Why We Need A 7-Point Plan to Combat Racism and Discrimination in the AEC Industry


Last year, even at the height of a pandemic, the architecture, engineering and construction industry employed 12.5 million people—almost 9% of all working Americans. While other industries crumbled, our industry—considered essential—forged on and saw meaningful gains. Many people were still paid and able to support themselves and their families at a time when the unemployment rate reached 14.8%—the highest ever recorded since data collection began in 1948.

Yet Black workers did not enjoy this good fortune. They make up only 6% of the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, even though they represent 12% of the U.S. workforce.

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