MArch graduate Demar Matthews was recently featured as part of Archinect’s 2020 Thesis Spotlight Series. His thesis work is grounded in ideas to develop and identify a Black aesthetic in architecture. Demar decided to curate all of his research on a website, offtopdesign.com, as an exploration of Black aesthetics and a platform for his ongoing work.
In his previous article on Archinect, A Black Architecture Education Experience, he notes how his educational experience in studying architecture was a driving force during his thesis.
When asked about one of his key learning moments, Matthews noted that, “Getting drawings through the building department was a key learning moment. As students, we are often told what our responsibilities will be for the first couple years of being at a firm, and it is rarely something to get excited about. But to go through the building process from funding, finding engineers/contractors, all the way up to the permit phase taught me so much. It taught me how architecture can be used as a tool.”
Read the full interview and discover Demar’s work online here.