Symposium on Race, Ethnicity and Architecture in the Nation’s Capital / SAH Latrobe / Online, 2nd-26th February

Organized by the Latrobe Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians

Governments and private developers have employed built environments to control and regulate racialized bodies. Through the systemic planning of residential and commercial districts, public spaces, and transit, they ensured the growth of isolated enclaves whose economic health varied based on inhabitants’ race and ethnicity. Historically-specific understandings of race and ethnicity have likewise shaped the design and construction of the capital’s architecture, for example influencing the development of various building typologies, ranging from embassies and museums to shopping centers. The 13th Latrobe Chapter Biennial Symposium therefore calls for a timely investigation of the symbiotic relationship between race, ethnicity, and architecture in the greater Washington, DC region.

The symposium was originally scheduled to take in person at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America, but will now take place virtually via Zoom. The complete program and registration information is available on the Chapter’s website.

The symposium programme can be accessed and downloaded here.