Beyond the Built Environment
The role of architects in community life has been rendered largely irrelevant as the profession has historically been, and continues to be, an exclusive resource serving primarily wealthy patrons. Such exclusivity fosters and perpetuates great inequity in the built environment - inequities which more adversely affect communities of color. In 1968, activist Whitney Young sharply rebuked the profession by stating "You are not a profession that has distinguished itself by your social and civic contributions to the cause of civil rights… You are most distinguished by your thunderous silence and your complete irrelevance". My belief is that strong and healthy communities, rich in diversity make strong nations. As architects, we have the power to represent more than ourselves and representation is quintessential to achieving equitable diversity.
Beyond the Build Environment celebrates the contributions of diverse designers and advocates for equitable built environments and communities.