Conversations in Color: Architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Hoted by Amistad Research Center


Location: The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

Note: Zena Howard will present a Tulane School of Architecture All School Lecture on Jan. 29, 2018

Perkins+Will architect Zena Howard - who specializes in cultural facilities - served as the Senior Project Manager for the National Museum of African American History and Culture located in Washington, D.C. Since successfully completing that project in September 2016, Ms. Howard is now working with the city of Vancouver, Canada on new project. Howard was hired to help revitalize Hogan's Alley, historically a four-block long dirt lane that formed the nucleus of Vancouver’s first concentrated African-Canadian community.

Ms. Howard is consulting with a city-supported working group to solidify a vision to resurrect Hogan’s Alley as a cultural hub. Her work will focus on the history and context of communities that have been displaced since Vancouver’s revitalization efforts of the 1930s. "The need for space is huge…it's sort of an expression of identity. It shows that people value a culture, or a people, or a generation. When you have that space you can actually use that to share information, feel welcome, commune, feel comfortable," Howard said.

At this November 8th event, architect Zena Howard will discuss her work bringing life to spaces where culture, people, and communities can grow and flourish.

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