Prepare for a compelling conversation on the intersection between architecture, culture, and community as the Southern California chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SoCal NOMA) presents “Unearthing a Black Aesthetic: Conversation with Demar Matthews & Kevin Sherrod” at the iconic Helms Bakery District in Culver City.
The event, scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2023, presents an opportunity to engage with the two influential architects. Attendees will get an in-depth look into the development of a Black architectural language, the power of architecture as a cultural signifier, and its impact on the values, traditions, and identities of Black communities.
Los Angeles architectural designer and Principal of OffTop Design, Demar Matthews, will join Kevin Sherrod, the Arts and Culture Practice Area Leader from Gensler LA to discuss the many layers of their collaborative work and share insights on how their visions intertwine.
The conversation is set to take place amidst the critically acclaimed exhibition, “Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture,” at the Helms Bakery District – a fitting backdrop for a discussion centered around architecture’s transformative potential.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a dynamic conversation on architecture’s integral role in shaping community narratives. Witness firsthand how Matthews and Sherrod harness the power of architecture to symbolize traditions, encapsulate values, and reinforce identity within Black community.