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Michael Marshall to Speak at NMAAHC’s Architecture Symposium
27 September, 2018

Michael Marshall to Speak at NMAAHC’s Architecture Symposium

When it first opened on September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture captured citywide attention as the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history and culture. Now, celebrating its second anniversary, the museum seeks to build on that foundation by rethinking the way it engages with the community.

The NMAAHC will aim to devote more attention to programming and events in order to emphasize how African-Americans have influenced American life and culture. Kicking off its new initiative this weekend, the NMAAHC will host “Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now,” a three-day symposium dedicated to celebrating the achievements of black architects and to providing opportunities for students to engage with design professionals.

The symposium will bring together a number of black architects, scholars and practitioners to discuss the evolution of the industry and reflect on key events that shaped architecture over the past five decades. The event will feature notable speakers including the museum’s design architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE.

The museum has requested that MMD’s Michael Marshall participate as one of the speakers during the occasion. Tomorrow, Michael will join fellow architects to share his story as well as insights for students looking to pursue a career in architecture and design.

“It is important to increase the number of African American and other minorities to the profession of architecture and urban design to ensure the equity and diversity in our environments.” Michael said. “Due to that fact, I am always honored to tutor and mentor young people in their high school and college years to pursue architecture as a career.”

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