We’re Not Trying to Shut Down the Firm With Any of Our Demands

Isabel Ling


September 13, 2022


“Earlier this month, the employees of a small Brooklyn-based architecture firm made history when they announced that they had formed a union. The 22-person firm of Bernheimer Architects, which specializes in affordable housing and retail, became the first private-sector architecture union in the United States. It will join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which includes employees at workplaces that range from United Airlines and Harley Davidson to yoga studios. This comes a few months after the failed union drive at SHoP Architects, which was led by employees there alongside Architectural Workers United, a new campaign that formed in 2021 with the goal of improving working conditions for architects.”