Columbia | CBIPS Lecture Series: Social Justice and the AEC Industry
Mark Gardner, AIA, NOMA, Principal, Jaklitsch / Gardner
Samantha Josaphat, RA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED GA, President, nycoba|NOMA, Founder, STUDIO 397
Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D., FCIOB, NAC, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor, Columbia University
Projects and Policies: Advocating for the Future of New York City
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From Columbia | CBIPS:
As the events of the last months have demonstrated, we are living during exceedingly challenging times, characterized by divides, distrust and distancing. However far apart we have been, however far apart we currently are, we need to learn to come together, to be together, to act together, for social, economic, and environmental justices. I hope that the events of these days bring better understanding of the injustices that exist and become a catalyst to bring about real change for all. Along with many of our colleagues in New York City and around the world, the faculty and staff of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space would like to add our voices to those decrying institutional racism in the AEC industry. Today our industry has challenging work ahead, to achieve true racial and gender inclusion.
We need to stand with our architects, engineers, contractors, and suppliers, from under-represented and marginalized communities We need to listen better, to learn better, and to incorporate the lessons of diversity and distress into the way we, working together, can reshape economically challenged communities. We need to build a better future for our industry, characterized by respect, opportunity, and collaboration.
The CBIPS lecture series, Social Justice and the AEC Industry is seen as a mechanism to come together to discuss what can be done, and what is being done by architects and engineers in concert with community activists, elected officials, public agency heads and private sector leaders. The series will continue every Tuesday at noon into mid-November. We are pleased that we are collaborating on this series with other professional organizations, including: ACEC New York, AIA New York, Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU), Engineering News-Record (ENR), the National Academy of Construction (NAC) and nycoba|NOMA.
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