SAH Latrobe Symposium on Race, Ethnicity and Architecture in the Nation’s Capital

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February 2, 2021 to February 26, 2021
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Black History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies

SAH Latrobe Symposium on Race, Ethnicity and Architecture in the Nation’s Capital


February 2-26, 2021 via Zoom

Organized by the Latrobe Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians

Governments and private developers have employed built environments to control and regulate racialized bodies. Through the systemic planning of residential and commercial districts, public spaces, and transit, they ensured the growth of isolated enclaves whose economic health varied based on inhabitants’ race and ethnicity. Historically-specific understandings of race and ethnicity have likewise shaped the design and construction of the capital’s architecture, for example influencing the development of various building typologies, ranging from embassies and museums to shopping centers. The 13th Latrobe Chapter Biennial Symposium therefore calls for a timely investigation of the symbiotic relationship between race, ethnicity, and architecture in the greater Washington, DC region.


The symposium was originally scheduled to take in person at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America, but will now take place virtually via Zoom. The complete program and registration information is available on the Chapter’s website:

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