At Dark Matter University, an online architecture curriculum instigated by Tuskegee, practicioners and students from diverse backgrounds can learn together.
By Matt Hickman
The shift to remote higher learning during the coronavirus era has been messy, improvisatory, and for many students and professors, highly difficult. Yet with this swift pedagogical reshuffling have also come silver linings. The geographic constraints attached to traditional academic venues like lecture halls have been ripped away, and the opportunity to bring new voices—voices that might have been otherwise inaccessible due to pesky practicalities like physical location—into the now-virtual classroom has spurred creative new directions and made the once-limited seem limitless.
Case in point is the 100-level course (Intro to Careers in Architecture and Construction) offered to first-year undergraduate students at the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture & Construction Science at Tuskegee University in Alabama, one of a modest handful of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) offering an accredited architecture program and home to the oldest construction baccalaureate program in the United States. While the course is led by associate professor Roderick Fluker, his role has transitioned into more of faculty host as a rotating group of BIPOC design educators take command throughout the semester from far-off locales such as Minneapolis, Cleveland, and New York City.
“They [Tuskegee’s architecture department] happened to have the opportunity to really innovate and experiment,” explained Justin Garrett Moore, an urban designer and executive director of New York City’s Public Design Commission who is one of the five educators presenting content as part of the school’s reimagined intro course. “This happened very fast, and they found the resources to do it in a way that frankly much better situated and privileged institutions have not necessarily made happen.”
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