In an industry first, employees of New York–based Bernheimer Architecture unionize and join the IAMAW

In a major development first reported this morning by the New York Times, the employees of multidisciplinary design practice Bernheimer Architecture have formed the first—and for now only—functional union at a private-sector architecture firm in the United States. Employees of the 22-person firm will join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) through their Architectural Workers United (AWU) campaign.

Based in Brooklyn, Bernheimer Architecture is led by principal Andrew Bernheimer, also an associate professor at the Parson School of Design. Per its website, the “studio is committed to designing sustainable and resilient architecture by crafting productive environments for people and their communities.”

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