Architecture Gave Me a Black Eye: A Note to Architectural Educators

Kendall A. Nicholson


November 19, 2021


“Every space I enter has been racially constructed well before my time.1 And the same is true for you. Architecture is and will always be a racial project unless we take deliberate steps to change it. As a discipline, we continue to design artifacts without asking the questions that matter. How can we create site plans without addressing issues of land reclamation? Why do we discuss street-facing facades without discussing who gets to remain as a longtime resident? What is design innovation without discussing historical forms of labor? To be frank, this is educational malpractice. Implementing a race-neutral architectural pedagogy maintains White supremacy by way of its negligent adherence to form and function.”