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Meaningful Action: Support HBCU Schools of Architecture +NOMA Pipeline!

  • 1.  Meaningful Action: Support HBCU Schools of Architecture +NOMA Pipeline!

    Posted 07-14-2020 10:51

    Peter Kuttner's message of June 11th resonated in my mind in regards to his comment".... how we might turn resolution into actions we can take together." Jan Wampler's NYT idea sparked me as well. I had spoken with two architects who are in the COF with the following idea and they agreed that this proposal was worthy of investigation.

    1. Take a Stand by supporting the education of future architecture students of minority background:


    The College of Fellows would send a message to the deans and faculty of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities [i.e. HBCU] list of twelve [12] architecture programs. The message would be personal and direct with offers to participate in juries and/or to sponsor summer internships and/or other activities as approved by College of Fellows.

    A contribution to each of the 12 HBCU architecture programs would be included in the message from the College of Fellows.

     

    Bluefield State University [WV]                      A.S. Architectural Engineering

    Florida State A+M University [FL]                   B.ARCH and M.ARCH

    Hampton University [VA]                                5 year M.ARCH

    Howard University [DC]                                  B.S. and B.ARCH and M.ARCH

    Morgan State University [MD]                        B.S and M.ARCH

    Norfolk State University [VA]                          A.S. Architectural Engineering

    North Carolina State A+T University [NC]       B.S. Architectural Engineering

    Prairie View State A+T University [TX]            B.S. and M.ARCH

    St. Phillips/Alamo Community College [TX]    A.S. Architecture

    Tennessee State University [TN]                    B.S. Architectural Engineering

    Tuskegee University [AL]                                B.ARCH

    University of District of Columbia                   B.S. and M.ARCH


    2. Take a Stand by supporting efforts to educate K-12 students of minority background of a career in architecture

     

    A contribution to the National Organization of Minority Architects [i.e. NOMA] Project Pipeline Fund would be made with a possible multi-year commitment.

     

    According to the NOMA website, the Project Pipelines "serves a diverse population of K-12 students, all of whom are underrepresented in the design field. Our program better prepares students for college and life beyond. Through project pipeline, young people grasp the significance of architecture in their daily lives, as well as the broader cultural, social, and historical implications" according to the NOMA website.

     

    I appreciate the opportunity to propose this recommendation and I am honored to be among the College of such amazing architects. I am glad to step forward with these proposals.

     

    I am a new Fellow, Class of 2020, and after serving in leadership roles within my local AIA chapter and establishing a non-profit 501.3c organization, the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs [i.e. CCCAP], I believe that such actions would have an impact.  Living a life of white privilege has been an invisible benefit which was taken for granted with no harmful intent.

     

    Taking a Stand as a group of FAIA is certainly a meaningful step. I look forward to hearing back from you.

     

    .. Randy

     

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    Randy A Steiner FAIA
    Architect
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  • 2.  RE: Meaningful Action: Support HBCU Schools of Architecture +NOMA Pipeline!

    Posted 07-15-2020 17:25

    I agree that this is meaningful action and would be delighted to participate.

     

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  • 3.  RE: Meaningful Action: Support HBCU Schools of Architecture +NOMA Pipeline!

    Posted 07-15-2020 17:57
    Sign me up I will contribute as well,


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  • 4.  RE: Meaningful Action: Support HBCU Schools of Architecture +NOMA Pipeline!

    Posted 07-17-2020 09:23

    Dear all

    Update on NYT full page of architects supporting Black Lives Matter.

    A new option with NYT is to have a full page not on a specific date but some day during a week.  This would cost about 50K, a considerable savings.  However, it still means we need about 500, architects that are willing to be part of this Dear all

    Update on NYT full page of architects supporting Black Lives Matter.

    A new option with NYT is to have a full page not on a specific date but some day during a week.  This would cost about 50K, a considerable savings.  However, it still means we need about 500, architects that are willing to be part of this Dear all

    Update on NYT full page of architects supporting Black Lives Matter.

    A new option with NYT is to have a full page not on a specific date but some day determined by NYT during a week.  This would cost about 50K, a considerable savings.  However, it still means we need about 500, architects that are willing to be part of this to keep the cost below 100. for each. 

    At the moment we have about 100, so need 400 more. 

    Please refer this request to other architects that would be willing to support this cause.  I am including the initial request below.

    Thanks for all the thoughtful comments, a lot to digest.

    Best

    Jan 

    A thought:

    Could architects join together to pay for a full-page Sunday New York Times page that states that "Black Lives Matter"?

    The page would list all people in our profession that agree to have their names printed and who believe in this statement.

    This is a moral issue not a political issue for our profession to articulate where we stand.

    It would not be the first time a New York Times page as was done during the Vietnam War with a long list of architects who opposed the war.

    Comments?

    If there is interest, I can find out costs and dates for page.

    Peace/Thanks

    Jan Wampler

     

    Jan Wampler, FAIA

    Distinguished Professor, ACSA
    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT
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    wampler@mit.edu

     

     






  • 5.  RE: Meaningful Action: Support HBCU Schools of Architecture +NOMA Pipeline!

    Posted 07-30-2020 22:48
    HBCUs graduate only about 50% of the African Americans who go on to be licensed.  The other 50% graduate from one of 133 other accredited architecture programs.

    Another a option is for their leadership - and their alumni (you) - can do is what we did at Rensselaer - create a dedicated scholarship and programming to support the few students in each program who are clearly in a minority at these institutions.
    https://www.arch.rpi.edu/2020/06/in-solidarity/

    Or, perhaps recruit black and brown faculty as one strategy for developing a more diverse student body.

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    Kathryn Tyler Prigmore, FAIA
    Associate Director
    Shalom Baranes Associates
    Washington, DC
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  • 6.  RE: Meaningful Action: Support HBCU Schools of Architecture +NOMA Pipeline!

    Posted 07-31-2020 07:48
    Thanks Kathryn - 
    Great advice for meaningful support.

    Since I think this ad is truly self serving (and have commented twice on this)  - the great AIA staff challenged me to do a fundraiser for the Architectural Foundation Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship.

    I did so  to my local area Fellows and already got a great response.

    AND as one person commented - they give to the local University for a dedicated minority scholarship and that $70,000 would support a candidate for a full three years.  Perception or reality - there are abundant needs.

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