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.
I'd be happy to sign.
R. David Frum FAIA, ACHA, President
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A good idea, might be easier to do if firms could sign on as well as individuals.
Mark Ginsberg FAIA, LEED AP
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
55 Broad Street FL8
New York, NY 10004
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It is time for the AIA to become more diverse, enroll and mentor more Black architects, understand the destruction of lives that racism in the U.S. has caused, and so much more. I recently donated $1,000 to the NAACP legal fund and would be happy to donate more as part of an AIA initiative to promote racial equity and social justice and bring more Blacks into the architectural profession. It's not clear that sending $1,000 or $100 to the NYTimes for an ad helps the Black Community and I'm not sure that it helps the AIA. I read the NYTimes on line and never see the ads. I suspect that many others don't see the ads either. Also, if you haven't already, I highly recommend watching the free Netflix movie, "13th." It is an eye-opener.
Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
HJKessler Associates, Inc.
Consultants in sustainable design, energy efficiency and high performance buildings.
"When individuals join in a cooperative venture, the power generated far exceeds what they could have accomplished acting individually."
-R. Buckminster Fuller
Jan: I would be happy to sign your ad. Good suggestion.
D. Kirk Hamilton, PhD, FAIA, FACHA, FCCM, EDAC
Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design
College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
Founding Co-Editor, Health Environments Research & Design
Design Impacts Health – Research Improves Design