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Notes on Race, Space, Architecture & Music

Selected Scholarship

"Twisted: African Americans and Signature Commissions." AIArchitect, (October 5, 2007).

"Tilting Towards Detroit". Portico 2005/2. (Fall 2005).

“Globalization and Architectural Education.” Co-Editor of Journal of Architectural Education special issue. (Fall 2005).

"History of Southern University School of Architecture." African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary 1865 – 1945. Dreck Wilson & Wesley Henderson, Ph.D., eds. (NYC: Routledge, 2004)

"Brothers/Others: Gonna Paint the White House Black." Anthology of Male Bodies. Harington, et. al, eds. (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2002).

"(W)Rapped Space: The Architecture of Hip Hop." Journal of Architectural Education. (Fall 2000).

"The Space between Sight and Touch." Dichotomy: Journal of the University of Detroit School of Architecture. v.13. (Spring 2000).

"Racial profiling denies basic right to move about freely." Minneapolis Star Tribune. Saturday, July 17, 1999.

"A Style That Nobody Can Deal With: Notes from the Hip Hop Doo Bop Inn." International Review of African-American Art. Hampton Museum. (Spring 1995).



"The Ideology of Architectural Education? There Isn’t One." Proceedings from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Southeast Regional Conference. Tulane University. (November 1996).

"Interdisciplinary relationships and the relevance of architectural knowledge and practice." Proceedings from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Conference Washington, DC. (March 1995).



Craig L.. Wilkins, PhD, RA

Dr. Craig L. Wilkins is a registered architect; he received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, his masters at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and his bachelors from the University of Detroit School of Architecture.

He's worked as a designer, project architect and urban consultant in Washington, DC, New York, Houston and Minneapolis as well as served as a research fellow at the University of Minnesota, University of Illinois Chicago and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. He currently serves as the director of the Detroit Community Design Center at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he also teaching in both the architecture and urban planning departments.

Dr. Wilkins has written and lectured widely on a variety of topics, from hip hop architecture at the University of Michigan to the prospects of globalization on African spaces at the University of Witswatersrand. In addition, he has taught at several institutions including the University of Minnesota and the Southern University School of Architecture as well as served as a guest critic at City College in New York, Washington University in St. Louis, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, the University of Porto in Portugal and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. 

Dr. Wilkins, whose work and research is primarily in the areas of community design, space, race and music, is presently researching his second manuscript, which will focus on the philosophy and practice of community design centers.


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Recent Speaking Engagements


Invited presenter and panelist at Design Centers as Operative Change. Wednesday, 13 January 2010. 9:00am University of Detroit Mercy, host.

Lecture: "Dancin' About Architecture: part 3" lecturesHAA series. Tuesday, 15 December 2009. 6:00pm Johanson Charles Gallery, host. 1345 Division, Eastern Market, Detroit,

Notes on Race & Space. Part of the Catholic University "Race, Identity and Architecture" lecture series. Monday, 16 November 2009. 5:30pm The Catholic University of America, host. (This is an video file)

Moderator. Community Design panel @ ACSA Adminstrator's Conference Saturday, 7 November 2009. 9:00am Washington University in St. Louis, host.

Invited presenter and panelist at Unspoken Borders 3rd Annual Conference. Saturday, 4 April 2009. 9:00am University of Pennsylvania, host.

Presented work at Talk 20: On Edge. Friday, 3 April 2009. 7:00pm University of Pennsylvania, host.

Keynote speaker at Transitions: Progressing Across a Shifting Cultural Landscape symposium. (This is an video file) Friday, 27 Feb 2009. 5:30pm Syracuse University, NY, host.

Borders Bookstore - Detroit. Discussion & book signing. 1012 Woodward Ave, Friday, 1 August 2008. 5:30 pm. (313) 963-8840

Shaman Drum Bookstore - Ann Arbor. Discussion & book signing. 311-315 South State St. Tuesday, 8 April 2008. 4:00 pm. (734) 662-7407

Howard University.“Change or Flames.” Invited speaker. Book lecture series. Washington, DC. Feb. 2008. (This is an audio file)

Indi-NOMA, AIA Indiana + Ball State University. Change or Flames.” Invited speaker. Positive Change lecture series. Jan. 2008

25th Annual Architecture Students Conference. “Architecture In Between.” University of Cape Town. Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. April 2007.

SFT-ArchitectureWorld Annual Convention. “More Jazz, Salsa and Hip-Hop in Architecture.” Muster, Germany. March 2007.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Conference. “Twisted: African American Architects and Signature Commissions." Philadelphia, PA. March 2007.

Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art & Cranbrook Art Museum. "Symptom and Waste: Comments on uselessness in the fabric of the city." Shrinking Cities exhibit. Speaker and panelist. March 2007.

National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates Annual Conference. “Twisted: Signature Commissions and African American Architects.” Baton Rouge, LA. March 2007.


Recent Interviews

Hip Hop Meets Architecture in the Work of UM Detroit Design Center Prof Dennis Archambault for Model D online weekly

"DAY NINE: Detroit: Necropolis reborn...Could this be the city of the future?" Red State Road Trip 2. Chris Hume, filmmaker. (this is an video link)

"Motor City Connections" Sharon Morioka for Michigan Alumnus magazine. Spring 2008.

"A Gestao do Territorio." Interviewed by Fabio Lucas in Recife Antigo, Recife Moderno Brazilian Journal (March 2007).

"The Urban Design Lab." Dennis Archambault for Model D Online Magazine. (February 2006).

"Diversity: Architecture, Urban Design & Community Planning." Dee Mann for Twin Cities United Way Online. (2005).


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