How we are tackling discrimination at HTA Design

Ben Derbyshire

Action is needed to correct the gross underrepresentation of black people in architecture

The international Black Lives Matter campaign has signalled a turning point in understanding the nature of discrimination that uniquely affects black people. In my own practice the campaign has impacted at a deeply emotional and personal level especially with the black members of our team.

We set out as a practice with a belief in our own shared wellbeing as a team and a concern for the communities we serve externally. So when our black colleagues spoke out, clearly stirred by these events, building on a deep level of hurt and growing anger over generations, we realised we had to do more. It’s not as if we are totally unaware and inactive, but no organisation is above improvement in this area, so we realised the need to do more to educate ourselves and support others working on the issues and speak out about them.

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