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Design Justice: Power + Place

Our values are validated through the spaces and places we design and subsequently build. Power + Place explores the privilege and power structures that have defined injustice in the built environment from America's inception. We will look at the history of the design justice movement and how the theory of practice continually advocates for the dismantling of power ecosystems that use architecture and design to create injustice throughout the built environment. 

Like all institutions, Design imposes its power through policies, procedures, and practice and is subject to its own inherited biases. The lasting permanence of our professional decisions requires us to pay particular attention to the injustices that result from our work and to seek Design Justice wherever possible. Architecture has the power to speak to the language of the people it serves, we as designers, are at our best when we are willing to serve the people without power.

Part of the Humanities Center's "Communities" series. 

Bryan Lee, Jr. is an architect, educator, writer and Design Justice advocate. He is the founder/Design Director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice in New Orleans, Louisiana dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social, and cultural equity. He has led two award-winning youth design programs nationwide and is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform. Lee was most recently named one of the 2018 Fast Company Most Creative People in Business. In 2019, Colloqate became the youngest firm to win the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices award.

Thursday, September 19 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public


humanities, diversity



Humanities Center
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SCOTT FEARING left a positive review Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Despite a few "tech" issues, (Elmwood Ave construction and the Alert system test) it was great. Fascinating conversation, sadly, I didn't know there would be a reception after, so I had booked something else, so I had to leave. Wish I had known about the reception in advance.