Black Space as a Material Form of Social Praxis presented by Charles Davis II, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Architecture History and Criticism
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Co-Chair, Society of Architectural Historians Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group
Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style
Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present
Charles L. Davis II is an associate professor of architectural history and criticism at the University at Buffalo. His academic research excavates the role of racial identity and race thinking in architectural history and contemporary design culture. His current book project, tentatively entitled “Black By Design: An Interdisciplinary History of Making in Modern America” recovers the overlooked contributions of black artists and architects in shaping the built environment from the Harlem Renaissance to Black Lives Matter. He is co-editor of "Race and Modern Architecture" (University of Pittsburgh, 2020), which collects 18 case studies on the racial discourses of modern architecture from the Enlightenment to the present. His book manuscript, "Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style" (University of Pittsburgh, 2019) traces the historical integrations of race and style theory in paradigms of “architectural organicism,” or movements that modeled design on the generative principles of nature. This research has been supported by grants from the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This lecture is made possible by the Jeanette K. Nieman Fund. The lecture is free and accessible to the public.