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15 Dec 2020

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American Institute of Architects board of directors, Architect Magazine

American Institute of Architects expresses commitment to ending racial injustice & violence

In a written statement, AIA board of directors explained that it is "committed to efforts to ensure that our profession is part of the solution that finally dismantles systemic racial injustice and violence." ... The following is a statement from the 2020 AIA board of directors...

America’s list of racially motivated murders demand action... [T]he American Institute of Architects supports the protests to stop systemic, state-sanctioned violence against people of color... AIA understands the disappointment of our past inaction and inadequate attention to the issue of systemic racial injustice. We were wrong not to address and work to correct the built world’s role in perpetuating systemic racial injustice, including the use of slave and forced labor, designing housing that marginalized communities of color, helping to design communities that excluded people of color, and participating in municipal projects that destroyed or weakened thriving African American, Hispanic, and Native American communities.

... We will review our own programs to directly confront and address systemic racial injustice. We will work more closely with partner organizations that can assist in making meaningful, lasting change for society and our profession. We will listen to our members and seek ways to remove barriers within the profession and the AIA.

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