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Bryan Lee & Kofi Boone 10.21.20: Designing Justice through Landscape Architecture

Bryan Lee is the Design Principal of Colloqate and a national Design Justice Advocate. Lee has a decade of experience in the field of architecture Lee is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National Day of Action. Bryan has led two award-winning architecture and design programs for high school students through the Arts Council of New Orleans and the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Professor Boone focuses on the changing nature of communities, and developing tools for enhanced community engagement and design. Through scholarship, teaching, and extension service, Professor Boone works in the landscape context of environmental justice, and his research includes the use of new media as a means of increasing community input in design and planning processes. Professor Boone is the recipient of several awards including the Opal Mann Green Engagement Scholarship Award, the Department of Landscape Architecture Professor of the Year, and the Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher.

Professor Boone developed the use of new media and digital tools to more effectively engage Environmental Justice communities. In addition to traditional workshop-based approaches, Professor Boone has extensive experience with a wide array of tools. For the Old Carver School Vision Plan, digital video shorts were developed to provide stakeholders with highly graphic introductions to the principles of defensible space and urban security. For Idlewild, Michigan, DVDs of narrated digital video summaries were distributed to community residents and a website was created to post videos and engage those unable to participate in design workshops. Additionally, an online survey was used to solicit feedback. For the South Park East Raleigh Neighborhood Preservation and History Program, a protocol for stakeholder self-authored digital videos was developed to allow residents to independently conduct asset-mapping using smartphones. The resultant digital videos were mapped, made available to the public using an online map, and used in support of designation of a cultural district.

Professor Boone serves as co-director of the College of Design’s Ghana Study Abroad Program and taught 6 courses in West Africa. Most recently, he led anInternational Service Learning partnership with Women In Progress/Global Mamasto develop concepts for new facilities and product lines. The partnership featured direct engagement with Batik artists, and field documentation of Ghanaian craft villages. The coursework was featured in several venues including on theHuffington Post.

Boone’s published articles appear in journals including Prism, Intensions and Journal of Tourism Analysis. His work is featured in the Journal of Planning Literature, and the recently published book, Becoming a Landscape Architect. Professor Boone is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), serving as the past state liaison to the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS). He served as a presenter at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), the Environmental Design and Research Association (EDRA) the American Society of Landscape Architecture National Meeting and Expo, and at numerous Colleges and Universities.

Prior to joining the faculty at NC State University, Kofi was a studio leader at JJR (formerly Johnson, Johnson, and Roy) working on a wide range of interdisciplinary urban design and planning projects. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan. Focus Area – Urban design, design of public spaces, environmental justice, visual communication.