Architecture and Urban Planning Organizations Stand in Solidarity for Palestine
We recognise that architecture and urban planning are both the means and the ends of Israeli settler colonialism and state terror. As architects and planners, it is our moral and ethical duty to acknowledge that the tools of our profession have been co-opted to violate the legal rights of the Palestinian people.
Over the last weeks we have witnessed the destruction and massacre carried out in Gaza. We watched bombs collapse multi-storey buildings, destroying the headquarters of news organisations, homes, and businesses. We have seen soldiers and settlers ethnically cleanse neighbourhoods of Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah. We have seen cultural institutions tear gassed and raided, while libraries, schools, and hospitals have been burned and destroyed. Armed supremacist mobs lynched Palestinians on live television, and destroyed Palestinian homes and businesses while protected by the police. Livelihoods have been shattered.

In the West Bank, the ongoing expansion of illegal settlements strategically fragments the Palestinian landscape, cutting through neighbourhoods and separating people from their families and lands. In Gaza an entire population is incarcerated in an open-air prison enclosed by concrete walls and gun towers. Gazans are denied basic services. They are even denied the opportunity to rebuild what has been destroyed. In the Naqab, Bedouin villages are crushed by bulldozers forcing their inhabitants off ancestral lands. In Jerusalem, state-sponsored apartheid planning aims to expel the remaining Palestinian residents from the city.
We refuse to be silent as tens of thousands of innocent people are dispossessed and hundreds more killed.
We hear and amplify the calls for solidarity emanating from the Palestinian people and their allies around the world as they strive for freedom.
We join the Palestinian people in their immense sorrow and anger and stand alongside of them in their struggle against apartheid, colonization and state oppression.
We support the right to resist ongoing Israeli settler colonial occupation and its destruction of indigenous Palestinian lands.

We learn from a long history of struggles against racist oppression and their continuation in the present. We believe that the fight against white supremacy, colonialism and anti-semitism are inseparable.
We welcome those who have  expressed their horror at the violence being wrought on Palestine and its people. And we acknowledge those who have publicly announced their support for and solidarity with the Palestinian struggle as inseparable from struggles against racism, patriarchy, and settler colonial violence worldwide.
As a result of this, countless institutions, organisations and groups are joining the chorus of voices now demanding an end to Israeli occupation.
In the last years a profound change has swept through architectural and planning education. A recognition of our complicity in settler colonialism, incarceration and white supremacy is resulting in calls for decolonisation, abolition, indigenous rights and class consciousness. We welcome this change and its impact on curricula, studios, and lecture series across the world as architects and planners begin to center anti-racist, social justice and political liberation movements.
We call on everyone to recognise that these injustices are not just abstract or historical; they are active, ongoing and nowhere more embodied than in the Palestinian movement for liberation confronting the Israeli settler colonial state.

We recognise that architecture and planning continue to be used by Israel to consolidate and extend its illegal occupation of Palestinian land through:
●   The state sanctioned execution of Palestinian people
●   The violent expulsion and dispossession of Palestinian people
●   The deliberate maiming of Palestinian bodies
●   The denial of access to health and education services
●   The collective punishment of the Palestinian people
●   The systematic destruction of Palestinian homes
●   The expansion of Israeli settlements against international law
●   The racial segregation of roads and infrastructure
●   The fragmentation of the Palestinian territory
●   The siege, indiscriminate destruction and massacres in Gaza
As architecture and planning educators, we oppose the apartheid policies of the Israeli settler colonial state. We commit to amplify the voices, stories, and histories of Palestinian people in their struggle for justice and freedom from occupation, through the following:
1.    Pressuring our institutions to support the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions and refusing to engage in partnerships with entities that enact or implement Israel’s apartheid policies.
2.    Supporting student, faculty and staff activism for justice in Palestine
3.    Holding accountable those who undermine academic freedom within our institution by silencing, threatening or bullying students, staff, and faculty who speak up against Israeli State violence
4.   As we teach about architecture and planning's complicity in settler colonialism and apartheid, we commit to teaching about Palestine by centering Palestinian scholarship and experience.

Authored by Architects and Planners Against Apartheid.

This statement is open for endorsements until Monday, June 7, 2021.

Signed by:

1. Staff of the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art
 (these views are our own)
2. Forensic Architecture

3. Storefront for Art and Architecture

4. African Futures Institute

5. Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London

6. Critical Urbanisms, University of Basel

7. Suzanne Hall, David Madden, Fran Tonkiss, Cities Programme, LSE

8. The Funambulist

9. Keller Easterling, Director of MED Program, Yale University

10. Future Architecture Platform

11. Felicity Scott and Mark Wasiuta, Directors of CCCP Program, Columbia University GSAPP

12. Mark Raymond, Director of the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

13. Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

14. Settler Colonial City Project

15. Dark Matter University

16. National College of Arts, Lahore

17. Decolonizing Architecture Art Research (DAAR)

18. Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies (DAAS), Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

19. CCC RP, HEAD Genève

20. Hugh Campbell, Head of UCD Architecture, Dublin

21. UVW-Section of Architectural Workers

22. Michael Askin, Chair of the Department of Art, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University

23. Weiping Wu, Leah Meisterlin, Hiba Bou Akar, Urban Planning Program, Columbia University GSAPP

24. Beirut Urban Lab

25. The Avery Review

26. Who Builds Your Architecture? [WBYA?]

27. IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, Architecture Faculty, TU Graz

28. dpr-barcelona

29. Pelin Tan, Arazi Assembly, Spatial Research Collective, Mardin

30. Silent University

31. Daniel A. Barber, Chair of PhD Program in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

32. Centre for Urban Conflicts Research Cambridge

33. MAK Center for Art and Architecture

34. Materials & Applications

35. Mario Gooden and Mabel O. Wilson, Directors of Global Africa Lab, Columbia University GSAPP

36. Arab Urbanism Collective

37. Design As Protest Collective

38. Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins UAL

39. Atelier Mob

40. Working with the 99%

41. Punkto

42. Malini Ranganathan, Interim Faculty Director, Antiracist Research and Policy Center, American University

43. USC Price PhD Association

44. Esther Choi, Founding Director, Office Hours

45. Ivis Garcia, April Jackson, Fernando Burga, Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG)
, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 

46. Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski, Co-Founders, Loudreaders

47. The Architecture Lobby

48. Ross Adams and Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco, Program Directors, Bard Architecture

49. School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, India

50. School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai, India

51. Eduardo Rega Calvo, Founder, Architectures of Refusal

52. Esra Akcan, Samia Henni, Medina Lasansky, History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD) PhD Program, Cornell University

53. Slought Foundation

54. Public Works Studio, Beirut, Lebanon

55. Palestine Regeneration Team, UK (PART)

56. Planners Network

57. Ergosfera, A Coruña, Spain

58. Andres Jaque, Director of Advanced Architectural Design Program, Columbia University

59. Nora Akawi and Eduardo Rega Calvo, Co-Founders, Interim Projects

60. GSAPP Collective for Beirut

61. Hollow Forms

62. The Architecture Lobby - London Chapter

63. Theatrum Mundi

64. Cairobserver

65. Francesco Sebregondi, INDEX

66. Aziza Chaouni, Principal, Aziza Chaouni Projects

67. Kush Patel, Ashley Caranto Morford, Arun Jacob, Co-Facilitators, Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed Collective

68. Failed Architecture

69. Ediciones ARQ, Santiago, Chile

70. UC School of Architecture, Santiago, Chile

71. PIE

72. Nadeen Hassan, Soany Marquez, Chaerin Kim, Co-Founders, Primaverarch

73. Baucircus

74. Nick Axel, Head of Department, Architectural Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

75. Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA, Director, FACT

76. Architecture after Architecture research group at CSM/TUB

77. Sumaila Palla, Head of Department, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

78. Reza Nik, Founding Director, SHEEEP

79. Pidgin Magazine, Princeton School of Architecture

80. Aishah Azman, Director, formed by DA

81. Mawane

82. Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Director, Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference working group, Insurgent Domesticities

83. Research Laboratory State, Labor, Territory and Nature at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning and Research / Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

84. Izzy Carrera, Brianne Dimalanta, Jordan Chiang, Cherry Tsang, Student Leadership, National Association of Minority Landscape Architects (NAMLA) - Cal Poly SLO

85. Beatrice Galilee, Executive Director, The World Around

86. Emanuel Admassu and Jen Wood, Founding Partners, AD—WO

87. Marina Otero, Program Head, MS Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven

88. Sudan Architecture Forum(SAF)

89. Ilze and Heinrich Wolff, Founders/directors, Wolff Architects Cape Town

90. Tesserae Urban Social Research

91. L Hršak, Bureau LADA

92. Jeannie Kim, Director, Architectural Studies, University of Toronto

93. Akil & Seth Scafe-Smith, Co-Directors, RESOLVE Collective

94. Mason White, Professor and Director of Post-Professional Program, University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty

95. Steve Hollenhorst, PhD, Dean, Huxley College of the Environment / Nicholas Zaferatos, PhD, AICP, Urban Planning Academic Program Administrator, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University

96. Sean Connelly, Chris Leong, Dominic Leong, HAWAI‘I NON-LINEAR

97. College of Architecture and Urban Studies Student Coalition, Virginia Tech

98. National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) at Virginia Tech

99. American Institute of Architecture Students at Virginia Tech

100. Charlie Edmonds, Founder, Future Architects Front

101. Faid Mazin, Chair, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Fresh NSW

102. Robbani Amal Romis, Coordinator, Architecture Sans Frontieres Indonesia (ASF-ID)

103. Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG), Taubman College, University of Michigan

104. Maria Nicanor, Executive Director, Rice Design Alliance

105. Alisha Morenike Fisher and Hani Salih, Co-founders and Co-Directors, Migrant’s Bureau

106. Ozayr Saloojee, Chair, M.Arch Program; Co-director, Carleton Urban Research Lab, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University

107. Rand El Haj Hasan, Founder, Kawamen Urban Think Tank

108. Jawad Dukhgan, Co-curator, Studio-X Amman

109. Nacym & Sihem Baghli, Founders, Djisr El Djazair, Algiers

110. Jad Moghnieh, Student Representative, National Organisation of Minority Architecture Students - University of Houston

111. Zahira Asmal, Designing For All

112. Mehwish Abid, Landscape Architecture, Institute for Art & Culture, Lahore

113. Jeff Hou, Director, Urban Commons Lab, University of Washington

114. Ruken Aydoğdu, Diyarbakır Chamber of Architects

115. Andrea Verdecchia, Director, Time to Access

116. Food New York

117. M.E.D. Working Group for Anti-Racism, Yale University

118. Merve Gül Özokcu and İbrahim Emre Gündoğdu, Vice Chairman and Chairman, Herkes için Mimarlık Derneği (Architecture for All Association), Turkey

119. Lisbon Architecture Triennale

120. Jhono Bennett, Co-Founder & Co-Director, 1to1 - Agency of Engagement

121. OPPA for Research and Architecture 

122. Marina Tabassum, Academic Director, Bengal Institute for Architecture Landscapes and Settlements 


124. Beatrice Leanza, Executive Director, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Lisbon)

125. Shukri Sultan, Aoi Phillips, Siufan Adey, Thomas Aquilina, Josh Fenton, Samson Seyi Famusan and Nile Bridgeman, Cofounders, Afterparti

126. Erica Kim, Coordinator, Daniels Writing Center, University of Toronto

127. Alexandra Gonzalez, Hive Public Space, President and Cofounder 

128. Muslim Women in Architecture 

129. Hamed Bukhamseen & Ali Karimi, Principals, Civil Architecture

130. Studio Aliri

131. Adriana Allen, President, Hábitat International Coalition

132. Iker Gil, Founder, MAS Context

133. Mohamad Hafeda, Reem Charif, Co-founders, Febrik collective 

134. Aleta Toure, Cooperative Member, Parable of Sower Intentional Community Cooperative

135. Studio 39

136. Ines Weizman, Director, Centre for Documentary Architecture

137. Modern Sudan Collective (MSC)

138. Mena Wasti Ahmed, President, Harvard GSD Student Forum ‘21

139. Yale University's Chapter of National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (Yale NOMAS)

140. Apolonija Sustersic, Head of Discursive Program, NJOKOBOK

141. Department of Art History and Visual Culture Studies, Whitman College

142. History of Architecture and Urbanism Society (HAUS), Cornell University

143. Joseph Altshuler, Editor-in-Chief, SOILED Magazine

144. Ahmed A. Mohamed Elhassan, Coordinator, M.Sc. Urban Design and Planning, University of Khartoum

145. Waled Shehata, Founding Member and Director, Cairo Heritage School

146. Takbir Fatima, Director, DesignAware

147. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Benjamin Groothuijse, Founders, The Parity Front

148. Department of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston School of Art

149. 10 Tooba

150. Architects Climate Action Network

151. Sumayya Vally, Founder and Principal, Counterspace

152. Killian Doherty, Founder, Architectural field office 

153. Justin Fowler, Director, Portland Architecture Program, University of Oregon SAE

154. Douglas Spencer, Director of Graduate Education, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University

155. Cal Poly Pomona NOMAS

156. Marwan Ghandour, Director, School of Architecture, Louisiana State University

157. Center of Urban Policy and Planning Studies, Federal University of Parana, Brazil

158. Roya Chagnon, Miranda Hirujo-Rincon, Jordan Rae, Co-Founders, Architects for Equity in Design (ArchED) at UCLA

159. Juke Jose, President, Kadia Bah, Co-President, National Organization of Minority Architects Students Academy of Art University Chapter (NOMASAAU)

160. Fauzia Evanindya, Co-founder,  FFFAAARRR

161. Phoenician Routes 

162. 3MD Studio

163. Lucas Lerchs, Dimitri Stassin, Baudouin Colcomb, Louis del Marmol, Antoine Denis, Directors, Ouvrages, Belgium 

164. Aziz Alqatami, Principal, ATELIER AZIZ ALQATAMI

165. Saimir Kristo, Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Design, POLIS University


167. Faculty of Architecture & Planning, Omdurman Islamic University 

168. Wael Al Awar and Kazuma Yamao, Founding Partners and Principle Architects, waiwai design

169. Cristina Verissimo, Office Manager, CVDB ARQUITECTOS

170. Simon Warren & Craig Stott, Co-founders, Project Office, Leeds

171. Almashrou Alhadari

172. Irit Katz, Founding Member, Decolonising Architecture @ Cambridge

173. Alyesha Choudhury, Mia Pinder-Hussein, Car Jonsson, Co-founders, /other

174. Simón Deprez and Eleonore Labattut, Founders, ETC, social purpose consultancy firm

175. Architecture Lobby - Yale School of Architecture Chapter

176. Col·lectiu Punt 6

177. Denisse Vega de Santiago, Editorial Team, Volume Magazine

178. Ben Barsotti Scott and Julie Shapiro, Co-founders, Bad Little Brother


180. Bartlebooth

181. Paulo Tavares, Director, Autonoma Research Center, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, University of Brasília

182. Black Student Alliance at Columbia GSAPP

183. George Brugmans, President, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

184. Thijs van Spaandonk, Head of Urbanism Masters Program, Places Journal

185. Nancy Levinson, Editor-in-Chief, Places Journal

186. Tina Bastajian, Core Tutor, Sandberg Instituut -Department of Design

187. Bricklab

188. Hofa

189. Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

190. Jane Rendell, Bartlett Ethics Commission

191. Cany Ash, Founder, Caravanserai

192. José Abásolo, Co-Director, ariztiaLAB 

193. Günter Nest, Director, Habitat Forum Berlin

194. Manuel Toledo-Otaegui, Co-founder & Programme Director, Architecture Film Festival London

195. Wellington Cançado, Co-founder and Editor, PISEAGRAMA Magazine, Cosmopolis Group/School of Architecture and Design, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

196. Hennie Reynders, Chair, Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

197. Irena Lehkoživová, Curator, VI PER Gallery, Prague

198. John May, Area Head, History and Philosophy of Design + Media, Harvard GSD

199. Tanja Winkler, Tania Katzschner, Cecil Madell, Nancy Odendaal, University of Cape Town Planning Programme

200. Ana Luiza Nobre, Coordinator, Là Laboratório de Análises Arquitetônicas, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, PUC-Rio

201. DAAME

202. Independent School for the City

203. Madeeha Yasin Merchant, Founder, Urban Justice League 

204. Hoor Al-Qasimi, Director, Sharjah Art Foundation

205. Margaret Crawford, Chair, Master of Urban Design Program, UC Berkeley

206. Editorial Board, Scapegoat: Landscape, Architecture, Political Economy

207. Praxis: A Socialist and Abolitionist Planning Graduate Student Collective, UCLA

208. Car Martin, Founder, Cyan Station

209. Taylor Holloway, Founder and Director, Public Design Agency

210. Studio Bikin

211. Pedro Jiménez Pacheco, Director, Research Center of Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at University of Cuenca, Ecuador 

212. Joel Gilbert Anderson, Founding Principle, People Design Co-operative

213. Barbara Fischer, Executive Director, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

214. Student Planning Organization, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

215. Haim Yacobi, Program Leader, Master Health in Urban Development, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL 

216. Ying Chik (Vanessa) Lee & Eugene Lau, Co-Presidents, College of Environmental Design Students of Color

217. Libby Porter, Mittul Vahanvati, Iris Levin, Andrew Butt, Wendy Steele, Benno Engels, Ascelin Gordon, Cathryn Kay, Daria Moskwiak, Sustainability and Urban Planning Program, RMIT University

218. Sommerakademie Paul Klee

219. Urbegony- Architecture Education without Borders

220. The Architecture Lobby - Tkaronto Chapter

221. Ahmad Khamees Seyam, JEA Board member and Architecture Division Chairman, Jordan Engineers Association / Architecture Division

222. AbdouMaliq Simone, Beth Perry, Jonathan Silver, Simon Marvin, Vanesa Castan Broto, Executive Team, The Urban Institute, University of Sheffield

223. Murad Kalaldeh, President, Jordanian Planning Forum

224. Ed Wall, Lead for Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, University of Greenwich

225. SKNZ Design

226. Clarissa F. Sampaio Freitas, Program Head, Graduate Program of Architecture, Urbanism & Design, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

227. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

228.  Ana Paula Baltazar, Head of Programme, NPGAU, Post-graduate Programme of Architecture and Urbanism, School of Architecture, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

229. 'Espaces genrés/gendered spaces’, École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris-Malaquais


231. School of Architecture, University of Utah

232. De Loeiende Koe, Ugent Architectuur

233. Marie Coulon, Director, Betts Project

234. Manon Mollard, Eleanor Beaumont, Lili Zarzycki, Ellen Peirson, Rosa Ainley, Tom Carpenter (Editorial Team), The Architectural Review

235. Mulheres na Arquitectura (Portugal)

236. Ignacio Rivas, Leandro Cappetto, Co-Founders, La Escuela Nunca y los Otros Futuros

237. Catalina Ortiz, Program Leader, Master in Building and Urban Design in Development, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL 

238. Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley, Warren & Mosley studio

239. Luna Khirfan, Lead Investigator, Stream Daylighting Research Group, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada

240. Faculty of the PhD Program in Architecture, GSAPP, Columbia University

241. Shariyeh Hosseini Nasab, Department Head, COMSATS University Islamabad Lahore Campus

242. Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University 

243. Laboratoire ACS-ENSA Paris Malaquais

244. Rania Qawasma, Founder, Daarna “everyone deserves a home”

245. Malkit Shoshan, Director, Art, Design, and the Public Domain MDes, Harvard GSD

246. Patrizia Di Monte, Partner, Generative commons

247. Jack Eidt, Founder, Wild Heritage Planners

248. Research Group MOM (Morar de Outras Maneiras), School of Architecture, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

249. Céline Felício Veríssimo, Director, Curso de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Federal UNiversity of Latin American Integration

250. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (journal)

251. 221A, Vancouver/Unceded Territories 

252. Tomi Laja and Caleb Negash, Cochiars, Black in Design 2021

253. Shiloh Sukkau, Founder, September

254. Community and Regional Planning Department, University of New Mexico

255. Shumi Bose, Founder, Holdspace 


257. Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

258. Urban Commons Research Group (SSoA), Sheffield, UK 

259. The Doctoral Students and Candidates of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

260. Racial Equity and Environmental Justice Task Force, University of Waterloo, School of Architecture

261. Jose Alfredo Ramirez, Co-Director, Landscape Urbanism, Architectural Association

262. Hassan Elmouelhi, Project leader, Habitat Unit International Urbanism and Design, Berlin Technical University

263. Kabage Karanja, Director and Founder, cave_bureau

264. Forensic Oceanography

265. Another Possible Imaginary (API)

266. Tom Critchley, Director of Operations, Zaatari Radio

267. Planners of Color for Social Equity (PCSE), UCLA

268. Master in Environmental Studies Planning program, York University

269. President, Vice President, and Secretary, Faculty Women's Interest Group (FWIG), Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
270. Monica Junqueira Camargo, Head of the Department, Department of History of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo 

271. Mohamad El Hajj, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Lebanese University

272. Zarith Pineda, Founding Director, Territorial Empathy

273. Design Justice Network

274. Serena Brewer, Co-President, National Organization of Minority Architects Students (NOMAS), University of Michigan

275. Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG), Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
276. Cohab Athens

277. Collaborative
278. Ricardo Devesa, Editor in chief, Actar / urbanNext
279. David Amborski, Samantha Biglieri, Chris De Sousa, Nemoy Lewis, Nina-Marie Lister, Victor Perez-Amado Lyndsey Rolheiser, Pamela Robinson, MatthiasSweet, Summer Sutton, Magdalena Ugarte, Zhixi Zhuang, Faculty Members, School of Urban and Regional Planning, X (Ryerson) University
280. Adam Khan, Adam Khan Architects
281. Nicola Bacon, Founding Director, Social Life
282. Lindsay Bremner, Director of Research, School of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster
283. DSUP - Doctoral Students in Urban Planning, The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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