Term: Fall 2023
Section: 1
Class Number: 603
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes

/ ARCH 603

Design Justice: Architecting Institutional Change

As the Black Lives Matter movement led protests against racial injustice and violence in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in the summer of 2020, “design justice” emerged as an ambition for many students of architecture and their faculty and professional allies. In the form of statements, manifestos, open letters, and calls to action, design justice eventually came to name a variety of institutional critiques and reforms of architectural education and practice. While these critiques and reforms centered on the ways in which educational and professional institutions were enmeshed within and reproduced larger dynamics around racism, they also referenced capitalism, colonialism, the carceral state, environmental injustice, and other systems and forms of oppression. This seminar will explore design justice within a longer history of struggles around racism in U.S. schools of architecture. In so doing, we will also study intersections and contradictions between design justice and institutional initiatives around diversity, equity, and inclusion; the relationship between design justice and spatial justice; and case studies of design justice initiatives. The seminar is conceived as a medium to institutionally memorialize student-led activism around design justice, to pass that memory across successive generations of student cohorts, and to involve new student cohorts in institutional change that centers design justice. 


Tue 3:00-6:00pm  2213 A&AB


Andrew Herscher