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About Center for Architecture Lab

Center for Architecture Lab is a multi-month, multi-disciplinary residency program that offers new voices in architecture and design full authorship over dedicated areas of the Center for Architecture's digital platforms, including social media, web site, and email with compelling and provocative content that will elevate underrepresented perspectives.

Created in response to the destabilizing forces of the global COVID-19 pandemic and reinvigorated racial justice movement in the United States, the Center for Architecture Lab will offer programming that invites a greater diversity of professionals to participate in the fields of architecture and design, and encourages our community to consider outside perspectives, critical questions, and innovative solutions to systemic problems in architecture and other design professions.

Graphic Design: Manuel Miranda Practice

2021 Program Overview

Selection Process

Selected by the Center for Architecture Lab Advisory Committee, the two inaugural residents are invited to participate in the digital spring/summer 2021 Center for Architecture Lab. The digital program will provide recipients with the opportunity to intimately connect with leaders in the field of architecture, access to the Center for Architecture’s robust digital programming platforms and broad audience, and shape the nature of the Center for Architecture Lab program going forward. Residents will have access to the organization’s tools and pathways to engage students, peers, community groups, and professional practices. Each resident will receive a stipend and the support of the Center for Architecture staff, who will work with recipients to facilitate digital programs and takeovers. 


Residency I – Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning, and Design (ISAPD)
May 10 - July 23, 2021

Led by Anjelica S. Gallegos (Santa Ana Pueblo/Jicarilla Apache), MArch I Candidate 2021, and Summer Sutton (Lumbee), Architecture PhD Candidate 2022, the Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning, and Design (ISAPD) will be the inaugural Center for Architecture Lab residents. Established in 2018 by Gallegos, Sutton, and Charelle Brown (Kewa Pueblo), BA in Architecture Studies 2020, the ISAPD is a collective student group focused on increasing the knowledge, consciousness, and appreciation of indigenous architecture, planning, and design at the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale community at large. Sutton and Gallegos intend to utilize the Center for Architecture Lab platform to expand the scope and influence of ISAPD to reach Indigenous students and practitioners of architecture and design nationwide.

Explore the Digital Exhibition for the Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning, and Design (ISAPD) >

Residency II - Community Design Collaborative
September 13 - October 31, 2021

The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to non-profit organizations in Greater Philadelphia, creates engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities. For the Community Design Collaborative, joining the Center for Architecture Lab is an opportunity to elevate the history, present state, and future vision of the utilization of design to strengthen our neighborhoods.

We see the built environment as a powerful agent for activism and elevating the voices of communities. We have designed an interactive residency to highlight the work we have been supporting in Philadelphia. Throughout the course of the residency, we will share intimate stories from our non-profit partners, community change agents who are on the ground every day. We will also bring you our most talented and passionate volunteers, dedicated and proud to transform the world around them. The Collaborative is also planning live events with brilliant candid conversations between the best and brightest practitioners.

Explore the Digital Exhibition for the Community Design Collaborative >

Advisory Committee

Barry Bergdoll, Hon. AIANY, President, Center for Architecture; Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University 

Mark Gardner, AIA, NOMA, Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects; Assistant Professor of Architectural Practice and Society, Parsons The New School for Design

Christine Gaspar, Executive Director, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Ken Lum, Co-Founder and Chief Curatorial Advisor, Monument Lab

Shawhin Roudbari, Dissent x Design, Assistant Professor, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder 

Jennifer Sage, FAIA, Partner, Sage and Coombe

Center for Architecture Lab is Supported by

Founding Sponsor


Arup; Sciame; Silman


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