The J. Max Bond, Jr. Fund supports programming in honor of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA, NOMA, (1935-2009) an African American architect, global citizen, and activist who made trailblazing contributions to the profession and beyond. He was a partner at Davis Brody Bond and former Dean of the City College of New York School of Architecture and Environmental Studies. The J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture was founded in 2010 as a collaboration between the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycoba|NOMA), the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures at the City College of New York. Past speakers have included June A. Grant, RA, NOMA, Founder and Design Principal, blink!LAB architecture; Zena K. Howard, FAIA, Principal, Perkins and Will; Bryan C.Lee Jr., Founder and Director, Colloqate Design; and Phil Freelon, FAIA, NOMA, Managing and Design Director, Perkins and Will. We’re honored to have hosted many additional speakers; watch past talks in our video archives. After years spent gathering the support and attention of AIANY members and the broader architecture and design community, the fund became endowed in 2021.
The fund’s inaugural lecture series and future initiatives aim to enhance Bond’s legacy by producing collaborative programming that elevates contemporary voices and addresses issues related to equity, underrepresented communities in design, and global cultures—particularly those of Africa and the African diaspora. These causes were fundamental to Bond’s own life, both while he worked in New York City and during a three-year period he spent stationed in Ghana.
J. Max Bond, Jr. programming is organized by: