Sanford E. Garner, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP ND, NCARB, is founding partner and president of A2SO4 Architecture, LLC, Indianapolis. Recent projects include work on the Lucas Oil Stadium, parking and terminal facilities at the Indianapolis airport, Sky Tower in Abu Dhabi, and Masdar City. A graduate of Howard University School of Architecture & Design, he has served as president of the Indianapolis AIA component and on the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Garner recently began a two-year term as president of the National Organization of Minority Architects. In 2007, he was named to the BD+C “40 Under 40” elite list.

May 18, 2011

         
 

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Garner on diversity

I agree with the need and desirability of diversity. Your knowledge of tax and funding mechanisms is part of the knowledge diversity your firm obviously possesses. As to the "profitability of diversity", we need this kind of leadership, and it would be nice to buttress our claim with proof--Are diverse (and in what way diverse) firms more "profitable"? What do we mean by "profitable"? Because we are diverse, are our communities better places to live? Are our human and natural resources more efficiently and effectively engaged? Are we passing on to our children and grandchildren an environment in which they can live fully and well? I know these are difficult times for the profession and much of our society. There have always been troubled times, and in such times leadership is more necessary than ever. And not just for NOMA members, but for all the profession, all the real estate and construction industry, and for our society. To the extent that NOMA lives the professional's credo of placing the client's interests first, and leads by example, more architects will manifest the courage to lead and make all NOMA's stakeholders, from its members to the public, more "profitable"--in all the ways our society needs today.