Statement on Racial Justice
The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada stands in solidarity with Black communities and supporters across North America as they protest historic and ongoing racial injustice, including the wrongful murders of Black people at the hands of police. Black Lives Matter.
As scholars, practitioners, educators, and students of the built environment, we recognize that our field has long played a role in systemic racism. Whether through consolidation of white settler presence via architecture, histories that exclude the spaces of marginalized communities, or other practices that purport blindness to race, Canadian architecture is not free of racism or racist histories.
We acknowledge that we must do better to address these histories as well as issues of diversity and inclusion within the SSAC. In order to begin these conversations, the SSAC is forming a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and currently looking for interested members.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
At an officers meeting on June 11, 2020, the SSAC resolved to form a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as a partial response to the challenge of addressing shortcomings in our own Society as well as in the broader field of Canadian architecture and architectural history.
The committee will examine both how the Society can become more inclusive of the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) and what we can do to promote the study of Black architecture, Indigenous architecture, and the architecture of people of colour in Canada.
The Officers of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada
Candace Iron, President
Hilary Grant, Vice-President (Conferences)
Michael Windover, Vice-President (Membership)
Luc Noppen, Vice-President (Prizes)
Josée Laplace, Treasurer
Rebecca Lemire, Secretary
Magdalena Miłosz, Communications Officer
Jessica Mace, Editor in Chief, Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada