Read. Listen. Watch. Discuss.

Read, Listen, Watch | Discuss is our monthly list of recommendations for a book/article (Read), a podcast/lecture (Listen), and a movie/video (Watch). We encourage you to take these resources and connect with your peers--students, faculty, staff, and alumni--and host discussions around what you're learning and action that you and/or the School is taking (or should take). We encourage you to use Microsoft Teams to chat and set up video calls to further the conversation (Discuss).  Recommendations are made by members of our community—faculty, students, and staff at Georgia Tech, industry leaders, and academic leaders in architecture. The goal is to give us a common language and unified focus that puts us all on the same page at the same time.

A headshot of Daniela Márquez.

September 2021 | Daniela Márquez

Daniela "Dani" Márquez (M.Arch '20) is a Designer at Gensler in Atlanta, GA. As a member of the Work studio, she incorporates her skills in interior design, architecture, and research to shape the future of the workplace. She has a passion for creation at the human scale, interdisciplinary and participatory ideation processes, and equitable design outcomes.

  • Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis
  • Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability by Eyal Weizman
  • Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention by Tings Chak
  • Deem Journal Stories
Chelsea Davis

June 2021 | Chelsea Davis

Chelsea Davis (M.Arch '19) is a Designer for Perkins+Will in Raleigh-Durham, NC where she is heavily involved in civil and cultural projects. Recently Chelsea joined the Georgia Tech chapter of NOMAS as a panelist in the School of Architecture's Black Alumni Panel. 

All About Love by bell hooks

  • This book does not necessarily speak on issues of equity, diversity, inclusion or justice in the traditional sense, but rather touches on something I mentioned during the talk by breaking down the topic of love and what it really means to love—a very important ingredient when it comes to all of the aforementioned topics.

SAULT "But this music is about more than just sound, it offers compelling comment on the world we live in. Untitled (Black Is), which arrived in June, is a vital companion piece to the Black Lives." from Music Weekly article titled Making Waves: Sault

  • I find that their music provides a very interesting way to freely express and feel some of what is being felt by so many in times that have been increasingly frustrating and trying. I also appreciate the infusion of impending liberation and joy that are mixed in with the very truths they so soulfully bring forth. 
  • Some of my favorite listens: Wildfires (from Untitled (Black Is), Son Shine (from Untitled (Rise), and We Are the Sun (from album titled 5)


The American Latino Experience: 20 Essential Films Since 2000 -

  • I do not have a specific movie or documentary to share at the moment, so I figure I would share a list of films recently circulated in my office highlighting noteworthy Hispanic/Latino stories in film compiled by The New York Times as a way for readers to engage in the different realities relating to these communities.
Amber Wiley

May 2021 | Amber Wiley

Amber Wiley is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Rutgers University. Her research interests center on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities - architecture as a literal and figural structure of power. She focuses on the ways local and national bodies have made the claim for the dominating narrative and collective memory of cities and examines how preservation and public history contribute to the creation and maintenance of the identity and sense of place of a city.  Her current book project is entitled Concrete Solutions: Architecture, Activism and Black Power in the Nation’s Capital. 


  • Do the Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee
  • Daughters of the Dust (1991) Julie Dash
  • Medicine for Melancholy (2009) Barry Jenkins
  • Residue (2020)  Merawi Gerima (Netflix)

Black Reconstruction Collective Resources

On Wednesday, April 7, we welcomed the Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC) to host a panel discussion moderated by a group of students centered around the topic "Black Resilience." We were also given a virtual tour of the exhibition, on display at MoMA now through May 31. Throughout the conversation, panelists shared resources that help continue this important conversation.

Christopher Burke's headshot

April 2021 | Christopher Burke

Christopher Burke, Executive Director of Community Relations at Georgia Tech, is an educator, strategist, and public relations professional with more than twenty-years of experience in education, urban planning, and community development.  Chris began his professional career working as a housing coordinator for The Atlanta Project, a non-profit created by former President Jimmy Carter focused on improving living conditions in Atlanta’s most impoverished neighborhoods.  It was this experienced that spurred Chris’s interest in understanding the impact housing policies have on equity and quality of life. 

McKinsey & Company – The Color of Wealth  

Westbrook, T’Pring, and Akilah Watkins-Butler.  The Case for Economic Inclusion: Examining Community Wealth Building Strategies in South Atlanta and Clayton County. The Kendeda Fund.

Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. New York: Random House, 2020.

Experts on Expert with Dax Shepard – Episode 107, Interview with Michael Eric Dyson -

The Paycheck Podcast (season 3) -  Bloomberg Equality.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Racism and the Economy

Danielle Willkens' headshot

March 2021 | Danielle Willkens

Danielle is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture, and the co-chair of the School's Equity, Justice, and Inclusion task force alongside Herman Howard. Since 2016, Danielle has participated in the research and documentation project for the spatial reconstruction of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She is currently the co-PI, with Auburn Assoc. Prof Junshan Liu, conducting a Historic Structures Report on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, funded by the NPS African American Civil Rights Grant Program. 

GT NOMAS group photo at the 2019 NOMA Conference.

February 2021 | GT NOMAS

The Georgia Tech chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (GT-NOMAS) thrives to build a strong chapter of involved architecture students whose interests include the promotion of diversity--both in the academic and professional environments--and passions for design excellence, community engagement, and professional development. Follow @gt_nomas on Instagram!

Vernelle Noel

January 2021 | Vernelle A. A. Noel

Vernelle Noel is Assistant Professor of Architecture + Computational Design at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning. Vernelle also served as the Ventulett NEXT Fellow at Georgia Tech from 2018 - 2020. 

Herman Howard

December 2020 | Herman Howard

Herman Howard is a lecturer in the School of Architecture. Herman’s studios often deal with architectural problems set within urban fabrics, mainly within the Atlanta area. Herman is also the founding partner and the director of planning and urban design at SHAPE.

Justin Garrett Moore

October-November 2020 | Justin Garrett Moore

Justin Garrett Moore is a transdisciplinary designer and urbanist and serves as the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. This week, Justin presented the inaugural lecture for the School's new TSW Lecture on Urban Design. 

Kaye Husbands Fealing

September 2020 | Kaye Husbands Fealing

Kaye Husbands Fealing is Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She specializes in science and innovation policy, the public value of research expenditures related to food safety, and the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields and workforce.

Gwen Ifill is an American journalist, television newscaster, and author. Kaye wrote, “In addition to the clear lessons still to be learned from this dialogue, Gwen holds a special place in my heart. She was one of my first cousins (her mom and my dad were sister and brother). Gone too soon, but her powerful journalistic accomplishments remain.”

  • Ferguson. This was a pivotal moment in U.S. history, chronicled by Gwen Ifill and the hundreds of participants in the PBS Newshour event on September 24, 2014.
  • One of Gwen’s dear friends was Michele Norris. Michele initiated The Race Card Project in 2010. Here is the link to some of those stories that continue to be chronicled by Michele and her team,  
Isra Hassan

August 2020 | Isra Hassan

You may know Isra Hassan from the Digital Building Lab, but we are excited to welcome Isra to our staff here in the Georgia Tech School of Architecture! Isra is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at Georgia State University.

Nitra Wisdom

July 2020 | Nitra Wisdom

Nitra Wisdom is an academic advisor for the Georgia Tech School of Architecture and the staff advisor for the Georgia Tech chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. 

Mario Gooden

June 2020 | Mario Gooden

We are pleased to announce that Mario Gooden will join us as the 2021 Portman Prize Studio Critic. Mario is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Global Africa Lab at Columbia GSAPP and Principal at Huff + Gooden Architects

"Changing the Subject: Race and Public Space", Mabel Wilson, the Nancy and George Rupp Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, a Professor in African American and African Diasporic Studies, and the Associate Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University in conversation with Julian Rose, Architecture Editor of Artforum International, Summer 2017 

I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck, 2016) — available at Amazon Prime, YouTube, GooglePlay, iTunes

Scott Marble

June 2020 | Scott Marble

Scott Marble, FAIA, is Professor and William H. Harrison Chair of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology and a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York.

Message from the Chair, June 8, 2020: The racist violence and injustices against Black people must stop. As we all continue to process and protest the latest horror in a long history of institutionalized violence against BIPOC, we must also consider ways to make lasting organizational changes in our communities. The SoA leadership, in collaboration with NOMAS GT, AIAS GT, EQiA GT, and ECO GT, is in the initial stages of developing an action plan for the School, and we would like for you to be a part of developing that plan.

Read. Listen. Watch. Discuss. is just one step the School of Architecture is taking to connect and continue to build a more unified community and to learn more about the importance of empathy and mutual respect. Read our Commitment to Antiracism.

How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi, Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Nation's Divide, Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor & Chair of African American Studies, Emory University

Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton


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