Member Bio: Chris McIntosh

DSC03946_HeadshotChris McIntosh is a San Francisco Bay Area native who came to NOMA as a student at Boston Architectural College (BAC). He served as Treasurer, then Vice President, and finally President of the BAC NOMAS chapter. A highlight of his tenure came in 2011, where the BAC NOMAS team led by McIntosh earned 3rd place at the NOMA Student Design Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Now a BAC graduate, he serves as Secretary of the Boston Chapter of NOMA. McIntosh currently works as an Energy Planner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he helps implement and manage energy and water conservation projects in existing Massachusetts-owned buildings statewide. McIntosh is also passionate about equitable and accessible urban design, and affordable access to resources. With his background in architecture and career interests in planning, he hopes to complete a Master of Urban Planning in the near future and become a certified planner.

Member Bio: Aisha S. Densmore-Bey

DSC03958_HeadshotAisha S. Densmore-Bey Assoc. AIA, LEED AP has written multiple articles, and has organized or been a panelist at various symposia discussing architecture and design, including Build Boston and the 2011 National American Institute of Architects Convention. In 2011 she also wrote, produced, and directed the architectural film short The Built Perception: Boston. Densmore-Bey is founder and past chair of the Museum and Exhibit Design Committee at the Boston Society of Architects. In addition she is a recipient of the 2012 American Institute of Architects Associates Award, and has been featured in Architect Magazine, ArchDaily, Design Bureau, Apartment Therapy, and the Lifework Blog of iconic furniture company, Herman Miller. In early 2014, Densmore-Bey created Future Prep 101: How to Prepare Teens for Design Careers™, a half-day seminar which exposes high school students and their parents to multiple design disciplines. The program encourages and assists in the development of the next generation of leaders and collaborative creative problem solvers. Future Prep 101™ is a recipient of the BSA Foundation grant. Aisha Densmore-Bey,Designer is a creative office that specializes in architecture, interiors, lighting design, graphic design, film, and art.

Social Injustice…Underrepresentation…Discovering Our Role

The Black in Design conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), seeks to simultaneously broaden the scope of what is included in the design discipline and to open a discussion about the historical, present and future contributions of African descendants to the field.

On October 9-10, 2015, the inaugural conference will align design students, architecture and urban planning faculty and an array of allied design practitioners with professional organizations from a broad range of discipline.  It is the pleasure of the Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) to assist in this effort, as the conference mission is congruent with NOMA’s strengths: promoting urban and other disenfranchised communities, highlighting excellence and achievements of Blacks and other minorities and wrestling with the dilemmas that face this nation.  Throughout the conference, thematic sessions regarding social, spatial and environmental justice highlight the imperatives placed on placemaking done responsibly.   

According to the conference organizers, the hope is that through an exploration of what it means to be Black and work in the field of Design in the past as well as today, to expand the definition of design beyond architecture, landscape architecture and planning. Among the numerous other industries that engage and make meaningful contributions to design we are most interested in exploring contributions from film, music, visual arts, publishing, fashion and technology, in addition to the disciplines already explored by the GSD.  

Please see more information about registration, sponsorship opportunities, and the conference schedule here: http://blackindesign.squarespace.com.
Vaughn Horn, member, co-author

Harvard GSD AASU Black in Design Conference

Join us for Harvard’s first

Black in Design Conference

October 9-10, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Gund Hall

Organized by the GSD – African American Student Union

Register before 9/15

Join us for a two day discussion of race, space and design in the Black community!

The Black in Design Conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) seeks to simultaneously recognize the contributions of African Descendants to the design field and to broaden our definition of what it means to be a designer. We believe that initial steps towards addressing social injustice within design are to include the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy, and to implicate designers as having a role in our broken built environment.

Dedicated to the pursuit of just and equitable spaces across all scales, this conference has been organized to broach conversations in increasing orders of magnitude: the building, the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the globe. We hope that this conference will serve to more deeply ingrain compassion for human beings into the ethos of design more broadly, as well as to instill a sense of responsibility within those who pass through the doors of the GSD.

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