Course Description

This masterclass explores the role that design plays in addressing social issues of representation and equity in architecture. Three invited lecturers will lead students through a series of discussions and charrettes that tackle justice, representation and equity from different perspectives. Researchers and practitioners with experience in addressing these issues will present some of their work and lead discussions about how architecture can participate in social justice through design.

Dr. Olon Dotson, B.A. in Architectural Science (Tuskegee Institute), B.Arch and B.Sc in Environmental Design (Ball State), MSc in Real Estate Development (Columbia).

Professor Chris Cornelius, B.Sc Architectural Studies (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), M.Arch (Virginia).

Dr. Felecia Davis, B.S. Engineering (Tufts), M.Arch (Princeton), PhD (MIT)

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students in the masterclass, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the masterclass will count towards required professional continuing education credits.

Course Details

Upon completion of this masterclass successful students will be able to:

  • Give examples of concepts of social justice in design and historical precedents that engage this body of research.
  • Explain issues of social inclusion and participation and how they can be integrated into a series of material artifacts. Students will be exposed to precedents in digital fabrication and the use of sensors and actuators in architecture and prototypes.
  • Illustrate the principles and methods of designing with Indigenous communities through a charrette based process.


This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture, planning, or landscape architecture


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M, T, W, Th
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Mar 09, 2020 to Mar 12, 2020
1:00PM to 6:00PM
Mar 13, 2020
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Early Bird Fee non-credit $635.00
Flat Fee non-credit $795.00
Reading List / Textbook
No Textbook Required.
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L one week prior to the course start date. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Students are expected to attend all sessions.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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