Career Highlight: Founding The Architecture Lobby, an advocacy group
Architect and Yale educator Peggy Deamer started the advocacy group The Architecture Lobby with a dozen peers and colleagues in 2013 after an event on problematic construction labor policies, hosted by Who Builds Your Architecture?, left them questioning the nature and value of labor in their own industry. What began as an informal meeting in Deamer’s apartment has since blossomed into a growing network of chapters across the country, united by a 10-point manifesto that takes aim at some of the profession’s greatest ills, including labor conditions, wages, licensure, and a culture that continues to uphold the myth of singular genius.
“Seeing the Lobby grow has been hugely satisfying, proof that what we are saying needs to be said,” said Deamer. “It has also been a stimulating education in organizing.” In our age of social and political tumult, she called for architects to “work toward collaboration—collaboration with other industries, with construction, with each other, with political feminists, with workers in general. As long as we think we are above, autonomous, and elite, we will continue to be marginalized.”