Lay of the Land
The third session of NYU DC's Chocolate City series "Lay of the Land" focused on Black space. Featured speaker Professor Melvin L. Mitchell discussed how Black history, culture, and identity are ingrained in the physical places and spaces that comprise the Nation’s Capital today.
Melvin L. Mitchell has been a practicing architect in Washington, DC, for forty-five years. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, a past president of the DC Board of Architecture, and former director, the Institute (now School) of Architecture & Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore (1997–2002). He was a professor at the University of the District of Columbia (1986–1994, 2003–2014); and James E. Silcott Professor of Architecture at Howard University (2016–2018). His architecture degrees are from Howard University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Professor Mitchell's two books, African American Architects: Embracing Culture and Building Urban Communities (2020) and The Crisis of the African-American Architect: Conflicting Cultures of Architecture and (Black) Power (2002) are available for purchase online on Amazon.