The Racialized Architecture Course is the basis for our workshops on racial oppression and systemic inequity in design fields. This curriculum covers the dynamics in which the architecture practice has willingly participated in the racist actions of colonized space. Our course is made available through the mediums listed below.

Designing With Action Series In this mode of engagement, DCo members walk through the course with your organization every step of the way. Titled Designing With Action, the three-part workshop series highlights our design justice process and is meant to develop an understanding of how to create safe & sacred space. Learn More
Racialized Architecture Webinar This presentation teaches how unjust power structures inhibit marginalized identities’ experience with design.  Participants will come away with the foundations needed to discuss methods to create safe space and combat injustice. DCo also offers an optional Q&A session afterwards, with a DCo team member present to answer questions. Learn More
Curriculum Creation This engagement is specifically tailored to academic institutions ready to diversify the way architecture is taught & practiced. DCo will work collaboratively with your institution to create a design justice curriculum that either integrates anti-racist practices into your existing studios or stands alone as a new required course Contact
Designing With Action Series Overview

This course unpacks racist ideologies and practices found in the architecture profession and re-contextualizes the power structures in place to create equitable environments.

Typically, architects approach a problem via parameters of design needs without including parameters of injustice and oppression – what if we reversed that practice? DCo will walk your company through our design justice process using our 3 C’s [Challenge, Collaborate, Create] to develop an understanding of how to create safe and sacred space.

Workshop 1: Racialized Architecture Competency

Team members will be challenged to participate in a workshop that develops their understanding of how existing power structures inhibit how marginalized identities experience design.

Workshop 2: Design & Spatial Justice Practices

Through the examination of design justice principles, the staff will collaboratively generate interventions that prioritize anti-racism policy in the design process.

Workshop 3: Creating Sustainable Futures

Combines the best efforts of leadership and staff to develop metrics to achieve design justice principles in the practice.

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Racialized Architecture Webinar Overview

This course is the foundation of a three part series called Designing With Action which prepares organizations to build their practices to prioritize justice & liberation in their work.

This recorded video/audio course will equip your organization with the tools and vocabulary necessary to begin dismantling systems of oppression within your practice & work. The course is centered on the concept of Racialized Space and how it manifests itself throughout history in the architectural profession. See the video below for a sample from the course.

Topics covered in this presentation include:

  • Imperialism
  • Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • White Supremacy
  • White Idealism in Architectural History
  • Racism within our Institutions
  • Gentrification
  • Segregation
  • Anti-Racist Policies
  • Decolonizing Space
  • Spatial Justice
  • Design Justice
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