A Message From Our CEO, Jonathan Moody
On 5/30/2020 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued a statement that I feel merits our attention. I echo AIA President Jane Frederick’s FAIA sentiments. I felt it was necessary to share my own thoughts and reactions.
“As Americans, we are mindful of our nation’s dark history of racial inequality.” As an African American male, I am continually personally confronted with this history. Everyone deserves respect and dignity. Witnessing recent events has caused me many different emotional reactions. I am angry. I am sad. I am frustrated. But, I have hope. I believe that actionable hope is a form of peaceful protest. That hope keeps me committed to making better communities and spaces that empower all people with respect and dignity. Active empathy for all through our work is hope. The act of designing a future that is better is hope. We must speak out and denounce all forms of injustice. We must stand in solidarity with those who live with and who are impacted by this trauma that it causes. All of us have been impacted by this. But we must actively hope. One day at a time, we are making and must continue to create a better future.
Read the AIA’s full statement here: https://www.aia.org/press-releases/6299362-everyone-deserves-universal-respect-and-hu