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Course Name
HT1214 - Towards an African American Inspired Architecture

Course Description

This course will explore an approach to architectural design that celebrates African American communities in the United States through referencing their culture, aesthetics, building practices and materials, and sense of spirituality. We will root the approach in the collective African Diaspora heritage of African Americans and examine how modern cultural trends relate back to traditional African traditions brought over by our ancestors. The goal of this course is to discuss and propose new forms of architecture inspired by the way African Americans perceive and utilize space as well as their unique challenges within an American context.


Course Details and Overview

April 10th - May 16th, 2021


  • Meeting Time: 2hrs once a week for 6 Weeks
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Day and Time: Saturdays, 12pm - 2pm (EST) / 5pm - 7pm (WAT)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Requirement for Certificate designation: One research assignment
  • Outcomes: Audit or Certificate
  • Required Readings: To be provided in the course online folder: a bibliography of African architecture publications, video documentaries and websites.


Week One: Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of the African Diaspora 

Week Two: The Evolution of African American Architecture in the United States 

Week Three: African American Culture and Spiritual Practices 

Week Four: Exploring an African American Aesthetic 

Week Five: African American Material and Community Development Philosophies 

Week Six: Toward New Forms of African American Architecture 

$ 250

    Professor Christian Coles
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