Design Lecture Series Spring 2021 - Jeffrey Mansfield

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 4:45pm

Please join us for another edition of our Design Lecture Series with Jeffrey Mansfield and his lecture "The Architecture of Deafness: Body, State, and Built Environment" on 3/29 at 4:45pm EST.

The architecture of our social institutions reflect evolving attitudes towards the communities we seek to shape for ourselves and each other. Architecture of Deafness explores how an oft-forgotten architectural typology, the deaf school, had an outsize impact on defining deafness, disability, and society through time. By examining interfaces between education and pathology, this talk will contemplate on how design can become a form of cultural resistance and disability justice.

This edition of the Design Lecture Series will be hosted on Zoom. Please RSVP below and the Zoom information will be emailed to you prior to the lecture. If the Zoom webinar reaches capacity, we will also be livestreaming this lecture on the School of Design's Facebook page:

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Jeffrey Yasuo Mansfield is a design director at MASS Design Group and a Ford-Mellon Disability Futures fellow, whose work explores the relationships between architecture, landscape, and power. Jeffrey is a recipient of a Graham Foundation grant and a John W. Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress for his work on Architecture of Deafness, which explores how Deaf schools and other Deaf Spaces emerged as sites of cultural resistance. At MASS, Jeff leads the firm's Deaf Space and Disability Justice work, which leverages architecture to advocate for equitable spaces. Deaf since birth, Jeffrey attended a deaf school in Massachusetts, where his earliest intuitions about the relationship between aesthetics, geography, and power emerged.

Poster design by Jaclyn Saik