“I Was Asked to Stand”

Headshot of Pascale Sablan

Architect-activist Pascale Sablan champions women and diverse design professionals by documenting, curating, and elevating their work. The objective: to create a just profession, bring social awareness to the built environment, and empower communities through design.

“I Was Asked to Stand” is a unique discussion that empowers the audience to engage in the dismantling of injustice by highlighting the disparity of lack of representation, documentation, and acknowledgment of the great works of diverse (Women and BIPOC) designers and architects. The event will take place Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library.

Speaking to the past: the historical infrastructure of oppression, the present: the programs and initiatives that fight for justice, and the future: aspirations for collaborations to achieve a world and built environment eradicated of racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression.

Sablan is an Associate at Adjaye Associates Architects in New York, the Founder & Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, and President-Elect of the National Organization of Minority Architects. She is the recipient of the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young Jr Award and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, the youngest African American to receive this honor in that organization’s 164-year legacy.

Register for the discussion.

This lecture will also be live-streamed.