Book Chapter
'Inside and Out' : Three Black Women's Perspectives on Architectural Education in the Ivory Tower

Since the early 1800s, African Americans have designed signature buildings; however, in the mainstream marketplace, African American architects, especially women, have remained invisible in architecture history, theory and practice.

Traditional architecture design studio education has been based on the historical models of the Beaux-Arts and the Bauhaus, with a split between design and production teaching. As the result of current teaching models, African American architects tend to work on the production or technical side of building rather than in the design studio. It is essential to understand the centrality of culture, gender, space and knowledge in design studios.

Space Unveiled is a significant contribution to the study of architecture education, and the extent to which it has been sensitive to an inclusive cultural perspective. The research shows that this has not been the case in American education because part of the culture remains hidden.

From the Abstract Provided by Carla Jackson Bell

Title
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDavis F, J. Daniels Y, Wilson MO
EditorBell CJackson
Book TitleSpace Unveiled: invisible cultures in the design studio
Chapter22
Paginationpg. 227-235
PublisherRoutledge
CityAbingdon, Oxon and New York , New York
Keywordsafrican american professional education, architecture and race, professional education of women
Abstract

Since the early 1800s, African Americans have designed signature buildings; however, in the mainstream marketplace, African American architects, especially women, have remained invisible in architecture history, theory and practice.

Traditional architecture design studio education has been based on the historical models of the Beaux-Arts and the Bauhaus, with a split between design and production teaching. As the result of current teaching models, African American architects tend to work on the production or technical side of building rather than in the design studio. It is essential to understand the centrality of culture, gender, space and knowledge in design studios.

Space Unveiled is a significant contribution to the study of architecture education, and the extent to which it has been sensitive to an inclusive cultural perspective. The research shows that this has not been the case in American education because part of the culture remains hidden.

From the Abstract Provided by Carla Jackson Bell