The AIA East Bay and SFNOMA hosted a Town Hall Meeting on June 30th focused on race and equity in architecture. The event was attended by over 250 online viewers while an additional 790 watched the video.
The Town Hall focused on why Black architects only make up 2% of the profession, what AIA East Bay can do to raise Black voices, increase Black engagement in the architect profession, and to find other ways to support the Black community.
Panelists discussed the barriers and struggles they have had to face as Black architects in a profession made up of predominantly White men.
The event closed with the AIA East Bay and SFNOMA agreeing that the best way to ensure a future where more Black students choose a career in Architecture and Design is to work together to continue to build upon each organizations current efforts in our public schools.
SFNOMA’s Project Pipeline and AIA East Bays Summer Architecture Camp at UC Berkeley both work with area schools to expose Black students to what its like to be an Architect.
Find out more about Project Pipeline here to see how you can get involved.
We would like to thank our moderator and panelists for sharing their stories and shedding light on the challenges of being a Black architect in America today.
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