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Join the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycoba | NOMA) and the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the 2019 J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture. Established in 2010 as a joint collaboration, this is an annual design talk in memory of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA, NOMA, an architect, advocate, teacher, and trailblazer of his time. The Bond Lecture addresses issues that were important to Max Bond: equity, inclusive design, communities, and global cultures, in particular Africa (Ghana).

This year, our honored speaker is Zena Howard, FAIA, a Principal and Managing Director of Perkins and Will North Carolina Practice. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she was mentored by Phil Freelon. Howard is a design leader, strategist, educator, and mentor in the profession who was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows last year. She is well known for her role on the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. She is also creating a legacy as a leader in the transformation of neighborhoods through community-engaged urban design practices. Her unique approach includes the conception of what she terms “Remembrance Projects,” which apply community engagement principles to infuse historical context into built work. Howard’s work on urban futures aims to repair and renew communities of color damaged by ill-conceived urban renewal projects of recent decades. In our time of continued challenges to communities, including gentrification, disparities of resources, and imposed historical amnesia, we must look to Zena’s work for inspiration and guidance to build and heal.

This year, we are grateful for our additional partnership with the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures and space support from Parsons School of Design.

Zena K. Howard, FAIA, Principal, Perkins and Will

Mabel O. Wilson, Professor, Columbia University (GSAPP); Co-Director, Global Africa Lab

Post-Lecture Reception
Following the lecture, there will be a reception for attendees at the Center for Architecture, located at 536 LaGuardia Place. When registering, you must indicate if you plan to attend the reception as well as the lecture.

5:30 – 6:00 PM: Doors open at the New School
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Lecture at The New School
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Reception at the Center for Architecture featuring DJ Alias

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City’s month-long architecture and design festival.

Please register in advance as walk-up accommodation will be limited.

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