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Race and Space Conversations, Part III
How do cultural landscapes shape our public memory, and how do design decisions affect that process of commemoration? When creating or conserving memorial landscapes, what aesthetic, historical, cultural, social, and political issues are artists, designers, activists, communities, and other stakeholders navigating?

In this Race & Space Conversation, moderator and journalist James Russell will speak with panelists Justin Garrett Moore, the inaugural program officer for the Humanities in Place program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Peggy King Jorde, cultural projects consultant; and Jha D Amazi, director of the Public Memory and Memorials Lab at MASS Design Group, to engage with these questions. Past and present case studies will illuminate the motivations, design ethos, and community engagement processes behind several significant memorial landscapes.

This thought-provoking, wide-ranging conversation moderated by Mr. Russell will be held virtually.

Learning objectives:
1. Identify physical conditions and historical contexts that can inform present-day planning and design solutions.
2. Learn ways that landscape architects can work with local communities to make visible and instill value in historic resources.
3. Understand the concept of ‘commemorative landscapes’ and the role that landscape architects can play in shaping public memory.
4. Determine tools to better define the integrity and significance of cultural landscapes that have been subjected to erasure.


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James Russell, FAIA (Moderator)
Independent Journalist and Consultant
James S. Russell, FAIA, is an independent journalist and consultant who focuses on architecture and urban growth and change. He writes for numerous publications including Bloomberg CityLab, and The New York Times. At Bloomberg News, he was the architecture critic for nine years. He was also a long-time editor at Architectural Record magazine, where he is currently a contributing editor. He has made memorials and commemorative landscapes a special focus of his work. He blogs at www.JamesSRussell.net. and Medium. His book, The Agile City: Building Well Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change, was published by Island Press. He also teaches at Stanford University’s satellite campus in New York. He is writing a book about how city culture incubates transformative and influential companies.
Justin Garrett Moore
Inaugural Program Officer @Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The inaugural program officer for Humanities in Place at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, his work focuses on advancing equity, inclusion, and social justice through place-based initiatives and programs, built environments, cultural heritage projects, and commemorative spaces and landscapes. Mr. Moore was executive director of the NYC Public Design Commission, where he spearheaded initiatives to address social equity and sustainability through improved built environment design and public processes. His work spanned housing and community development, place and open space design, historic preservation, public art and monuments, and civic engagement. He holds a M. Arch and M. Science in urban design from Columbia Univ., where he is an adjunct assoc. professor of architecture. Professional affiliations include AICP, NOMA, the Urban Design Forum, and BlackSpace. Moore received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and was named to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts by Pres. Biden.
Peggy King Jorde
Cultural Projects Consultant
King Jorde is a Cultural Projects Consultant with over 30 years of experience. Providing oversight of capital construction specific to New York's cultural landmarks, public art, and art museums, in project planning, development, management & design. King Jorde was pivotal in protecting an African Burial Ground that was rediscovered during the construction of a federal building. She developed and led the architectural design competitions for the African Burial Ground National Memorial and Interpretive Center. Today she lends focus to consulting for developers, working with the community and civic-based preservation efforts, and lecturing aimed at building awareness and building advocacy for cultural heritage in marginalized communities in the US and abroad. She consulted on the British Overseas Territory, St. Helena, believed to be the largest burial ground of enslaved Africans direct from the Middle Passage. She is a participant and producer in the documentary, "A Story of Bones".
Jha D Amazi
Director @Public Memory and Memorials Lab
Director of the Public Memory and Memorials Lab. An initiative that advances research, training, and built work around a central thesis: spatializing memory can heal us and inspire collective action for generations to come. Projects in the Lab’s portfolio include Sugar Land 95 Cemetery Revitalization, Harris County Remembrance and several initiatives with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. At MASS, Jha D has contributed to the Gun Violence Memorial Project, Franklin Park Action Plan, and the Louise B. Miller Memorial and Freedom Garden at Gallaudet Univ. Previously, she was a Designer at Sasaki Associates. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern Univ. and her Master of Architecture from the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College. Outside of architecture, Jha D is a spoken word artist, event producer, and SpaceMaker for the LGBTQ+ communities of color.