SCI-Arc Black Lives Matter Week Events: Day 5

Friday, February 5, 11am – 1pm PST

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Los Angeles, CA (January 26, 2021) –SCI-Arc is pleased to announce its participation in Black Lives Matter Week of Action from February 1 – 5, 2021. Black Lives Matter Week of Action is a national, student-run event, held during the first week of February, dedicated to unapologetic conversations and presentations on Black culture, expression, and justice. SCI-Arc’s prestige is based on revolutionary conversations demonstrating a direct influence on the educational spectrum and the overall discourse of design.

As a private institution with global recognition, SCI-Arc’s student body represents over 50 countries—but with less than 3% being Black, there’s a deficiency of Black culture imbued in the development of architectural theory, practice, and design. Organized by SCI-Arc students Allyn Viault (B.Arch ’21) and Babatunde-Majadi Adejare (B.Arch ’23), SCI-Arc’s Black Lives Matter Week of Action embraces a unique opportunity to unite creative disciplines within cultural and societal issues, embodying the students’ mission to create a collective platform of speakers with diverse disciplinary interests ranging from art to activism. Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition of educators, parents, administrators, and scholars organizing for racial justice in education. The movement dedicated a week in February to the annual Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action to coincide with and augment Black History Month.

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action is an act of unity to challenge the insidious legacy of institutionalized racism and oppression that has plagued the United States since its founding. The guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter movement are celebrated and discussed throughout the week: Restorative Justice, Empathy, Loving Engagement, Diversity, Globalism, Trans Affirming, Queer Affirming, Collective Value, Intergenerational, Black Families, Black Villages, Black Women, and Unapologetically Black. The Black Lives Matter Week of Action is supported and celebrated by thousands of schools, both K-12 and colleges/universities across the United States. The distinguished roster of speakers includes Charles L. Davis II, Pascale Sablan, Elegance Bratton, Ravyn Wngz, Kordae Jatafa Henry, Jeremy Kamal, Marlon West, Ben Caldwell, DeRay Mckesson, Pascale Sablan, Kahlila Williams, David “Mr. StarCity” White, Bryan Lee Jr., Ashten “Whoopi” Winger, Mira Henry, and Aminatou Fall.

Friday, February 5, 11am – 1pm PST


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Hourly Schedule

Monday, Feb 01

10:00am - 1:00pm
Restorative Justice, Loving Engagement, and Black Women

Tuesday, Feb 02

10:00am - 1:00pm
Diversity, Globalism, and Collective Value

Wednesday, Feb 03

10:00am - 1:00pm
Trans Affirming, Queer Affirming, and Empathy

Thursday, Feb 04

10:00am - 1:00pm
Intergenerational, Black Families, and Black Villages

Friday, Feb 05

10:00am - 1:00pm
Unapologetically Black


Feb 05 2021


11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 05 2021
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm





Located in downtown Los Angeles, SCI-Arc is a world-renowned center of innovation and one of the nation’s few independent architecture schools, offering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs. We are dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future. The school is located in a quarter-mile-long former freight depot in the Arts District of Los Angeles. It is distinguished by the vibrant atmosphere of its studios, which provide students with a uniquely inspiring environment in which to study architecture and design. An integral part of the emerging cultural hub of a city with a tradition of architectural experimentation, SCI-Arc is devoted to finding radically new responses to the real needs and aspirations of today’s world. We offer students a unique experience as they pursue their degrees. Our approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members—most of the latter practicing architects—work together in a fluid, nonhierarchical manner to rethink assumptions, create, explore, and test the limits of architecture.


  • Aminatou Fall
    Aminatou Fall

    Natou Fall is an art director, makeup artist, educator, and architectural designer based in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design at George Washington University in 2016 and earned her Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc in 2019. Fall has also held teaching assistantships in SCI-Arc’s Pop-Arc and Design Immersion Days programs.

    Her SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis project, Shaping Face—which earned her the Gehry Prize awarded for most outstanding graduate thesis project—aimed to re-establish cosmetics in architecture as including thickness, feature enhancement, exaggeration, ornamentation, and other transformational effects that empower individual expression of identity. Her research challenges how cosmetics have been linked to the notions of eroticism, allure, and theatrical performance in architectural discourse over the last two decades.

  • Kordae Jatafa Henry
    Kordae Jatafa Henry

    As a filmmaker, visual artist Kordae Jatafa Henry’s work is a form of storytelling that is a revival of 21st-century counter-cultures and human experiences.

    Kordae is interested in expanding our understanding of futures by taking fragments of these worlds and examining the variety of human interactions. Through a collaborative process, his projects are able to amalgamate those fragments into new narratives and myths.

  • Mira Henry
    Mira Henry

    Mira Henry is a designer and educator. She is the co-principal of the collaborative architectural design practice Current Interests and is design faculty at SCI-Arc. Henry’s built work is grounded in notions of material specificity, color relationships, assembly details, and an engagement in critical cultural thinking. Her formal research and writing focus on architecture, race, and materiality.

    She is the recipient of the 2019 Architectural League Prize, Henry Adams AIA Award, and Archiprix International Gold Medal. She has participated in numerous symposia, lectures, exhibitions, and reviews at institutions nationwide, including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton Universities. Mira holds a Bachelor in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Master of Architecture from UCLA.