2018 Annual Conference Keynote

INTERSECTIONS: Black Culture + Design Culture

Jack Travis will discuss the difficulties of increasing Black + Latino student enrollment in Interior Design and Architecture Programs here in the US.

Travis posits that there is a problem of "atmospheres" prevailing in these programs that deter a sense of  "inclusiveness" necessary to significantly increase such enrollments and that the problem is not a matter of our professionalism, but of our hearts. Mr. Travis is an adjunct professor at four of the six interior design programs in the New York City area and has been involved in more than a dozen mentor-ship programs over more than thirty years. He will share his personal experiences and share some sobering insights in this, the fiftieth anniversary of  the Whitney M. Young, Jr. keynote address to the American Institute of Architects in Portland following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.