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02.24.22 to 02.25.22

2022 WDA Conference: June Jordan

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June Jordan: Pleasures of Perspectives

A conference organized by Womxn in Design and Architecture (WDA)

Thursday, February 24, 2022, 6PM

Friday, February 25, 2022, 10AM - 4PM

Betts Auditorium / Live Stream



June Jordan’s visionary practice reimagines the role of the built environment in creating just futures. Deeply committed to human rights and political activism, she used language to design a model for pedagogy and activism centered on ecology, care, and justice. While Jordan’s literary contributions reflect her work as a poet, author, teacher, and activist, what does it mean to call June Jordan an architect?


Architecture is a form of storytelling. Using words as a medium, Jordan proposed designs ranging from the townhouse-scale interventions in her book, His Own Where, to the urban-scale, collaborative vision of “Skyrise for Harlem.” In 1970, she was awarded the Rome Fellowship Prize in Environmental Design. At all scales, Jordan’s work invites us to challenge and redefine prevailing socio-spatial constructs towards dignified spaces for all communities. 


The sixth Womxn in Design and Architecture (WDA) conference at the Princeton School of Architecture (SoA) honors the life and work of June Jordan, Jamaican-American activist and feminist. Her expansive practice and inventive pedagogy continues to illuminate the intersectional influences of race, gender, sexuality, and ecology on the built environment. Building on the recent scholarship of Jordan’s visual and literary imagination, the conference asks: how does the work of June Jordan pave the way for the future of architectural practice and pedagogy?


Viewing Information

The conference will be hosted in Betts Auditorium at Princeton School of Architecture. In-person attendance is limited to Princeton University ID holders and conference participants. A public live stream will be accessible via the WDA websi



Program Schedule




6pm EST

Welcome and Introduction

Dean Monica Ponce de Leon


WDA Introduction and Land Acknowledgement



“Poem for Nana”



Alexis Pauline Gumbs, poet, author, activist, and scholar 

Yolanda Wisher, poet, singer, educator, and curator

Sapphire, author and performance poet



Led by WDA Members Sophia Diodati, Jacqueline Mix, and Adrian Silva



“The Talking Back of Miss Valentine Jones: Poem # One”




10am EST


Dean Monica Ponce de Leon


WDA Introduction and Land Acknowledgement



“Poem for a Young Poet”


10:15am EST



Panel Introduction and Moderation

WDA Member Shoshana Torn and SoA Doctoral Student Ibiayi Briggs



Charles L. Davis II, Associate Professor of Architectural History and Criticism, University at Buffalo

Ife Salema Vanable, architect, historian, and theorist, i/van/able

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author and artist; Associate Professor of English, Georgetown University


11:30am EST



Panel Introduction and Moderation

WDA Members Patricia Hazle and Laura Fegely



Cheryl J. Fish, environmental justice scholar, poet, and fiction writer

Davy Knittle, HMEI/Princeton Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism & the Environment

Brandi T. Summers, Assistant Professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Rebecca Choi, architectural historian; Postdoctoral Fellow, ETHZürich;

Visiting Lecturer, gta Institute


12:40pm EST

Lunch Break

South Gallery


1:30pm EST


“Poem About My Rights”


1:35pm EST



Panel Introduction and Moderation

WDA Members Lisa Ramsburg and Rinna Jiang



Conor Tomás Reed and Talia Shalev, (Conor) Author; Faculty, Africana Studies and American Studies, Brooklyn College | (Talia) Poet and scholar; ACLS Fellow

V. Mitch McEwen, architect; co-founder of Atelier Office; Assistant Professor, Princeton University School of Architecture

Sophie Hochhäusl, Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania


2:40pm EST



Panel Introduction and Moderation

WDA Members Eunice Takahaye Slanwa and Priscilla Zhang



Nijah Cunningham, author; Assistant Professor of English at Hunter College, CUNY

Erica R. Edwards, author; Associate Professor of English and Presidential Term Chair in African American Literature, Rutgers University


3:40pm EST

Closing Discussion

WDA Members and 2022 Conference Participants


4:00pm EST


About WDA

Womxn in Design and Architecture (WDA) is a graduate student group formed in 2014 at Princeton University School of Architecture. The annual WDA Conference celebrates the work and legacy of a pivotal female architect or designer with contributions from international historians and scholars, in addition to artists, curators, and practitioners. Read more.


2022 WDA Conference Organizers include Sophia Diodati, Keren Dillard, Laura Fegely, Ellen Harris, Patty Hazle, Rinna Jiang, Jacqueline Mix, Lisa Ramsburg, Adrian Silva, Eunice Slanwa, Shoshana Torn, Priscilla Zhang. 

Additional 2021-2022 WDA Members include Jocelyn Beausire, Jarincy Rodriguez, Sofia Rojo, Marie de Testa.



The WDA Conference is made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lecture Fund.  WDA is a recognized student organization by The Graduate School of Princeton University. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CES criteria.




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