African American Design Nexus

Harvard GSD launches a digital repository highlighting the work of African American architects and designers.
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The Design Nexus is a new virtual collection, created by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, that highlights African American architects and designers from various generations, practices, and backgrounds. It seeks to promote the presence of African Americans in the design industry, showcase their craft, and the areas they work.

African American Design Nexus

According to their website, they note:

"The Design Nexus emerged from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s inaugural Black in Design Conference where Dana McKinney, the President of the GSD’s African American Student Union and other students discussed ways of connecting and representing black designers. Dana created a list of over 2,000 African and African American designers that is a growing volume of work the Design Nexus is using to populate its content. When Phil Freelon and Mohsen Mostafavi discussed the potential for housing this project at the GSD, the idea of the African American Design Nexus was born.

The African American Design Nexus was developed by the Frances Loeb Library in collaboration with the GSD’s African American Student Union. As an initiative housed in the library this project is about showcasing black designers as well as providing a resource to be accessed and used by everyone. This underscores the mission of creating a 'nexus' of individuals and institutions that are pursuing a pattern break in design education and practice."

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