Events And Opportunities

Harvard GSD's 2017 Black in Design Conference: "Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions"

October 6, 7, & 8, 2017
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tickets and registration information available on program website

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the GSD's African American Student Union (AASU) will hold their second-ever Black in Design Conference on October 6, 7, and 8, with the primary goal of recognizing the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields, and promoting discourse around the agency of design professions—architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning & design—to address and dismantle institutional barriers that affect African-American communities.

We are especially excited to note this year’s keynote speakers: LAXArt executive director Hamza Walker as the opening keynote speaker on Friday, October 6, and activist DeRay Mckesson on Saturday, October 7. Full program is available to review on Black in Design's website.

This year’s event, entitled Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions, continues the work of the 2015 inaugural conference, which brought together more than 400 design researchers and practitioners from across the United States. The conference will break into four themes: Exploring and Visualizing Identities, Communicating Values, Mobilizing and Organizing, and Design Futuring. With a powerful roster of speakers, the energy of two remarkable keynote presenters, and the passion and optimism of a dedicated group of Harvard students, this year’s conference aims to advance dialogue and present actionable design plans.

The conference begins Friday evening, October 6, with a full day of panels on Saturday, October 7, and conclusion on Sunday, October 8. All events will take place at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Gund Hall (48 Quincy Street, Cambridge). Full details available at:

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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