BUILT EXCLUSION: THE EFFECT OF SYSTEMATIC RACIAL PRACTICES ON ARCHITECTURE
September 21, 2020
Kacie Lucchini Butcher
Kacie Lucchini Butcher is a public historian whose work is dedicated to building empathy, advancing
social justice, and helping communities reclaim their historical narratives. She is currently the Director of the UW-Madison Public History Project, a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to the histories of discrimination, exclusion, and resistance on campus. Prior to coming to UW, Kacie was the co-curator of the award-winning exhibit Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis which documented the history of racial housing discrimination and its effects on the city today.
Teonna Cooksey studied Architecture, Urban Planning, and Africology at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee--she is now studying Architecture and Urban Planning at Columbia University. Her work bridges the gap between city planning, design, and grassroots organizing. She focuses on environmental justice using an equity lens, and questions how we can design better, more equitable environments that generate wealth within Black and Brown communities.
Adrianna Mena is currently a Brand Consultant for Step Up: Equity Matters, an organization focused on creating innovative and engaging learning experiences that produce inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplaces. She is a recent transplant to Madison, WI, after 10+ years in New York City, living and working in design and marketing. She is also the creator of the anti-racism learning resource "Your Black Friends Are Busy."
Melinda Pogwizd is an advocate for women in architecture and equitable practice. She is an Architect with Kahler Slater’s Healthcare Studio in the Madison office. She currently serves as an NCARB Licensing Advisor, and has served on AIA WI Board of Directors (Associate Representative) and the AIA WI Strategic Counsel. Melinda founded Women in Design Madison in early 2020 with the help of a passionate network of Madison-based females who share a desire to empower and support their peers.
Therese Hanson has served as a Women In Design Executive Committee member since 2015. As a champion for social justice, she believes that the design professions can and should provide leadership towards a more just and equitable world. Therese is an Architect with The Kubala Washatko Architects in Cedarburg, WI where she enjoys learning and incorporating values of wholeness into her work.