Join us for our July meeting of the Architecture Lobby Portland chapter this coming Wednesday the 17th at Ankeny Tap and Table for beers, foods, and great discussion.
About The Architecture Lobby
The Architecture Lobby, Inc. is an organization of architectural workers advocating for the value of architecture in the general public and for architectural work within the discipline. It believes that the work architects do – aesthetic, technical, social, organizational, environmental, administrative, fiduciary – needs structural change to be more rewarding and more socially relevant. As long as architecture tolerates abusive practices in the office and the construction site, it cannot insist on its role in and for the public good.
The Architecture Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to supporting the educational activities of the Lobby. Through public forums and other educational projects, the Initiative educates architectural students and the general public about the value of architecture and design in our communities, as well as workers’ rights within the field of architecture.
The Architecture Lobby is organized as a decentralized network of Chapters around the country. The Chapters are comprised by Lobby members forming diverse groups of architectural students, young, mid-career, and senior professionals, firm owners, design journalists, and academics, and are led by rotating Chapter Stewards. The activities of the Lobby are supported by an Organizing Committee, with annually-elected officers for Content, Communication, Finance, Organization, Research, Design, and Secretary. National-scale projects are discussed and decided in the Lobby Organizing Committee and in national member’s meetings (which happen over the web). Chapters will typically engage with these projects and are also encouraged to self-organize projects and events of specific concerns to their locality and their chapter membership. As a non-profit corporation, , the Lobby is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the dues-paying members of the Lobby. There will be a future proposal for a set of procedures to elect Board members as their terms expire.
We are precarious workers. These are our demands:
- Enforce labor laws that prohibit unpaid internships, unpaid overtime; refuse unpaid competitions.
- Reject fees based on percentage of construction or hourly fees and instead calculate value based on the money we save our clients or gain them.
- Stop peddling a product–buildings–and focus on the unique value architects help realize through spatial services.
- Enforce wage transparency across the discipline.
- Establish a union for architects, designers, academics, and interns in architecture and design.
- Demystify the architect as solo creative genius; no honors for architects who don’t acknowledge their staff.
- Licensure upon completion of degree.
- Change professional architecture organizations to advocate for the living conditions of architects.
- Support research about labor rights in architecture.
- Implement democratic alternatives to the free market system of development.
Cover image courtesy The Architecture Lobby Portland.