Upcoming Symposium!

Architecture of HBCU Symposium

The Architecture of HBCUs: Principles, Legacy, and Preservation
School of Architecture and Planning
Morgan State University

November 5th + 6th 2015

This event will promote current scholarship concerning the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at HBCUs like Morgan and others around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCU's architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both. The tension between an institution's architectural legacy and its vision for the future characterizes many places of higher learning in the United States; this symposium will, therefore, address specifically the competing roles of preservation, conservation, and new construction at today's HBCUs. Our goal is to establish the topic in its own right and to attract participants from a wide range of institutions.

Symposium topics will include the unique characteristics of HBCU campuses, the special achievements of African-American architects on those campuses, and the significance of HBCU buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register. Special attention will be given to projects built during the watershed years of Modern Architecture in the three decades following World War II.

Questions? Contact Jeremy Kargon <jeremy.kargon@morgan.edu>

Invited Session Chairs:

Dr. Charles Davis II, UNCC
Dr. Ellen Weiss, Tulane University (Emerita)
Arthur Clement, AIA, Clement & Wynn, Atlanta
Prof. Dale Green, Morgan State University
Dr. Adrienne Brown, University of Chicago

Keynote Speaker

K. Ian Grandison, University of Virginia