Wallenberg Studio Juror Lecture: Charles Davis II
Charles L. Davis II is an assistant professor of architectural history and criticism at the University at Buffalo. His academic research excavates the role of racial identity and race thinking in architectural history and contemporary design culture. He has published articles and essays in Architectural Research Quarterly, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Harvard Log, Aggregate, Append-x, Design Magazine, and VIA. His book, Race & Modern Architecture (University of Pittsburgh, 2020) edited with Mabel O. Wilson and Irene Chang, is a carefully edited history written to fill in gaps in historical knowledge and illuminate racial injustices playing out in contemporary cities that collects 18 case studies on the racial discourses of modern architecture from the Enlightenment to the present. His Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style (University of Pittsburgh, 2019) traces the historical integrations of race and style theory in paradigms of “architectural organicism,” or movements that modeled design on the generative principles of nature.
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