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BLM comment

  • 1.  BLM comment

    Posted 13 days ago

    Dear all,

    First of all, thanks to all who have contributed to the publication of the New York Times page supporting black lives matter (BLM), which we hope will lead to the funding of more scholarships for minority students.

    To reaffirm what we are doing: We are asking for donations for a page in The New York Times that lists names of architects and design professionals who support the BLM causes. The page will be read by millions and will hopefully raise awareness of the need to make more scholarships to architecture schools available to minority students. If we fall short of our fundraising goals for the page or go over the donations will fund such scholarships.

    I would like to clarify that we are using BLM as a visible icon that is now being displayed and presented throughout the world as a symbol for the continuing need to respect populations of color. We are not endorsing BLM or any organization connected to BLM.

    Please consider contributing to this pressing issue. Thanks again to all who have contributed.

    Best regards,

    Jan Wampler

  • 2.  RE: BLM comment

    Posted 4 days ago
    Edited by Steven Ellinger 4 days ago
    AIA COF should not be promoting BLM, as they are clearly an organization that promotes violence.  COF needs to, in my opinion, stick to matters of architecture. Leave politics to others.

    Steven Ellinger FAIA
    Cadco Architects-Engineers, Inc.
    Abilene TX

  • 3.  RE: BLM comment

    Posted 3 days ago
    BLM does not promote violence. Their demonstrations have often been met with violence.

    David Burney | Academic Coordinator - 
    MS - Urban Placemaking and Management

    Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
    Higgins Hall, room 206, 61 St James Place | Brooklyn, NY 11238
    phone: (718) 399-4323
    cell: 917 789 2143 dburn153@pratt.edu

  • 4.  RE: BLM comment

    Posted 3 days ago
    I agree with Mr. Ellinger and have been waiting for the COF to speak from reason rather than emotion.

    While I endorse "funding more scholarships for minority students," I am at a loss to understand the rationality of Mr. Wampler statements:

    "we are using BLM as a visible icon..."
    "supporting black lives matter (BLM)..." 
    "We are not endorsing BLM..."

    Thank you,

  • 5.  RE: BLM comment

    Posted 3 days ago
    Steve:  I absolutely agree with you.  I believe this could ultimately be harmful to architects.

    Carroll Pruitt FAIA
    Pruitt Consulting, Inc.
    Fort Worth TX

  • 6.  RE: BLM comment

    Posted 2 days ago


    You speak with forked tongue. When you use the BLM  icon you ARE endorsing them. 

    Why are you wasting money on an Ad, when that money can go towards an endowment providing scholarships to minority and disadvantaged persons?
    Joe Monticciolo,FAIA

    Joseph Monticciolo FAIA
    Firm Owner/Architect
    The Monticciolo Company
    Smithtown NY