This blog is dedicated to exploring the historical intersections of race and architecture around the world. It is a space for reflecting upon the influence of racial discourses on the writing of architectural history, the representation of world cultures, and the shifting demographics of the architectural profession. These efforts contribute to a critique of exclusive civilizational narratives that lay the groundwork for a more inclusive estimation of the past.
I will include book reviews, editorials, and summaries of my own research in this blog as time and space permit. Feel free to make recommendations about books, events, or places that you think are related to this topic.
BIO: I am an architectural historian and critic. I completed my Master’s of Architecture at the University at Buffalo and my Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. My academic research examines the historical integrations of race and style theory in modern architectures of the nineteenth and twentieth century. My current book manuscript, “Building Character: the Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style” is under contract with the University of Pittsburgh Press. I am also co-editor along with Beth Tauke and Korydon Smith of Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences, which was published with Routledge in 2015.
I have taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Parsons the New School for Design, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Ohio State University. I currently teach in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo–the flagship of the SUNY System.
– Charles Davis, PhD