Equity Resources: Black History Month Edition

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee continues its series on equity in architecture. From podcasts to film to Instagram accounts worth following, we’re rounding up the best in relevant resources to keep working toward a more equitable profession.

While we work to bring you resources and recognize BIPOC each and every month, in this edition, we acknowledge Black History Month and provide even more resources to raise awareness of racial inequalities.


Hollywood’s Architect

The first African American AIA member, architect Paul R. Williams, was one of the most successful architects of his time. But at the height of his career he wasn’t always welcome in the buildings he designed because of his race. Hollywood’s Architect will tell the story of how he used talent, determination and even charm to defy the odds and create a celebrated body of work.


Design Justice

What is the relationship between design, power, and social justice? “Design justice” is an approach to design that is led by marginalized communities and that aims explicitly to challenge, rather than reproduce, structural inequalities. It has emerged from a growing community of designers in various fields who work closely with social movements and community-based organizations around the world. Even better: The link above takes you to purchase via the Black-owned Denver bookseller, Matter.



The @archsowhite Instagram account visualizes racial inequality in Architecture.


Eames Lounge x Mike Ford Mashup

Herman Miller and Hip Hop Architecture Camp Founder Michael Ford are collaborating to provide a platform for honest conversations about racial inequity, social justice, and hope—by way of a remixed iconic design. 

When Charles and Ray Eames conceptualized the Eames Lounge Chair, they defined it as a “special refuge from the strains of modern living.” In continuing this mission, Michael Ford redesigned the iconic chair with handwritten names of victims of racism in the U.S. as a stark reminder that these Black men, women, and children were not afforded the privilege of refuge. 

The chair will travel through February 2021, hosting conversations surrounding racial disparities. Donations support the Hip Hop Architecture Camp, internships, and give you a chance to win the chair.


Podcast: Yo! Is this Racist?

Yo, Is This Racist?, hosted by Andrew Ti, creator of the popular blog of the same name, is now a weekly podcast! Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

Looking for more books, podcasts, and articles?
Visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness page to see the full series. 

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