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Kassler Lecture: Darell Wayne Fields

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The Kassler Lecture
On Solitude

A virtual lecture from Darell Wayne Fields

Monday, September 21st, 6:00pm

View the recording on Vimeo


See exhibition: "On Solitude" by Darell Wayne Fields at Princeton School of Architecture


Darell Fields is an accomplished teacher, designer and scholar. He has taught design, urbanism and theory at several universities, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, California College of the Arts (San Francisco), and the University of California Berkeley. His design/artistic work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pittsburgh), CentralTrak (Dallas), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where the San Francisco Chronicle’s art critic, Charles Desmarias, described his work as “... the most visually and conceptually demanding contribution ... .” He has lectured at symposia sponsored by the California College of the Arts/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (co-sponsored), Yale University, and the Carpenter Center of Visual Arts at Harvard University.

Fields is also an accomplished author and inventor. His book, Architecture in Black, is described by the philosopher, Cornel West, as “... the first theoretical treatment of race in architectural discourse.” He has extensive editorial experience in academic publications. He has edited traditional monographs on architects (e.g. Carlos Jimenez and Tadao Ando), served as editor of Harvard GSD’s Studio Works catalogue, and is a founding editor of Appendx: Culture, Theory, Praxis, an avant-garde publication featuring architectural theory, Afro-American Studies, feminism, and literary theory.

As an inventor Fields launched an innovative research and development company (Superbia) using cutting edge digital production and rapid prototyping techniques to design, manufacture, and test sustainable building technologies. Products originating from the process (e.g. Frameless Window Module, US App. 10/255,058) were patented, licensed, and marketed by the business entity.

Fields’s professional work includes the 18,000 sf. conceptualization and design of the W.E.B. Du Bois institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Most recently, the Black Cultural Center at the University of Oregon (w/ ABC, Portland) explores Field’s Black aesthetic principles in built form. The 3,500 sf. project opened in fall 2019.



Lecture made possible by the Kenneth Kassler Memorial Lecture Fund. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education (AIA/CE) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CE criteria. Members of the AIA can log credits for this event by completing this form.


The lecture recording will be available on the SoA Vimeo channel following the event.


*SoA students and faculty will receive a Zoom registration link via email.