This episode is another fun one and I really enjoyed getting to know fellow UVA alum, Dr. Kendall Nicholson, better in this episode. We cover Race and Architecture, storytelling and empathy. We also touch on how to tap into your network to travel to another country, lessons he’s learned so far being a father and how adopting kids through the foster care system has helped him flex his empathy muscles. This is an expansive conversation where we really get into how all everything is connected and how his experiences in one aspect of his life inform all others.
Building Highlight: Philadelphia Museum of Art. The final plan, adopted in March 1917, was a collaborative effort by the firm of Zantzinger, Borie, and Medary; Paul Cret; Horace Trumbauer; and various members of Trumbauer’s firm including Howell Lewis Shay and senior designer Julian Abele, the first African American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's architecture program and one of the first African American architects to come to prominence in the United States.
Bio: Dr. Kendall Nicholsonis a licensed educator, trained architectural designer, and an avid researcher. He works as the Director of Research and Information at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and is currently furthering his research at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with work focused on the confluence of race, architecture, and education. He has presented research internationally and his research interests surround equity, education, and curriculum within the discipline of architecture.
Nationally, his passion for equity and racial justice manifests in his role as the research consultant for the 2016 and 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey sponsored by AIA San Francisco and Equity by Design (EQxD). He also volunteers as a member of the AIA’s Equity and the Future of Architecture board committee and on the newly formed NOMA Research Comm.
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