Design Justice Platform

There’s been a lot of professional reflection happening in the wake of this recent election. Which makes sense, Architecture, planning, and landscape architecture, are the result of our policies and procedures expressed in physical form. It is the reflection of our values and ideals made to last in perpetuity. As such, it inherently holds our biases within its design. This acknowledgment, to a large segment of the profession, is why the AIA’s response to the election was met with such blistering critique. Moving forward the design profession will have to critically question how the policies and procedures of the new administration will impact the ethical obligations of our work. We will have to account for an objectively uncompromisingly unqualified cabinet as we attempt to do the most good for the most people through our work.

As advocates of the built environment we will continue to seek Design Justice. It is never been more necessary for us to work collaboratively and across disciplines to affirm the apolitical standard of ethics for our profession. Over the past few weeks a group of motivated designers from across the country came together to build a Design Justice website with the expressed intention of developing our collective principles and to instigate action on behalf of the injustices we are facing.

The DESIGN JUSTICE PLATFORM (DJP) is a living document developed to establish an apolitical, socially and environmentally just code of ethics for operating as designers of the built environment. Through this platform we acknowledge our role in creating spaces of racial, cultural, and class equity. Through this platform we will organize, advocate, develop, and act on a principled movement for a socially just profession.

Please add your voice to the conversation!