Structural Inequality: Black Architects in the United States

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Architecture - 229 pages
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Architecture is a challenging profession. The education is rigorous and the licensing process lengthy; the industry is volatile and compensation lags behind other professions. All architects make a huge investment to be able to practice, but additional obstacles are placed in the way of women and people of color. Structural Inequality relates this disparity through the stories of twenty black architects from around the United States and examines the sociological context of architectural practice. Through these experiences, research, and observation, Victoria Kaplan explores the role systemic racism plays in an occupation commonly referred to as the 'white gentlemen's profession.' Given the shifting demographics of the United States, Kaplan demonstrates that it is incumbent on the profession to act now to create a multicultural field of practitioners who mirror the changing client base. Structural Inequality provides the context to inform and facilitate the necessary conversation on increasing diversity in architecture.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ARCHITECTURE A WHITE GENTLEMENS PROFESSION?
19
OUT IN THE WORLD THE REALITY OF PRACTICE
53
CERTIFIED MINORITY THE PERCEPTION AND THE REALITY
91
CRAZYMAKING RUNNING A BUSINESS
119
ITS WHO YOU KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS
149
SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
183
DISTRIBUTION OF BLACK ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS
197
SURVEY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ARCHITECTS
203
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SUITS
211
REFERENCES
215
INDEX
225
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
229
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Victoria Kaplan has worked in finance for the last twenty years. She served as a corporate financial analyst and managed a community development venture capital fund. She brings her MBA in finance and her PhD in human and organizational development together to work for economic and social justice. She is the founder of writing for change, an organization that uses storytelling as a vehicle to educate audiences about systemic racism.

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