Architecture follows culture, which means architecture can only be as antiracist as our culture is. This course explores how culture and inclusion shape physical and non-physical spaces in architecture. We will begin with a historical and cultural perspective on African and African American architecture to examine the principles that have shaped African vernacular architecture. We will also explore this topic as a contemporary issue through the work of Black architects designing for the future. Using post-apartheid South Africa and African American contemporary explorations of architecture as case studies, we will examine how these principles can be translated into contemporary architecture that is antiracist, diverse, and inclusive. We will delve into often-overlooked cultures and architectures, focusing on how culture shapes architecture and how architecture can contribute to social justice. Additionally, we will examine how the ideals and values of diversity and inclusion have shaped architects and their design processes. This course aims to inspire attendees to create architecture that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, culturally sensitive, and socially responsible. By drawing inspiration from the past instead of imitating it, we can reimagine what African and African American contemporary architecture looks like while promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the built environment.
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204