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Constructing Common Ground – Roundtable Discussion

September 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Woodbury School of Architecture for a roundtable discussion as part of the Year of Climate Justice with Thurman Grant, Rashida Ng, and James Rojas.


Thurman Grant, Grant Gillis Architecture, Los Angeles

Thurman Grant is a Los Angeles-based architect and educator with over 25 years of experience working on a long list of built commercial, residential, and institutional projects, as well as award-winning design competitions in the U.S. and Asia, including being a design team member for both the First-prize winning San Francisco Embarcadero Waterfront Competition and the First-prize winning Danggam Housing Competition in Busan, South Korea.

Rashida Ng, Temple University, Philadelphia

Rashida Ng is an associate professor and chair of architecture and environmental design with the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. Ng served as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2019-2020, the first African-American woman to hold this position. Ng’s research seeks to negotiate the complex interrelationships between constructed and natural systems. She has authored numerous papers on these topics and co-edited the book, Performative Materials in Architecture and Design in 2013. More recently, Rashida has turned her attention to the intersection of racial and environmental justice in architecture.

James Rojas, Los Angeles

James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, and artist. He has developed a community engagement/visioning tool that uses memory, emotion, and design, to remove structural racism from urban planning. This one-hour, knowledge producing approach provides in-depth, and meaningful input for projects, and plans. He has facilitated 1,000 workshops and built 250 interactive models around the world- from the streets of New York to Mexico, Canada, Europe and South America. He has collaborated with municipalities, community groups, schools, and museums to engage, enlighten, and encourage self determination mainly in underserved communities on transportation, housing, health, and climate change.


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