The Black in Design Conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), seeks to simultaneously recognize the contributions of African Descendants to the design fields and to broaden our definition of what it means to be a designer. Their belief is that the initial steps towards addressing social injustice through design are to reclaim the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy and to implicate designers as having a role in repairing our broken built environment.
As an attempt to share this discussion and responsibility of social equity through design, the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) chapter at LSU's School of Architecture is hosting a satellite exhibition and a joint-lecture and Q + A session on March 4th 2016 at 5pm with two of the Harvard University conference’s panelists: Dr. Craig Wilkins (Senior Lecturer of Architecture and Planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and Sara Zewde (Designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and 2014 National Olmstead Scholar).
While the satellite exhibition will provide a visual backdrop of the conference experience and work of current and alumni design students, the lectures and following Q + A session will be a platform for the contributions of African Descendants to the design fields and to broaden the definition of what it means to be a designer. Together, the lecture and exhibition hope to encourage students and faculty to rethink our spaces at LSU and to catalyze dialogue about how LSU can be more intentional about our own design and community work in Baton Rouge.
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Thank you! And we hope to see you there!
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