Columbia | CBIPS: Social Justice and the AEC Industry by Pascale Sablan


Past Event

Columbia | CBIPS: Social Justice and the AEC Industry by Pascale Sablan

November 3, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speaker: Pascale Sablan

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AIA, NOMA, LEED, Founder & Executive Director | Beyond the Built Environment


I Was Asked To Stand

This lecture will educate and empower participants to understand the cause and possible solutions to the disparity in the lack of representation, documentation, and acknowledgment of the great works of women and minority architects. Divided into five sections, we will focus on the history of the problems, how we can proactively change our profession, and future aspirations to continue the fight for equality. First, we will address the lack of knowledge amongst the general population of the existence of women and diverse designers and the forces of erasure. Secondly, we will highlight the flaws within the education system, enrollment, graduation rates, and teaching of diverse architects. Thirdly, we will explore why the rate of African-American architects in the profession has remained stagnant at 5%  for nearly a decade. Fourth, we will show examples of how architects can serve as advocates. And lastly with architects as advocates, we discuss how collaboration can make an impactful difference.


Co-Moderator: Tonja Adair


Past-President nycoba|NOMA, Director NYS AIA



Co-Moderator: Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D., FCIOB, NAC

Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University