Norman's Architecture Adventure, a children's book that celebrates diversity in the architecture field, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
"Norman's Architecture Adventure" is about a young African-American boy who wants to be an architect like his mom. She is his inspiration and best friend but he gets restless one day when she is busy working and he wants to explore. His curiosity gets the better of him as he sets out on his own into the unknown, meets new friends, and learns that having an imagination is the greatest adventure anyone can have.
"This book was inspired by my friend who is one of the youngest female African-American architects in the United States," said Josh Sanabria, author and illustrator of Norman's Architecture Adventure. "The story subtly challenges gender and racial roles while celebrating a child's innocence and imagination. I hope it can be part of a larger movement to encourage greater diversity in the profession I love."
Efforts to encourage more African-American women to pursue a career in architecture could not be more timely. Recent statistics convey a profession that is drastically behind the curve. The University of Cincinnati’s Database of African-American architects reports that out of 113,554 architects in the United States only 444 are African-American women.
This incredibly small 0.39 percent represents an opportunity for positive disruption from the top of the profession down to how children are inspired to pursue a life in architecture from an early age.
To learn more and support this mission-driven campaign, Norman's Architecture Adventure is available on Kickstarter until November 23rd.