Our mission is to build upon the
philosophy of architect and activist
J. Max Bond Jr. to advance broad
solutions that help realize the
empowering capacity of the built environment.
We strive to enable people and the
built environment to provide equitable, democratic opportunities
and, living conditions to ensure
successful urban futures for all.
We believe that cities should reflect the kind of humanity we aspire to.
Our collective urban future is an uncertain one. Structural inadequacies, have increased urban inequality, and disparities particularly among underserved communities at a rate much faster than solutions.
The challenges they face are numerous,
affordable housing, displacement,
environmental injustice, health and
These are key indicators of social
and spatial justice, of which all citizens
have a right to.
The J. Max Bond Center is an organization with roots in the Nation's first community design corporations ARCH Architects Renewal Committee of Harlem founded in 1967.
We have a responsibility to
look, listen, learn and translate
the core social values that
ensure healthy equitable communities.
We believe this must be performed
with integrity and an accountability
to the very communities
we seek to serve.
We aim to create the
conditions and solutions
that empower communities
to reach their full potential.
We aspire to create forward thinking,
equitable and just cities that foster success
for both the individual and for the collective
Our platform seeks to leverage
interdisciplinary innovation in order to
integrate the complex urban intersections
of architecture, urbanization, policy,
technology, art, and sustainability.
"Architecture inevitably involves all the larger issues of society."
J. MAX BOND
J. Max Bond Jr. (1935-2009) former
Dean of the City College of New York
School of Architecture and Environmental
Studies was an internationally prominent
African-American architect, educator, and
advocate for racial and social justice.
In 2012, the Board of Trustees of the
City College of New York created the
J. Max Bond Center, located within
the Spitzer School of Architecture.
Our namesake, J. Max Bond comes
from a lineage of activists, committed
to the issues of social justice for those
on the margins – Max as an architect
and Julian Bond (Max’s cousins) as a lawyer.
Max and Julian’s legacy will continue
to shape JMBC’s pursuits to Design
for the Just City.
Achva Benzinberg Stein
Julio Salcedo F.
"I have always viewed architecture as a social art...
about values, culture and power.
Underlying my own design is a concern with social uplift."
J. MAX BOND JR. 1991
Our work is centered on creating
and transmitting innovation that
is both actionable and scalable
toward improving the welfare
of our human existence.
We respond to specific issues and create
cross-disciplinary vehicles to improve
social and cultural cohesion, equitable
architectural and urban production,
as well as a more socially responsible,
Areas of Interest:
WHAT WE DO
We engage in the transformative
work of creating equitable
communities of opportunity.
We are developing impactful
and applicable theory.
We are developing impactful
scalable strategies, problem
specific solutions and applicable theory.
Our work has 4 primary goals:
- Breaking down social hierarchy
- Stimulating civic participation
- Encouraging a more equitable & inclusive society
- Empowering people
PAST AND CURRENT PARTNERS