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10TH ANNUAL J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture | IMPATIENCE!

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW



June A. Grant, RA, NOMA, Founder and Design Principal at blink!LAB architecture



When: Friday, ARCHTOBER 09, 2020


Confronting Erasure by Going Beyond Hope and Goodwill

Join the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycoba | NOMA), the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and the Bond Center for Urban Futures in celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the founding of the J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture. Established in 2010 as a joint collaboration, this is an annual design talk in memory of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA, NOMA, an architect, advocate, teacher, and trailblazer of his time. The Bond Lecture addresses issues that were important to Max Bond: equity, inclusive design, communities, and global cultures, in particular Africa (Ghana).

This year, our honored speaker is June A. Grant, RA, NOMA, Founder and Design Principal at blink!LAB architecture; a boutique research-based architecture and urban design practice. Disturbed by the current trend of light-touch paint urbanism, with no investment in community amenities; such as libraries, homes, bus stops, street lights, beautiful spaces for our bodies in celebration, Grant has been exploring self-directed projects as a method to initiate catalytic change which celebrates local culture through form while simultaneously inventing design strategies aimed at the sustainable regeneration and conservation of African American communities. Her multi-disciplinary design approach is a desire to give shape to the impact of migration and its resultant layered social patterns as fundamental to understanding local context. Grant will present realized and envisioned projects from the domestic to the building and urban scale of her studio's examination of the interrelatedness of the human experience. For this 10th Anniversary lecture attendees are invited to consider how they can participate in leading the transformation of environments and urban systems by embracing their own impatience as agents of social change.

About the speakers:

June A. Grant, RA, NOMA, is Founder and Design Principal at blink!LAB architecture. Launched in 2014, Blink!LAB was created based on Grant’s 20 years experience in architecture, design and urban regeneration of cities and communities.

 Her design approach rests on an avid belief in cultural empathy, data research, and new technologies as integral to design futures and design solutions. Grant is also the current President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SFNOMA); a twelve year-old organization where members include Architects, Interior Designers, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, Policy Advocates and Activists implementing the SFNOMA mission: Design to Empower, Educate and foster Economic growth in underserved communities. 

This program is organized in conjunction with Archtober, New York City's month-long architecture and design festival.

Organized by: nycoba | NOMA, AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and The Bond Center for Urban Futures

Sponsored by The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Perkins and Will, Snohetta, The Switzer Group, AvroKO, GregorySwitzer Architecture PC, and contributions made from Friends of the J Max Bond Jr. Lecture


NOMA Member: Free

AIA Member: $5
Student with Valid ID: Free
General Public: $10


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