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Race & Architecture: Social Economic Justice & Policies Panel Conversation

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Race & Architecture graphic developed by local teens with Artists for Humanity.

  • COST

    Free and open to the public

  • TYPE

    Professional Development



Join this moderated discussion around creating change and advocating for more equitable policies for the future. Continue learning about the racial inequities perpetuating our society and profession, and put action behind renewed commitments to change.

As architects, we must understand the role we play in perpetuating systems of oppression and commit ourselves to designing and building for racial justice and equity. Understanding where past biases and motivations stem from before taking new actions will help us to shape future policies and create structural changes in our profession, our communities, and our society.


Ted Landsmark
Distinguished Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University


Nigel Jacob
Co-Chair/Co-Founder, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui
Mayor, City of Cambridge

Kirk A. Sykes
Managing Partner, Accordia Partners, LLC


Gregory O. Minott AIA

Managing Principal, DREAM Collaborative LLC
2020 Vice-President/President Elect, BSA

Natasha Espada AIA
founder and Principal, STUDIO ENÉE
2020 President, BSA

Race and Architecture Series
Architects, designers, and planners play an integral role in current systems of oppression and have a responsibility to use this influence of the designed world to design and build for equity. Join the BSA’s Race and Architecture series, focused on listening, learning, and engaging architects of color as we educate ourselves of the challenges at hand. The design of our communities and workplaces perpetuate racism in a series of obvious as well as inconspicuous ways; join us as we discover and discuss steps to create a just environment for all.

The moderated series will include a range of programs from stories about life as a Black architect to panels with public agencies, and more as we start to find not only answers, but the right questions.

Events will take place on the fourth Tuesday of every month.