Architect, artist, academic and activist, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins’ creative practice specializes in engaging communities in collaborative and participatory design processes. He’s particularly interested in Public Interest Design and the production of various forms of space; understanding publically accessible and responsive design can radically transform the trajectory of lives and environments, especially for those on the margins of society. Awarded the 2014 A’ Design International Competition Silver Award for Social Design, his designs have been featured in such publications as the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Atlantic and Fast Company. A leading scholar of African Americans in the field of architecture, his books, essays, articles, and public talks explore the rich social, cultural, political, historical and aesthetic contributions of oft-ignored practitioners of color with the kind of broad, critical and celebratory insight that comes from over 3 decades of personal, professorial, and professional experience. His essays have been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, International Review of African American Art, Art South Africa, Volume, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Detroit News among others. Recipient of a 2008 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's Collaborative Practice Award, a 2010 Kresge Fellow, and a 2011 design juror for the National Endowment of the Arts, the former director of the Detroit Community Design Center and respected Hip Hop architectural theorist is the author of multi-award winning “The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture & Music” (University of Minnesota 2007) as well as “Ruffneck Constructivist” (Dancing Foxes Press/ICA 2014), “Diversity Among Architects: From Margin to Center” (Routledge 2016) and co-editor of “Activist Architecture: A Field Guide to Community-Based Practice” (DCDC Publications 2015). He is most recently the winner of the 2015 “Dear Architecture” International Ideas Competition sponsored by Blank Space.
Dr. Wilkins received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, his masters at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and his bachelors from the University of Detroit School of Architecture.