Green New Deal

We support a federal Green New Deal (GND) as proposed in H.Res. 332 / S.Res. 166 and are committed to the resolution’s call for a just transition. In 2019 members of  TAL formed a Green New Deal Working Group to focus on organizing for ecological justice as it relates to architectural labor, the built environment, and sustainable futures for all (read our founding Statement on the Green New Deal). The proposed GND legislation recognizes a just transition will require structural changes to the built environment. TAL believes that a deeper transformation rooted in equitable principles is necessary, and that GND legislation must consider infrastructure beyond individual buildings and contend with systemic problems of the building industry itself. We are also demanding a just transition for the entire building sector because, like energy workers, our livelihoods are entangled with the fossil fuel industry. 

We are motivated by the urgency of climate action and committed to long-term collaboration with allied people and groups across policy, practice, and advocacy.

Weekly meetings at on zoom. Email gnd@architecture-lobby.org for info.

8pm-10pm ET.

Open, in-person meetings at Citygroup in NYC on the 2nd Monday of each month.

7pm-8pm ET.


Adare Brown, Jack Callahan

What we’ve done so far

The recent efforts of the TAL GND Working Group have engaged policymakers directly. We authored an extensive GND policy response document focused on housing with the goal of offering our training, experience, and insight to articulate potential choke points in legislation that arise from misplaced assumptions about what causes environmental degradation and social inequality in the built environment. To date we have met with various legislative offices, endorsed legislation, and continue to organize for a Just Transition of the building sector.


We are writing a series of Just Transition pamphlets to engage in education and base building among AEC workers. In conjunction with that, we are organizing events and workshops with allied organizations.

JT 01 A Just Transition for the Building Sector

JT 02 Organizing for a Just Transition


JT 03 Organizing with the Building Trades


Past Campaigns, Projects, and Events

Who owns social housing?, Discussion, Citygroup (2024)

The Architecture Lobby & The Green New Deal, Event at Wentworth Institute of Technology (2024)

Organizing for green social housing, Discussion, Citygroup (2024)

Building Coalitions for a Just Transition / Introducing the Alternative Building Industry (ABI) Collective, Event at Cooper Union (2023)

JT 02 Organizing for a Just Transition / Building a Union is Climate Action (2023)

A Just Transition for Architecture, Lecture at University of Utah (2022)

JT 01 A Just Transition for the Building Sector / We are Fossil Fuel Workers (2022)

A Just Transition for Architecture, Lecture at Cooper Union (2022)

Just Transition Open Meeting at City Group (2022)

Climate Resilience Workforce Act Endorsement (2022)

A Just Transition for the Building Sector Policy Response Document (2021)

History of Just Transition Workshop (2021)

Power Mapping Workshop (2021) 

T-A-L Guide to Power Mapping (2020)

T-A-L Earth Week 2020 (2020)

T-A-L GND Chapter Kit (2019) for initiating conversations at the chapter level

Green New Deal: A Public Assembly (2019) with the Buell Center and Queens Museum

Designing the Green New Deal (2019) with UPenn

T-A-L Statement on the Green New Deal (2019)

In Publication

Our best organizer!, The Avery Review (2024)

Lobbying for just labour practices and an equitable (built) environment, KoozArch (2024)

A Just Transition For The Building Sector w/ Architecture Lobby’s GND Working Group, Failed Architecture (2024)

The Climate Resilience Workforce Should Include Architects, Architect’s Newspaper (2023)

A Just Transition for the Building Sector: The Architecture Lobby’s Retroactive Roadmap, Valerie Lechene (2020)

Architects Take Climate Action!, Hannah Wood (2020)

Buildings on Air, Episode 29,(2019)

Architects and Designers Must Unite Behind the Green New Deal, Marianela D’Aprile (2019)

Press Mentions

September 19, 2023 | THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER | Maya Lin, SCAPE, Pratt, Alternative Building Industry Collective, and The Architecture Lobby partake in Climate Week NYC | Daniel Roche

November 19, 2020 | ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST | What Biden’s Presidency Could Mean for Architecture and the Built World | Sam Lubell

October 5, 2020 | ARCHINECT | Architects take Climate Action! Archinect talks climate emergency activism with built environment groups taking a stand | Hannah Wood

September 1, 2020 | SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE MAGAZINE | A Just Transition for the Building Sector: The Architecture Lobby’s Retroactive Roadmap | Valérie Lechêne

April 25, 2019 | ARCHPAPER | TAL Earth Week: Global Crises: Covid-19 & Climate Change | Editorial Board

February 22, 2020 | ARCHDAILY | The Architecture Lobby, the Drive to Unionize, and the Future of Work | Martin Pedersen

December 15, 2019 | ARCHINECT | Illustrating the massive scale of America’s decarbonization challenge | Antonio Pacheco

September 19, 2019 | CURBED | The Green New Deal is really about designing an entirely new world | Diana Budds

September 12, 2019 | ARCHINECT | UPenn and The Architecture Lobby to livestream “Designing a Green New Deal” symposium | Antonio Pacheco

June 25, 2019 | THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER | The Architecture Lobby issues official statement on the Green New Deal | Sydney Franklin

June 24, 2019 | FAST COMPANY |The Green New Deal could change the way America builds—here’s how | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

June 19, 2019 | ARCHINECT |The Architecture Lobby puts forth Green New Deal vision | Antonio Pacheco

June 16, 2019 | COMMON EDGE | Architects and Designers Must Unite Behind the Green New Deal! | Marianela D’Aprile

May 23, 2019 | METROPOLIS MAGAZINE | 5 Leading Experts and Advocates on How Architects Can Fight Climate Change | Audrey Gray

February 7, 2019 | THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER | What do architects want from a Green New Deal? | Antonio Pacheco



  • News Press ReadingGreen New Deal

    Building Solidarity

    Adare Brown, Celina Barron, Rafael Cabrera, and Katie Lau URBAN OMNIBUS June 6, 2024 Excerpt: “The building sector is deeply implicated in the fossil fuel economy: untangling this relationship will carry social consequences for the cities and landscapes where we live and work. Just Transition is a bottom-up worker-led movement to empower vulnerable communities and address climate change, hand-in-hand. A Just Transition […]

    Adare Brown

  • ReadingNew York CityGreen New Deal

    Our best organizer!

    Jack Rusk, James Heard, Joshua Barnett, Adare Brown The Avery Review February 2024 Excerpt: “The largest attempt to unionize public- and private-sector architects in the United States was made in the early twentieth century by the Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists, and Technicians (FAECT, sometimes pronounced like “fact”). FAECT documented their organizing efforts through a […]

    Adare Brown
  • PamphletGreen New Deal

    JT 02 — Organizing for a Just Transition

    ‍ ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, DESIGNERS–BUILDING A UNION IS CLIMATE ACTION! DESIGN WORKERS ARE ORGANIZING NOW On July 21, 2022, workers at New York-based Bernheimer Architecture formed the first union at a private sector architecture firm in the United States since the 1930’s. It was a victory for the new BA Union and workers across a dozen […]