This webpage contains articles, statements, and other information on addressing racial injustice in the built environment. It will be updated as new resources are available. To submit information or provide feedback, please email Sheri Hansen.


Organization Statements

Watch the AIA Minnesota mid-year State of the Association report, which covers actions we’ve taken so far to address racial injustice in the built environment in response to George Floyd’s murder and the protests. (Recorded June 8, 2020).

Read the AIA Minnesota statement on the murder of George Floyd and protests in Minneapolis. This statement was also reposted in the Architect’s Newspaper, Dezeen, and World Architects.

Read the AIA Minnesota statement on architecture and prison design, in response to Michael Kimmelman’s New York Times article “There’s No Reason for an Architecture to Design a Death Chamber.”

Read the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) statement regarding racial injustice.

Read the AIA National statement on systemic racial injustice.

Articles, Projects, and Resources

AIA’s racial equity initiative and resources

Rendering Visible, an initiative from the National Museum of African American History & Culture, is collecting sketches, renderings, and artistic illisuration to document the creativity of Black architects and designers.

Landscapes of Hope from Culturally Enriched Communities, part of the University of Minnesota College of Design — Stories of communities through buildings and places in Minneapolis, elaborating on how the design of the built environment can pave the way for social and racial justice, equality, freedom, and global citizenship.

Mapping George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art — This database seeks to document examples of street art from around the world that have emerged in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd as part of an ongoing movement demanding social justice and equality.

Design Justice for Black Lives from Colloqate

Black Art in the Era of Protest (Recorded June 18, 2020)

“Letters to the editor: Thoughts from the ground” by Lyssa Washington, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, and James Garrett, Jr., AIA, NOMA (The Architect’s Newspaper)

“James Garrett Jr. Lists Actions for Architects, Institutions, and Business Owners to Combat Systemic Racism” (ARCHITECT)

“Letter to the Editor: Minneapolis’s Sam Olbekson on building a just community” (The Architect’s Newspaper)

Sam Olbekson, AIA, speaks with KFAI’s Native News. (Interview begins 10:07).

“America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress” by Bryan Lee, Jr. (CityLab)

“Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back” by Kimberly Dowdell (Fast Company)

“Blackout — Amplifying the Voices of Blackness Within Architecture” by Sekou Cooke (Architectural Record)

James Garrett, Jr., AIA, NOMA, speaks to the Jason and Alexis Show on MyTalk 107.1.

AIA Minnesota Diversity Task Force Report (October, 2015)