Anti-racist Design Education and Practice with Dark Matter University - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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In this session, designers with Dark Matter University will share their experiences and efforts to explore ideas and actions for how design and landscape architecture institutions and practices can better acknowledge and address racism in the profession, education, and practice.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how racism and whiteness in the built environment fields impact communities of color and practitioners in the field.
  • Learn the concepts of design justice as they connect social justice to design and built environment practices beyond only diversity and inclusion or community engagement practices.
  • Learn how to contribute to future dialogues around anti-racism/anti-Black racism education in the profession.
  • Learn how to engage and support new efforts catalyzed by the 2020 pandemic and protests such as Dark Matter University and Design as Protest to address racism in landscape architecture education and practice.

Justin Garrett Moore, AICP, NOMA

Program Officer

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Justin Garrett Moore is the program officer for the Humanities in Place program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work focuses on advancing equity, inclusion, and social justice through place-based initiatives and programs, built environments, cultural heritage projects, and commemorative spaces and landscapes. He has extensive experience in architecture, planning, and design—from urban systems, policies, and building projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, preservation, public realm, and arts initiatives. In 2021, Moore received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and was named to the United States Commission of Fine Arts by President Joseph Biden.

Jenn Low, ASLA

Director of Communications

The Urban Studio

Jenn is the Communications Director at the Urban Studio and Deputy Director of the 1882 Foundation where she leads place-keeping initiatives in D.C.'s Chinatown, including the Dear Chinatown Mapping Project. With thirteen years of experience as a landscape architect and her recent studies as an integrative designer, Jenn works at the intersection of participatory design and public history. Her work seeks to redistribute power in our design processes to advance our work toward spatial justice. Jenn is also a core organizer with Dark Matter University, a collective of design educators working toward an anti-racist model of design education and practice.

Kiki Cooper, Assoc. ASLA

Kiki Cooper, ASLA

Design As Protest

Kiki Cooper (they/them) earned a B.A. in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University. After graduation and working in the Boston area for several years they are now working towards their dual degrees in Master of Landscape/Urban Design and Master of Design Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Kiki is an active member of the ASLA Emerging Professionals Committee and is a Design as Protest Core Organizer. During their undergrad and after entering the profession, they developed a myriad of passions that shaped their core design principles rooted in food security, equitable design, community building, and design justice.

Maria Villalobos

Assistant Professor. Master in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism

IIT. College of Architecture

Villalobos is an Assistant Professor at IIT. She obtained her Ph.D. at the School of Landscape Architecture of Versailles, France. In 2017, she won the first prize in the Venezuelan Architecture Biennial for the Rehabilitation of the Botanical Garden of Maracaibo. It was the first time that a Landscape Architecture entry and women were granted this award. Villalobos also holds a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University GSD, where she received the Annual Award for Excellence in Housing Design in 2004. In 2015 Villalobos founded Botanical City to call attention on the preservation of endangered tropical cultural landscapes.


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