Black in Architecture®
Architecture | Racial Equity
Black Lives Matter 2020: BiA story
Background: initiating #BlackinArchitecture #BLM
One year on, and with a more carefully considered longer-term programme, the initiative hopes to work directly with people, groups and organisations using ‘bottom up’ approaches. The vision is to directly influence change at decision-making level by creating the conditions and nurturing spaces for our voices to be heard, and for the education, practice, and other areas in architecture to open up for Black and Black British people. The initiative also intends to actively use shared learning practices to include the voices and experiences of all minority groups who are experiencing and navigating systemic racism in architecture.
Timeline: Key events between June 2020 and June 2021
Timeline — Black in Architecture 2020/21
Archive: from the old website to Medium publication
Credits & acknowledgements: summer 2020 contributors
To all the people who shared their experiences in architecture and provided us with the insight we now have.
To the initial team, formed by Juliet Sakyi-Ansah, for volunteering their time, labour and often their emotional and mental capacities to navigate through the stories shared with us. Thank you Michael Badu, Shade Abdul, Zubaydah Jibrilu, Wallace Erabu and Irvine Toroitich.
To the Architecture Foundation for hosting Black in Architecture Part 1 online event.
To Architecture is Political for featuring the initial summer 2020 team on their podcast series.
To the Twitter and Instagram followers for the follows, likes, shares and conversations. Special thanks to Juliet’s academic and professional network for joining in on the conversation when the hashtag was first launched on Twitter.
To Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture for welcoming Black in Architecture as an external and independent research unit.