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Black perspectives in the built environment

In Black History Month 2022, we explore Black perspectives in the built environment field spanning the past, present and future.

Black History Month 2022 marks a critical moment to explore Black perspectives in the built environment, and the diverse contributions these make to the field. Explore interviews and profiles with people who have shaped – and are shaping – the past, present and future of cities, buildings and human spaces.

We are also running a series of events. See below for more details.

Omoleye Ojuri

Impacting young people’s lives: Omoleye Ojuri

Omoleye Ojuri, honorary lecturer at The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction discusses her vocation to positively impact young people’s lives.
Samuel Cullers

Fighting racism through urban planning: Samuel J Cullers

Samuel J Cullers was instrumental in ending housing discrimination against Black families in the United States.
Beverly Lorraine Greene

A unique legacy in architecture and planning: Beverly Lorraine Greene

Beverly Lorraine Green was the first African American woman to become a licensed architect in the United States.
Paul Revere Williams

Shaping 20th century America: Paul Revere Williams

Despite difficulties and barriers that spanned his life, Paul Revere Williams was one of the leading architects of his time in 20th century America.
Abdul Mahamadu

Using new technologies to improve construction: Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction’s Dr Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu works to improve safety, emissions and productivity in construction through digital technologies and industrialised techniques.
Black Urbanisms artwork

Black Urbanisms podcast series

A four-part podcast series from UCL Urban Laboratory exploring what the term ‘Black Urbanisms’ can offer us as we think about cities and urban experience.


Inclusive Spaces

Inclusive Spaces: Everyday Curriculums / Everyday Pedagogies

A special interactive online event on 19 October, exploring how simple, everyday changes can create a big impact in built environment education. Part of the Inclusive Spaces events series.

Plain showing drought cracks in the ground

The impact of the climate crisis on Somali heritage and culture

In this 25 October panel hosted by The Bartlett Development Planning Unit will take a holistic look at how climate change is impacting Somali communities throughout the Horn of Africa, drawing from academic, policy and artistic perspectives. 

David Olusoga

An afternoon of Bartlett Black History Month events

Join staff and students from across the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment in celebrating Black History Month on 26 October. Events include screenings and workshops, followed by a lecture from British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and filmmaker Prof David Olusoga.

Black History Month

Global Majority – A Celebration of Decoloniality and Recentring Humanity

A 27 October lecture by international expert in equity and inclusion in education Dr Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE, in-conversation with Tanzanian artist Valerie Asiimwe Amani.