7 Groups Highlighting The Need For More Black Voices In Architecture & Design


While recent social injustices have propelled long-needed discussions about diversity to the forefront, these organizations have been standing for change in the creative world for years. Here are some of the key players who have been calling for increased visibility and empowerment of Black creatives in design, architecture and art.

Black Art Futures Fund

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The mission: Powering creatives through grants, board-matching and organization-to-donor cultivation, the Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) supports various initiatives that aim to preserve and uplift Black art and culture.

Learn more: blackartfutures.org

Black Artists and Designers Guild

The mission: The Black Artists and Designers Guild (BADG) supports Black artists, designers and makers behind the products and spaces in the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors. Through networking, resources and a directory, the organization works to increase visibility and representation for these creators.

Learn more: badguild.info

Black Art in America


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The mission: Black Art in America is an online resource and network that highlights established and emerging artists through fine art shows, meet-ups and communications designed to encourage cultural conversations among creators and collectors alike.

Learn more: blackartinamerica.com

Black Interior Designers Network


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The mission: The Black Interior Designers Network aims to amplify and connect Black creators in the interior design industry. Its overarching goal is to promote inclusivity in the design world by highlighting the work of designers and providing them with business development opportunities.

Learn more: blackinteriordesignersnetwork.com

National Organization of Minority Architects


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The mission: With unity and strength as its guiding principles, the National Organization of Minority Architects works to combat racism and intolerance in the architecture world while empowering its members through showcases, publications and conferences that highlight the value of architects from diverse backgrounds.

Learn more: noma.net

Black Females in Architecture


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The mission: Black Females in Architecture, or BFA, is an inclusive powerhouse organization that connects Black and Black mixed heritage women in the field. BFA provides support for its members, hosts creative workshops and talk series, and creates a network in which Black female architects can feel empowered.

Learn more: blackfemarc.com

Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN)


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The mission: Committed to increasing the number of black professionals in the field, the Black Landscape Architects Network focuses on amplifying diverse voices in the community through mentorships, education and cultural research.

Learn more: asla.org