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J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture | Attaining Wakandan Utopia

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM FRIDAY, ARCHTOBER 20

Where: Center for Architecture, 536 Laguardia Place, New York, NY 10012

Join the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA) and the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee for “Attaining Wakandan Utopia: Representation, Place-Making and the Diaspora,” presented as the 2018 J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture, an annual design talk in memory of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA, NOMA.

Danei Cesario


Kunlé Adeyemi
, Founder and Principal, NLÉ; Studio Critic, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Mario Gooden, Principal, Huff + Gooden Architects; Associate Professor of Practice, Columbia GSAPP
Ade Obayemi, Founder and Principal, AO + Associates



Mario Gooden is a cultural practice architect and principal of Huff + Gooden Architects. His practice engages the cultural landscape and the intersectionality of architecture, race, gender, sexuality, and technology. His work crosses the thresholds between the design of architecture and the built environment, writing, research, speaking, performance, and education advocacy in the pursuit of spatial and social justice. Gooden’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the International Exhibition of Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, the Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, the Storefront for Art & Architecture, and the Municipal Arts Society of New York. His work has also been featured in journals and publications, including ARTFORUM International Magazine, Architect Magazine, Architectural Record Magazine, Metropolis, Wallpaper, Architecture & Urbanism (A+U), and the New York Times. He previously worked in the studios of Zaha Hadid in London and Steven Holl in New York. Gooden’s studio is currently designing the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

Gooden is also a Professor of Practice at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation of Columbia University, where he is a co-director of the Global Africa Lab (GAL). His advanced design and theory studios focus on performance and cultural theory relative to global topics. Gooden is a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the Architectural League of New York. Most recently, Gooden is the author of Dark Space: Architecture Representation Black Identity (Columbia University Press) published in 2016.

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. He is the founder/principal of NLÉ and a Design Critic at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. NLÉ is an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. Notable works include Makoko Floating School, an innovative floating structure located on the lagoon in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria, and part of an extensive research project, African Water Cities.

Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high-profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library, and Prada Transformer in Seoul. He has taught at Cornell University and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University GSAPP, researching architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental, and economic needs.

Ade Obayemi is the founder and principal Architect of AO+Associates. He has been a ‘hands-on’ Developer/Architect for over 35 years, with leadership in design and practical disciplines of the construction, renovation, rehabilitation and restoration industry. He has assumed the role of Owner, Architect, and Contractor on several personal and institutional projects.

As a registered Architect, he therefbrings an innate ability to understand and identify client needs and concerns early in the design process. His technical and design experience is apparent in his approach to problem solving in the context of new construction and renovation. Solutions to specialty occupancy requirements, interior design, material selection, and sustainability benefits, are easily injected into projects at preliminary phases.

Since 2002, his green architectural and planning firm AO+Associates, has assisted in the designed and renovated of 23 brownstone buildings, portions of several administrative offices, and school buildings in NYC and throughout the greater tri-state region.

His professional practice has also been at the forefront of technological innovation in the administration and management of contract documents, and delivery of professional services on Revits & AutoCad platforms. He has led the company to its position as a preeminent Space Planning and Sustainable Design firm

Organized by: AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee and New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA)


Price: Free for students, AIA and NOMA members; $10 for the general public


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