add anything to this list, we’d love to hear from you. Please email membervoices@aiany.org with comments.

Build Equitable Practice 

Read NOMA’s Public Statement Regarding Racial Injustice (National Organization of Minority Architects) 

Resources on Race and Architecture (The Architectural League of New York)

Read the BlackSpace Manifesto (BlackSpace) 

Bryan Lee Jr.: American Cities Were Designed to Oppress (CityLab)  

Destiny Thomas: ‘Safe Streets’ Are Not Safe for Black Lives (CityLab) 

Sekou Cooke: Blackout — Amplifying the Voices of Blackness Within Architecture (Architectural Record) 

Racism is Built into US Cities. Here’s How Architects Can Fight Back (Fast Company) 

Dear White Architects, Be B.R.A.V.E, Not Sad. Love, NOMA (Metropolis Magazine) 

7 Important Books for Building an Anti-Racist Workplace (Fast Company) 

Justice for Black Lives Resources and References  (Colloqate)  

5 Essential Books to Read on Making Cities Anti-Racist (Curbed) 

Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List 

BPL Anti-Racism Syllabus (Brooklyn Public Library) 

Handbook Support Diversity: Good Growth by Design (Mayor of London, Mayor’s Design Advocates, Diversity Sounding Board)


Amplify Black Voices in Design 

The Directory of African American Architects 

BIPOC Studios 

Beyond the Built Environment 

Black Artists + Designers Guild 

Blacks Who Design 

Black Design Collective 

National Association of Black Women in Construction 

Black Interior Designers Network 

Follow Black Folks in Design 


Cast Your Vote 

Vote in the upcoming June 23, 2020 State and Federal primaries! Apply for an absentee ballot here. (Note: Requests for absentee ballots must be made by June 16.)


Support Black Businesses 

How to Support Black Owned Businesses in the Design Industry (Business of Home) 

Black-Owned Bookstores Across the US  

125 Black Owned Businesses to Support Right Now (New York Magazine) 

Black Owned Brooklyn 


Invest in Changing the Profession 

Advocate for Design Justice for Black Lives 

Join or donate to nycobaNOMA 

Join or donate to NOMA 

Donate to BlackSpace Urbanist Collective 

Donate to Beyond the Built Environment 

Donate to Black Artists + Designers Guild 

Donate to the Black Interior Designers Network 

Join the National Association of Black Women in Construction 


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