One quarter of UK architects experience racism at work, survey reveals
The AJ’s first race survey investigates attitudes to race in architecture and was conducted in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Lawrence, an aspiring architect, was murdered in a racially motivated attack in London 25 years ago.
The survey collated the responses of 877 UK-based architecture professionals, of which more than a third identified as black and minority-ethnic (BAME).
In total, 95 per cent of those surveyed of all ethnicities felt that there is racism in architecture, ranging from “very little” to “widespread”.
Of those from black, African, Caribbean or mixed-race heritage, 30 per cent had experienced racism at work, as had one in five Asian respondents.
Respondents shared anecdotes of “sustained racial abuse” at work
Harrowing comments from those surveyed showed a picture of a profession where BAME people encounter prejudice from encounters both inside and the office and on site visits.
“In a previous workplace I was the victim of direct, open, verbal, sustained racial abuse to the point that I had to leave,” read one response.