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Open House Lecture: Jay Cephas

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Bodies of Knowledge

A lecture from Jay Cephas

Monday, November 1, 6:00pm


Hybrid Viewing Options:

+ In-Person* (SoA Community): Betts Auditorium; limited seating

+ Virtual (SoA Community): Zoom link will be sent internally

+ Virtual (Public): Stream via Media Central Live**

*Masks required indoors regardless of vaccination status.

**Please note: Google Chrome & Firefox are the recommended browsers for this streaming service.


Jay Cephas is an historian of architecture, landscapes, and cities conducting research that explores the relationships between labor, technology, and identity in the built environment. Jay analyzes both ordinary and critical spatial practices to recover the latent and as of yet invisible knowledges that are transmitted through the bodies and buildings of urban environments. In his forthcoming book, Jay deploys these frameworks to examine the agonism structuring Fordism and urbanization in early twentieth-century Detroit. Jay’s latest research project turns to New York City to address the knowledge transfer occurring between visionary architects and labor activists in their joint efforts to create cooperative housing.


Jay’s recent publications include “Picturing Modernity: Race, Labor, and Landscape in the American South,” which traces the ways in which Black labor served to reinforce racialized landscape production in Georgia; and “Agricultural Urbanism in Detroit,” which examines the changing meaning of urbanism in the post-industrial city. In 2020, Jay was awarded a Graham Foundation grant to support the Black Architects Archive, a repository of under-represented architects from across 200 years of history, and in 2019 Jay served as a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jay is also the founding director of Studio Plat, a geospatial research and development practice that examines the past, present, and future of cities. 


Jay has previously taught at Harvard University, University of Michigan, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Northeastern University, and University of Detroit Mercy. He received his M.Arch. from University of Detroit Mercy and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.



Lecture made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning 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 archived on the SoA Vimeo channel after the event.