More than 35 female faculty at the Graduate School of Design have signed onto a statement in support of student activism in response to a spreadsheet accusing men at the school of engaging in sexual and racial misconduct.
The “Shitty Architecture Men” spreadsheet was an anonymous, publicly available list that named 18 GSD affiliates as perpetrators of misconduct towards school affiliates and others in the architecture world more broadly. The accused range from studio instructors to lecturers to top leaders at the school, including current Design School Dean Mohsen Mostafavi and former chair of the school’s Department of Architecture Iñaki Ábalos.
The spreadsheet also named over 100 architects and academics affiliated with other universities and firms. It is now “temporarily closed,” according to a message posted by the list’s administrators.
In response to the list, individual students and student organizations at the GSD hung banners denouncing sexual misconduct in the school’s main workspace last month and wrote a letter to the school urging administrators to take “concrete” action to prevent sexual misconduct. They have continued to hold meetings with school leaders to discuss harassment at the school and in the field at large.
Since the start of student activism around the issue, the school “made plans” to hire a diversity and inclusion officer, according to an email Mostafavi sent to Design School affiliates in April.
Design School Executive Dean Patricia Roberts first sent the statement by female faculty to GSD students, faculty, and staff on April 23. After a number of female faculty wanted to sign the list, an updated version was sent out May 3.