We believe that architectural culture is too white. Practices, departments and newsrooms are largely homogeneous, which means that talent goes overlooked and important perspectives are missing. The results are evident everywhere in our unequal cities and unrepresentative media.
New Architecture Writers was founded in 2017 to support the work of young people of colour who have been excluded from the conversation about architecture and urbanism. This not only rights an historic wrong, it also enriches the discussion to the benefit of all its participants.
The free, 12-month programme consists of workshops led by architects, journalists, editors and broadcasters, followed by writing briefs that are assessed by guest tutors. Our alumni have gone on to write for the international architectural press and have gained employment in prominent media organisations, as well as setting up the publishing collective Afterparti.
The programme is supported by the Architecture Foundation but its collaborators give their time for free, and the members themselves have raised the funding for the events and publications they have produced. We are now asking you to support the work of N.A.W., to amplify excluded voices and build a more progressive and representative architectural media. As our third cohort reaches its culmination your support will help lay the foundations for the continuation of the programme into its fourth year, and beyond.