Image by Lanisha Blount, Whitney Hansley, and Michael Alan Williams.

Image by Lanisha Blount, Whitney Hansley, and Michael Alan Williams.

Diversity continues to be lacking in architecture, though the demographics of the profession are slowly changing. Despite politicians largely ignoring the injustices felt by many racial and ethnic groups, some designers are embracing this moment to discuss the role that architecture plays when it comes to equity, equality, identity, and agency.

These themes and many more are the focus of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) African American Student Union’s (AASU) second Black in Design conference, which starts today and runs through the weekend. Last held in 2015, the conference is branded as an event for “designing resistance” and “building coalitions.” This year’s event will welcome nearly 500 students and practitioners from around the country.

Three members of the five-person conference organizing community and GSD students—Natasha Hicks, Marcus Mello, and recent graduate, Amanda Miller—spoke with ARCHITECT to discuss their goals for Black in Design, and what they hope the greater architecture profession can learn from the event.