Mabel O. Wilson to deliver Taubman lecture


Columbia University professor Mabel O. Wilson will deliver the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial lecture.

Mabel Wilson

Titled “Notes on a Virginia Statehouse: Architecture and Race in Jefferson’s America,” the free lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in the auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.

A professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Wilson co-directs the Global Africa Lab and is an associate director and fellow at Columbia’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies. She is a founding member of Who Builds Your Architecture? — a coalition that aims to examine the links between labor, architecture and “the global networks that form around building buildings.”

Wilson also is a member of the design team for the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. She is the author of “Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums,” and “Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture.”

Sharon Haar, professor of architecture and chair of the architecture program, said Wilson’s scholarship addresses a wide range of contemporary concerns within architecture and urban planning. She added her work fits in with the college and university’s interest in “building a more equitable, inclusive environment both within our campus and in our practices moving forward.”

“Wilson’s scholarship resides at the intersection of space, race and culture, with a particular focus on how architecture is implicated in exclusionary practices both on the ground and in mediated environments,” Haar said.


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