3 Ways to Learn About Diversity in Design
The protests against racial injustice sweeping the nation have caused us to reflect on what more we can do to help advocate for a more diverse society. By sharing the resources below, we hope to spur and become part of a thoughtful discussion on diversity. For those in the architecture and design space interested in learning more, here are some films, books and articles to get you started.
Discover Paul Williams. Paul Williams was the first African-American to become a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1923, and he was inducted as the AIA’s first Black fellow in 1957. Learn more about his fascinating and trailblazing journey (which includes teaching himself to draw upside down so that his white clients would not have to sit on the same side of the table) in this AIA article or through this PBS documentary.
Learn about the “Tu White School of Architecture.” Are architecture schools doing enough to improve diversity? It’s too little too slow, according to the designer and advocate behind the Tu White School of Architecture, an important satirical work from Chris Daemmrich,
Get busy reading. Don’t know where to start? Here are five essential books to read fthat can help make cities more inclusive.