racial justice resources

In 2020, we are witnessing an unprecedented heightened global awareness of the need for racial justice. This heightened awareness comes as we bear witness to continual assaults on black communities in America which are then followed by continual cries for justice, reform, equity, inclusion. As the AIA National Board statement on systemic racial injustice affirms, we are committed to efforts to ensure that our profession is part of the solution that finally dismantles systemic racial injustice and violence -- the legacy of one of the United States’ original sins, slavery.

This list of resources will grow and evolve over time. It is not intended to be finite or all-encompassing, but rather it is a step towards promoting awareness and encouraging action. The organizations listed are already combating racial injustice and we encourage all to research further, donate, lend support, self-educate, and take action. Join the efforts to dismantle systemic racism and violence.



Advocating for Black Architects



HBCU Schools of Architecture

Black Contractors Owners and Executives 

Beyond the Built Environment

The Directory of African American Architects

Community Building

My Block My City My Hood

Blacks In Green

Communities Partnering for Peace

Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation

Neighborhood Network Alliance

Southwest Organizing Project

Folded Map Project 

LISC Chicago

Illinois Diversity Council

Hispanic Housing Development

National Public Housing Museum



Anti-Racism and Cultural Learning

Smithsonian: 158 Resources to Understand Racisim

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Talking About Race

DuSable Museum of African American History (in Chicago)

Anti Racist Reading List

AIA NY Anti-Racism Resources for Architects


Building Equitable Practice

AIA National – Guides for Equitable Practice

Bias Interrupters

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training

Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege



AIA Illinois Board President: Together We Own The Solution

AIA Board

NOMA's Statement on Racial Injustice



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