The profession of architecture and urban planning has established a process of design that creates tremendous environments for the those of means and wealth, while having a neglectful eye towards the potential oppressive consequences for those without. We will explore the privilege and power structures that define the built environment since Americas inception. We will look at how organizing, advocacy, and design Justice work bind to racial, social, and cultural equity around the world and how the theory of design justice can continually advocate for the dismantling of privilege and power structures that use architecture and planning to create systems of injustice throughout the built environment.
Like all institutions, Design imposes its power through policies, procedures and practice and is subject to its own inherited biases. The lasting permanence of our professional decisions, requires us to pay particular attention to the injustices that result from our work and to seek Design Justice wherever possible. Architecture has the power to speak to the language of the people it serves, we as designers, are at our best when we are willing to serve the people without power.