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Space Unveiled: Edited by Dr. Carla Jackson Bell


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.

About the Author

Carla Jackson Bell, Director of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, has edited Space Unveiled: Invisible Cultures in the Design Studio, for the Routledge Research in Architecture series. Space Unveiled looks at issues of race, culture, gender, space and knowledge in design studios. Bell joined CADC in 2006 where her overall responsibility is to advance minority faculty, staff and students and seek funding for diverse programs in the college. CADC has experienced an 8 percent increase in recruitment success, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students under her leadership. Bell was named to the American Institute of Architects’ Diversity Council in 2013. For more about Space Unveiled, go here.

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