Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental to the values reflected in our code of professional ethics and must be fostered throughout our organization, the profession, our workplaces, and communities. We strive to cultivate a sense of safety and belonging for all individuals while creating an atmosphere of deep collaboration that cuts across demographic and hierarchical lines.
Interested in shaping the conversation around equity, diversity, and inclusion within the BSA community? Join the EDI Network.
When designers come together to change the systems that perpetuate violence and cruelty, we will harness our energies to create more just, equitable, and inclusive communities. We must work together as a community and through our practice to change these systems. We do not have the answer, but we will not stop until there is no longer a question of whether we live in a just world. There are many steps still to be taken, but the below is a start to educate ourselves and be aware of the challenges at hand.
Table of Contents
AIA's Guides for Equitable Practice
These guides will help you make the business and professional case for ensuring that your organization meets the career development, professional environment, and cultural awareness expectations of current and future employees and clients.
AIA National Racial Equity Initiative
Harnessing the passion of our members and the broader design community, AIA is taking steps to advance racial justice and equity in our organization, in our profession, and in our communities.
This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.
Anti-racism Design Resources
This document is intended to uplift Black design communities, serve as a resource for communities in need of pro bono design services, and serve as a resource to non-Black and white people to deepen our anti-racism work within design disciplines.
BIPOC in Design
This constantly updated list of Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) designers indicates if a studio is Black or woman owned, as well as location and hiring status. Know of studios not listed? Submit additions to [email protected]
Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Institution
A chart outlining the steps towards becoming an anti-racist multicultural institution.
Design Justice for Black Lives
The fight against racism and police brutality demands we leverage our professional connections and privileges in the name of advancing justice. Use these pre-filled emails to send to your network.
The Directory of African American Architects
The Directory of African American Architects is maintained as a public service to promote an awareness of who African American architects are and where they are located.
200 Black Creators by Sean Canty
Two Hundred Black Creators is a little passion project initially featured as a form of counter-programming on social media. This list consists of Black Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, Historians, Urban Planners, Artists, Furniture, Industrial, and Product Designers, Design Advocates, and Creative Entrepreneurs.
Note: If you're going to purchase books, we suggest Frugal Bookstore, the only Black-owned bookstore in Boston.
- The Aesthetics of Equity | Craig Wilkins
- The Color of Law | Richard Rothstein
- From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime | Elizabeth Hinton
- How to be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
- Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design | Kat Holmes
- The New Jim Crow | Michelle Alexander
- Palaces for the People | Eric Klinenberg
- White Fragility | Robin DiAngelo
Online articles and documents
- Aggregate: Black Lives Matter
- America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress
- Architects, Designers and Planners: #BlackLivesMatter and You Must Speak Up!
- Conversation with Mabel O. Wilson
- Curbed Series: On Race & Architecture
- Dear White Architects, Be B.R.A.V.E, Not Sad. Love, NOMA
- How the Rodney King Riots changed LA architecture
- How to End Anti-Blackness in Cities
- Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Barriers to Entry
- Opinion: Blackout — Amplifying the Voices of Blackness Within Architecture
- Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back
- What Urban Design Can Actually Do to Address Police Violence
- 15 Pioneering Black Architects Who Shaped America
- Undesign the Redline
- Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968
- Architecture in Dialogue: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture
- Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America
- Say It Loud: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA
- Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception
Groups to Follow and Support
Statements on Injustice
- AIA: Equity, diversity, and inclusion
- NOMA’s Public Statement Regarding Racial Injustice | May 31, 2020
- AIA Minnesota: Broken | June 2020
- A Message from the BSA on Racism | June 3, 2020
- AIA Board statement on systemic racial injustice | June 4, 2020
- Addressing Racial Injustice in Architecture and the BSA | June 25, 2020
*Note: This is a constantly evolving resource, if you have suggestions please contact [email protected]