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.

part One|50 pages

Introduction and History

part Three|67 pages

Teaching Approaches in the Design Studio

chapter 9|13 pages

Space (Un)veiled

Techne as a Means of Promoting Visibility in the Beginning Design Studio

chapter 12|11 pages

Piecing Together Place

A Design Process

chapter 13|7 pages

Making Every Stitch Count

Lessons in Naturalistic Feedback

chapter 14|11 pages

Contested Spaces

Teaching Cultural Competency in the Design of American Cities

part Four|60 pages

Teaching Approaches in the Non-Design Curriculum

chapter 15|15 pages

Gender and Race in Contemporary Architecture

Reflections on a Seminar Taught for Over Two Decades

chapter 16|8 pages

NOMA Competition

Design Action

chapter 17|8 pages

In Situ

Diversifying Design Education Through “Green For Life”—A Community-Based Environmental Research, Education and Outreach Project

chapter 20|9 pages

Consensus Imagination

Design Competition in a Non-Studio Setting

part Five|20 pages


chapter 21|10 pages

On Otherness

Looking at (Different Ways of) Inculcating Diversity

chapter 22|8 pages

“Inside and Out”

Three Black Women's Perspectives on Architectural Education in the Ivory Tower