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The status quo of anti-Blackness, White American and European supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, and inaccessibility of architecture and design education is a product of our schools’ systemic exclusion and erasure of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of color. The debts of omission incurred compounds with every cohort, generation after generation. These demands explain what is owed. 

We are currently in the process of analyzing 275+ demands from students, alumni and faculty of 44+ schools in the United States and Canada. We look forward to sharing the results of our research with you.


How did we collect these demands? 

The seeds of the Emergent Grounds Archive were collected by our co-facilitators in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. The archive includes 44 statements and lists of demands written by students, alumni, faculty and others, addressed to the leadership of North American architectural institutions.

How do I access these demands? 

Access each list of demands by clicking on the titles below. Statements are organized in alphabetical order by title. Multiple entries for the same institution reflect statements written by distinct groups of organizers to that institution’s leaders.

10 Demands for Tulane Architecture
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Instagram post

a letter to Ryerson DAS
Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Ontario, CA
ryersondasarc.cargo.site (no longer active)

A Letter to the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Google doc

A-School Call to Action
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Google doc (no longer active)

An Open Letter to the Faculty and Staff of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Black DUSP Thesis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Google doc 

Call for Action
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Google doc

CED Architecture: A Call to Action
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Google doc

Cooper Union, New York, New York, USA
Student newspaper article

Comprehensive Diversity Initiative
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Instagram post

NOMAS@VT Statement on Racism
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Dear CoAD Community and Dean Patricia Belton Oliver
University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Google doc

Demands for an Anti-Racist School & What is to be done? a statement of solidarity
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA 

Design Justice Actions for Taubman College
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
https://designjusticeactions.cargo.site (no longer active)

Design Justice at Pitt
University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Design Justice for Black Lives
University of Maryland College Park, USA

Do the Work: Demands for Action and Accountability in the MIT Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
https://nomas.mit.edu/do-the-work-demands (no longer active)

GSAPP Responds
Columbia University, New York, New York, USA 
https://gsappresponds.cargo.site (no longer active)

Letter to the AAP Community and Dean Meejin Yoon
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Architects Newspaper article

Notes on Credibility
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
https://notesoncredibility.cargo.site (no longer active)

On Dismantling Systemic Anti-Black Racism
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://mail.danielsdobetter.com (no longer active)

On the Futility of Listening
Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

On the Impotence of Neutrality
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
Google doc

Open Letter on Anti-Racism to the PSoA
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Google doc

Open Letter to the Andrews University School of Architecture & Interior Design
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA 

Open Letter to YSoA in Support of BLM
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
https://blmysoa.cargo.site/ (no longer active)

Re: SALA’s Statement: “Support for Black Lives Matter”
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Google doc

Response to the Dean of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design from Inclusion in Design
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Google doc

RISD BI+POC Student Demands for Racial Equity & Inclusion
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA
https://risdarc.cargo.site/ (no longer active)

RSA Call to Action
Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
Google doc

Syracuse Architecture Student & Alumni Response to the Killing of George Floyd
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA
Google doc

TTU Call to Action
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Google doc

The Design School at ASU Design Justice Initiative
Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Google doc

The Limits of Your Recognition: Race and Diversity at the Department of Architecture
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Google doc
Instagram post

thoughts on…
Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
tublackarchalumni.cargo.site (no longer active)

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Call to Action
University of California, Los Angeles, USA 
https://audcalltoaction.cargo.site (no longer active)

University of Florida SoA Call to Action
University of Florida, Tallahassee, USA
Google doc

University of Waterloo School of Architecture Racial Equity and Environmental Justice Task Force
University of Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Unlearning Whiteness
Columbia University, New York, New York, USA 

USC ROSKI - Black Student Demands
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

UTSOA Undergraduate Demands For Equity
University of Texas, Austin, USA
Google doc

We find ourselves in a time when history seems to be repeating itself.
University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
Instagram post

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA 

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