January 12, 2017
Author: mary stiger
Recent M.Arch graduate Opalia Meade is challenging the stereotypes associated with the architecture profession. Along with 4 other young professionals, she co-founded Designing in Color, a think-tank collaborative whose goal is to “challenge forms of oppression in architecture education and practice, defined by systems of socioeconomic class, racism, and patriarchy.” They are developing a platform that students and professionals can use as a resource to begin to deconstruct forms of oppression in architecture.
Designing in Color hosted a workshop at the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference in Los Angeles at the beginning of 2017. The goal of the workshop was to engage students and professionals in a conversation about oppression, and to raise awareness of this pressing matter. The discussion topics were threefold: