SoA Lecture: Jack Travis, FAIA, NOMAC

Jack Travis
September 25, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

The School of Architecture presents a public lecture by Jack Travis, FAIA, NOMAC, followed by a Q&A. 

An American interior designer, architect, author, and educator, Jack Travis's work investigates Black history and culture and includes forms, motifs, materials and colors that reflect this heritage. The focus of his work ranges from cultural content to sustainable design methodologies, to alternative educational practices.

In 1992, Travis edited African American Architects: In Current Practice, the first publication to profile the work of Black architects practicing in the U.S. In June 1985, he established his namesake design studio. To date, the firm has completed projects for clients such as film director Spike Lee, actor Wesley Snipes, John Saunders of ABC sports and fashion retailer Giorgio Armani. In 1994, he founded the Studio for Afri-Culturalism in Architecture and Design, a nonprofit organization that collects, documents, and disseminates information on African Americans and African-American culture.  Currently, Travis is working on the flagship exhibition for the Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar, Senegal.

Travis is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was inducted into the Council of Elders of the National Organization of Minority Architects, the highest honor that each organization bestows upon its individual members. 

The title of his lecture is "Atmospheres + Perspectives." 

"Practice and pedagogy are integral parts of the traditional role of any architect," Travis says. "A Black architect, in today‚Äôs society and all throughout the past, has had to shoulder the extra burden of being advocate and mentor for the race. 'Atmospheres + Perspectives' will: discuss the role of a Black architect from my perspective, provide further insight as to the accomplishments Black design professionals of the past, and attempt to make a case for evolving a Black aesthetic in the environmental design disciplines."

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Please register at this link.