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.


RFP for Longfellow Rising: Volunteer Architectural Services Under Direction of Artist Angela Two Stars

Longfellow Rising members are creating a temporary installation in a currently vacant space where the Minnehaha-Lake Wine & Spirits building once stood. AIA Minneapolis is a collaborating partner with Longfellow Rising in their pursuit of equitable and climate-oriented development, and strong community ownership of the vision, process, and economic outcomes from the renewal of this area of the city.

In this space, a public art installation will be the focal point. Public artist and curator Angela Two Stars has been selected for this commission. A team of volunteer architects and designers is being sought to work under the direction of Ms. Two Stars, assisting her in realizing her vision for the public art and the surrounding site elements to create a feeling of welcome and comfort. From proposals received, Ms. Two Stars and representatives of Longfellow Rising will select the team.

The volunteer design team would work with Ms. Two Stars and representatives of Longfellow Rising to determine the type, volume, and cost of materials needed, helping to problem solve issues related to the best use of materials for outdoor conditions. Members of Longfellow Rising have funds and partnerships that can secure needed materials.

The timeframe for the design and construction of the project is mid-March through late-April/early-May. The project would remain on the site for a few months, until late Summer of 2021. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, March 9. View the RFP ยป

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

AIA Guides to Equitable Practice

Landscapes of Hope from Culturally Enriched Communities, part of the University of Minnesota College of Design โ€” 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.

Design Justice for Black Lives from Colloqate

“Translating Design” by Damaris Hollingsworth, AIA, NOMA (ARCHITECT)

“‘Architecture is Vital to Native Culture’: Sam Olbekson on Indigenous Design and Social Justice” (ArchDaily)

“It’s Time to Listen” featuring James Garrett Jr., AIA, NOMA, and Nathan Johnson, AIA, NOMA (ARCHITECT)

“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 โ€” 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.

“3 Black architects on how race has shaped our environment in Twin Cities” featuring James Garrett Jr., AIA, NOMA,  Mohammed Lawal, AIA, and Damaris Hollingsworth, AIA, NOMA (Star Tribune)

“The Difference Between First-Degree Racism and Third-Degree Racism” by John Rice (The Atlantic)

“The Pipeline Isn’t the Problem” by Intelligencer staff (New York Magazine)

“The Housing Problem” by Katherine Flynn, featuring local architect James Garrett, Jr., AIA, NOMA (ARCHITECT)

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

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.

Mapping George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art โ€” 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.

AIA Minnesota Diversity Task Force Report (October, 2015)