During the annual AIA convention, the Architecture Lobby debated how to better protect workers from harassment and discrimination—and how to fight back
It’s been a rocky year for architects. Multiple women accused Richard Meier—one of its most recognized stars—of sexual harassment. The Shitty Architecture Men list revealed accusations of harassment, anecdotes about discrimination, and malaise and anger from the industry’s workers and students. Despite persistent calls to improve racial diversity and achieve gender equity, not much has changed; most architects are white men.
At the AIA Conference on Architecture—the profession’s annual convention held this year in New York from June 22 to 23—both the establishment and progressive professional groups called for radical change. But is it enough to make a difference?
At the keynote address, AIA President Carl Elefante challenged architects to “evolve how we work together” and to make sure everyone “is protected from abuse, treated fairly, paid equitably, and afforded equal opportunity.” Earlier that day, the advocacy group Voices of Women held a flash mob at the convention demanding equitable practice and inclusion.
On June 23, the Architecture Lobby—a nonprofit group advocating fair labor practices for all architecture workers—took a more action-oriented approach. It hosted a day-long “Think-In” that included a panel on #MeToo in which practicing architects, an historian, and a labor organizer spoke to an audience of fellow architects, academics, students, and designers about how to advance the conversation.
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