Zena Howard, Architect of the National African American History Museum

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Zena Howard

Zena Howard

Zena Howard, Architect of the National African American History Museum
Wed., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.
The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
Free Admission

The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University will present a talk by Zena Howard, one of the lead architects of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To register, see here.

The lecture is part of the Amistad Center’s series called Conversations In Color.

Zena Howard is an architect with the firm Perkins+Will, specializing in cultural facilities. She served as the Senior Project Manager for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016.

The talk will focus on her work bringing life to spaces where culture, people, and communities can grow and flourish.

Ms. Howard has more than 25 years of architectural experience with private and public institutions, museum and cultural facilities, libraries, and higher education facilities. Her experience focuses on clients with specialized and/or unique design goals such as environmentally sensitive artifact exhibit areas, environmentally and spatially sensitive spaces for autistic children, historically and culturally significant buildings and locations, and sustainable design in pursuit of LEED® certification and other high performance building goals.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Among Ms. Howard’s current projects is revitalizing a section of Vancouver, B.C., known as Hogan's Alley, which was a four-block long dirt lane that formed the nucleus of Vancouver’s first concentrated African-Canadian community.

Ms. Howard is consulting with a city-supported working group to solidify a vision to resurrect Hogan’s Alley as a cultural hub. Her work will focus on the history and context of communities that have been displaced since Vancouver’s revitalization efforts of the 1930s.

"The need for space is huge…it's sort of an expression of identity,” she said. “It shows that people value a culture, or a people, or a generation. When you have that space you can actually use that to share information, feel welcome, commune, feel comfortable.”

About Conversations In Color
Conversations In Color is a free public cultural series presented by the Amistad Research Center, featuring artists, educators and community activists in talks about their work and its impact on social change.

The Amistad Center’s partner in hosting Zena Howard is Asali Ecclesiastes, Claiborne Corridor Program Manager for the Network for Economic Opportunity in the New Orleans Mayor’s Office.

About the Amistad Research Center
The Amistad Research Center is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America's ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights.

The Amistad Center houses more than 800 collections, including: 15 million original manuscripts and rare documents ranging from the 1780s to present; more than 2,000 periodicals dating from the early 19th century; 250,000 photographs dating from 1859; more than 400 oral histories by musicians, civil rights activists, writers, military figures and community members; 400 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th and 20th century African American masters; and more than 25,000 monographs, books, articles and dissertations on the history of African-American and ethnic groups.


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