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. To give a recent example: last week the Philadelphia Inquirer published a story by their architecture critic about the Black Lives Matter protests under the headline ‘Buildings Matter’. The resulting outcry has since led to the resignation of the paper’s editor.
New Architecture Writers was founded in 2017 to support the work of young BAME people 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. The first cohort went on to form the writing collective Afterparti, and members of the group have written for the international architectural press and have gained employment in prominent media organisations.
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 second cohort reaches its culmination your support will help lay the foundations for the continuation of the programme into its third year, and beyond.