AIA Northern Virginia
Whitney Young Exhibit at the Octagon through November 24
Posted Tuesday, June 19

The late civil rights leader, Whitney M. Young, Jr., is the subject of an exhibition at the Octagon, jointly curated by AIA and the Architects Foundation, on display through November 24.

The exhibit, 50 Years After Whitney Young Jr. explores Young's impact on the architecture profession 50 years after his keynote speech to the AIA National Convention in 1968 where he challenged architects to do more to address civil and social issues.
 
Young, who was the esteemed executive director of the National Urban League, had a lasting impression on the architecture profession. Following his speech, AIA began bestowing the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award on architects and organizations that embody social responsibility and actively address relevant community issues, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness or universal access. The Institute also created the Diversity Advancement Scholarship, which provides financial support for underrepresented minority students studying architecture.

Highlights and videos are available on the exhibit website.



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