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  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.
I agree that this is meaningful action and would be delighted to participate.
David Manfredi FAIA LEED AP
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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
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.
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.
If there is interest, I can find out costs and dates for page.
Jan Wampler, FAIA