Places + Fay Jones School Present a Virtual Lecture Series on Equity in the Built Environment

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This semester we’re delighted to team up with our partners at Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas to present the Fall 2020 Virtual Lecture series in collaboration with the University of Arkansas Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

The series, coordinated by assistant professor Brian Holland, focuses on issues of equity in the built environment, and brings together six leading voices to explore the role that designers and architects can play in addressing racial and social justice. As Holland explains, “we want to uncover opportunities for building a more equitable world using the tools of our disciplines.”

The first lecture, on October 5, will be presented by Sara Jensen Carr, assistant professor of architecture, urbanism, and landscape at Northeastern University and the recipient of the 2019 Oregon | Places Prize. The series continues weekly on Mondays throughout October and November with lectures by Mira Henry, co-principal of Current Interests and a faculty member at SCI-Arc on October 12; Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, co-founders of Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism on October 19; Lesley Lokko, dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York on October 26; Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture on November 2; and Irene Cheng, associate professor of architecture at California College of the Arts, on November 9. All lectures will take place via Zoom at 4pm Central time, and are free and open to all. Complete this form to register.

The semester-long collaboration builds upon the inaugural Places Journal Lecture in Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism at Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design last November. The lecture, “Dialectical Regionalism: For a Green New Deal,” was presented by Reinhold Martin, director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, and led to the development of his recent essay for the journal, “Abolish Oil.”

Dean Peter MacKeith noted that “the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design shares the mission and commitments of Places Journal: to advance a more just, more equitable world through the transformative energies of design – in education, scholarship, publication, and practice. Our collaboration last year was inspirational and we look forward now to presenting an entire public lecture series with Places, one to which each presenter brings a clear, strong voice and perspective.”

The series is also made possible in part by a gift from Ken and Liz Allen of Fayetteville, Arkansas, part of several commitments the Allens have made to the school’s programs and initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion.