Design as Social Construct: Lessons from the Underserved South

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Date(s) - 04/09/2019
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm



A presentation by Roy Decker.

Conversation and drinks to follow.


Duvall Decker, selected by Metropolis Magazine as a 2019 “Game Changers” and one of the Architectural League of New York 2017’s Emerging Voices, is rethinking the role of architecture:

How can we use design as a social construct?

The Jackson, Mississippi–based practice has a knack for finding design solutions for the complex politics of the underserved urban South.

Roy Decker expands the role of an architect in search of public good. Roy’s dedication to design excellence, education, and craft infuses his work with meaning. His architecture speculates hopefully on our culture’s growth. For the past three decades, Roy has completed public projects of varying scale and type and has achieved significant design recognition in a state that struggles for sufficient funds and the collective skills to build well. Roy is a design and critical thought leader whether he is participating in an inner-city neighborhood meeting, serving on student reviews across the country, sharing his perspective in lectures and publications, or inspiring an individual in conversation. In all of these encounters, he exhibits an unwavering commitment to considering the consequences of our design work in the lives of others.