Bryan C. Lee Jr.

Design as Protest: Building Power

Design as Protest explores the privilege and power structures that have defined injustice from America's inception. Like all institutions, Design imposes its power through policies, procedures, and practice and is subject to its own inherited biases. We 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. The lasting permanence of our professional decisions requires us to pay particular attention to the residual impact of our work in 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 denied power.

Bryan C. Lee Jr.

Colloqate Design

Bryan Lee is an architect and design justice advocate as well as founder/director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice. Along with this is he the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National day of Action. Bryan has led two award-winning architecture + design programs for high school students and has received multiple national awards and fellowships most recently noted as one of the 2018 Fast Company Most Creative People in Business.