Winter 2020 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Bryan Norwood
Preferred Pronoun: He/Him/His
Affiliation/Title: Assistant Professor of Architecture; Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows
Degree(s): Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy; Master of Arts in Philosophy; Master of Arts in Architecture; PhD in History and Theory of Architecture
Home Country: United States
Language(s) Spoken: English
Gender Identity: Male
Racial Identity/Ethnicity: White
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite book and why: Recently, I really enjoyed the sweeping narrative conjured by Richard Powers’s The Overstory for the way it threads deeply human stories into the long environmental history of trees in North America. I think he pulled off this magical balance between showing how small and contingent each of our lives are in the grand scheme of things while at the same time showing how each of our lives can matter and mean so much.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Eating good food.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: As an architectural historian at Taubman College, I work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through the content of my teaching and the focus of my research. This means understanding where I am coming from and my limitations, as well as telling robust narratives about architecture that reckon with difference.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Diversity, equity, and inclusion matter to me as an architectural historian because the world we work in shapes how we encounter the past, just as the past shapes how we encounter the world.