Columbia | CBIPS Lecture Series: Social Justice and the AEC Industry
Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond the Built Environment
Tonja Adair, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Co-founder, Splice Design, Past-president, nycoba|NOMA
Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D., FCIOB, NAC, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor, Columbia University
I Was Asked to Stand
This lecture will educate and empower participants to understand the cause and possible solutions to the disparity in the lack of representation, documentation, and acknowledgment of the great works of women and minority architects. Divided into five sections, we will focus on the hisotry of the problems, how we can proactively change our profession, and future aspirations to continue the fight for equality. First we will address the lack of knowledge amongst the general population of the existence of women and diverse designers and the forces of erasure. Secondly, we will highlight the flaws within the education system, enrollment, graduation rates, and teaching of diverse architects. Thirdly, we will explore why rhe rate of African-American architects in the profession has remained stagnant at 5% for nearly a decade. Fourth, we will show examples of how architects can serve as advocates. And lastly with architects as advocates, we discuss how collaboration can make an impactful difference.
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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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