NOMA BRAVE Action Steps
For those that don’t know, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) has released some action steps for architects of all backgrounds to support their colleagues in the fight for racial justice and equity.
This initiative is called BRAVE, and NOMA challenges all large architecture firms to become dues paying members of the organization, as well adopting NOMA’s steps for an inclusive atmosphere, which include:
NOMA BRAVE Breakdown
I think this initiative is a great opportunity for those who may just be joining the fight for social injustice, but I believe that it needs a bit more detail to help with implementation. To help those who want to make a difference in the profession, but aren’t sure where to start, I’ve create the NOMA BRAVE Breakdown. This breakdown takes the action steps provided by NOMA and provides tangible next steps and goals for architecture & design professionals. Here is an image of the breakdown.
Keep in mind that the links will only work if you download the actual PDF, which is available here.
Disclaimer: This guide is a recommendation made by me based on the framework provided by NOMA. This breakdown was not created by or sponsored by NOMA. All thoughts and opinions contained within it are my own.
Anti-Racism Design Resources
I would also highly recommend that you check out this comprehensive list of Anti-Racism Design Resources, which cover:
Black architects, designers, planners, activists’ recent responses, reflections, statements
Firms/practices currently offering pro bono services
Firms/practices currently taking actions (e.g. matching donations)
Resources about offering pro bono services
Examples of pro bono services you and/or your firm/practice/collective can offer
Examples of fellowships/internships your firm can offer to Black students
Support Black designers, especially our colleagues, with opportunities like these!
For non-Black and white folks organizing within our firms/practices/collectives
Additional resources to share both internally and in a public statement
List of Black organizers/leadership
List of Black-led firms/practices/collectives
List of architecture/design organizations doing anti-racism work in academic institutions
List of architecture/design organizations doing anti-racism work in the field at large
List of organizations to follow on social media
If you have any additional resources or events on this topic, feel free to share them in the comments!