Architecture Lobby and ADPSR Issue Joint Condemnation on Design for Immigrant Detention

The Architecture Lobby and Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) have issued a joint statement condemning the zero-tolerance immigration enforcement policy put forth by the United States Department of Justice in April. Released on June 20, the statement calls upon the architecture and design community, to reject work on all projects dedicated to immigrant detention.

“The Architecture Lobby and ADPSR call on architects, designers, planners and allied professionals to refuse to participate in the design of any immigration enforcement infrastructure, including but not limited to walls, checkpoints, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices, detention facilities, processing centers, or juvenile holding centers,” the statement read. “We encourage owners, partners and employees who find themselves in practices that engage in this work to organize, and deny their labor to these projects.”

The release also called on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for support, ahead of the organization’s 2018 “Blueprint for Better Cities” convention. The Architecture Lobby and ADPSR suggested the AIA to update previously issued “Where we stand” statement, which spoke out against immigration and visa restrictions in September 2017.

The joint statement continued, “The AIA should uphold their ‘Where we stand’ statement on immigration by making a public statement condemning the use of architecture to enforce these inhumane policies, and making this work an excommunicable violation of AIA membership. Neither membership dues nor sponsorship dollars are worth the human cost of caging immigrants. Architects must design ‘better’ places through inclusion and democratic power, not though exclusion and caging.”

Read the full statement here.