Toward an Anti-Racist Architecture

On January 23, 2021, Amber sat on the panel Toward an Anti-Racist Architecture, a panel hosted and moderated by UCLA Architecture and Design PhD students.

How do we interrogate the architectural discipline and promote an anti-racist approach to the discourse?

This panel began a discussion on building an anti-racist discourse into architectural practice and architectural history. The intent was not simply to highlight or reify the concept of race or racism in architectural practice and history but to begin to build a language to dismantle and advance beyond these destructive forces. The ambition was to create a platform for exchanges and to link with other arenas that are already undertaking this anti-racist work and suggest how students can apply this practice in their futures. This panel brought together four professionals and scholars in various fields of overlapping design practice and study, asking them to speak not only about how they have integrated an anti-racist discourse into their work but also about how they have transformed their respective practices into moments of self-criticality in order to build an equitible and just future for design.

Panelists included:

  • Tsione Wolde-Michael, Curator of African American Social Justice History, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • Germane Barnes, Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL), University of Miami School of Architecture, Founder of Studio Barnes
  • Amber Wiley, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Art History Department
  • Sara Zewde, Assistant Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard GSD