T-A-L’s Commitment in response to police brutality, systemic racism, and injustice

The Architecture Lobby condemns police brutality, racial injustice, and discrimination in any form, and we stand in solidarity with those demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and the countless other Black lives lost due to racist violence. As an organization committed to social justice, we recognize that statements are not substitutes for action; they are not substitutes for difficult conversations; they do not replace internal examinations; they do not serve to gloss over the whiteness of our own organization and profession. We recognize that police violence, exploitation, and racism stem from a capitalist core. We recognize the complicity of our profession’s long-standing culture of inaction and silence. We recognize that racism and capitalism are conjoined, and that the cultures of colonization and exploitation that define their histories are embedded in and reinforced by the built environment.

In reflecting on architects’ and architecture’s complicity in the hegemonic racism that characterizes our buildings, neighborhoods, and institutions, The Architecture Lobby is committed to sustained organizing toward racial justice and a more equitable profession. As we struggle to recognize our own privileges and biases as a predominantly non-BIPOC organization, we are compelled more than ever to respond to the racism and resultant power structures that we perpetuate and from which we benefit.

Beginning this week, we will use our website and social media platforms to amplify the voices of those engaged in action and change on the ground. The Architecture Lobby will also be turning inward and conducting member-wide weekly discussions confronting our own biases and privileges as individuals and members of a predominantly white organization and profession. This calls for transformation. As an organization, we commit to the long-term work this requires.