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BLACK LIVE(S) & BLACK SPACE(S) Care, Community: Housing

February 23, 2023 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place

Presented by Pratt’s School of Architecture and the Undergraduate Architecture department
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place, Pratt’s Brooklyn campus

Free and open to the public; reservations required


Gary Bates, Architect, co-founder of SPACEGROUP
Rodney Leon, Architect, founder and principal of Rodney Leon Architects, Pratt Alumnus, BArch ’92
Pascale Sablan, Pascale Sablan, Architect, Activist, Associate Principal of Adjaye Associates, President of National Organization of Minority Architects Pratt Alumna, BArch ’06
Andrew Thompson, Architect, Passaic County Architect, Pratt Alumnus, BArch ’91
Malik Yoba, Actor, advocate, founder of Yoba Development


Stephen Slaughter, Chair, Undergraduate Architecture at Pratt
Jerrod Delaine, Developer, Visiting Professor, Pratt’s School of Architecture

The School of Architecture and the Undergraduate Architecture department at Pratt Institute would like to invite the community of Brooklyn and beyond to a conversation between African-American professionals, architects, and developers about the discriminatory housing policies that have devastated the economic and social fabric of the Black community. Our expert panel, including notable Pratt alumni and faculty, will also examine how, in light of numerous failed urban renewal and urban redevelopment strategies, Black practitioners and creative leaders can work to transform the housing arena.

Supported by Pratt Presents

This event is part of Pratt Institute’s new Design Equity initiative, a provocative series of discussions and events dedicated to shaping a sustainable and just future in New York City (and beyond). As we move out of the pandemic and into a new chapter, we’ll examine how civic and creative leaders effect positive change in arenas such as housing, climate resilience, education, and more. Design Equity also highlights the ways in which Pratt’s faculty and alumni bring their creative education and community-first approach to spark change and create a more just and sustainable tomorrow.