Tonya Matthews, Matteo Milani & Walter Hood: Water, Space, and Experience at the International African American Museum | LAEP Lecture
Since the opening of the International African American Museum in June, the conversation between water, space, and experience has been a focal point.
Dr. Tonya Matthews, the museum’s CEO and president; Matteo Milani, associate partner at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and architect of the museum building, join LAEP Chair Walter Hood, designer of the museum’s gardens, discuss how they approached curating the visitor experience at IAAM and how the simple collision of empathetic storytelling and reclaiming space becomes an act of social justice. A discussion moderated by Associate Professor Anna Livia Brand follows
A reception in Bauer Wurster Gallery precedes the talk at 6 p.m.
About the speakers
Tonya Matthews, PhD, is president and CEO of the International African American Museum. Previously, she served as associate provost for inclusive workforce development and director of the STEM Innovation Learning Center for Wayne State University and, prior to that, as the president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. While at the Michigan Science Center, she founded The STEMinista Project, a movement to engage girls in their future with STEM careers and tools. Matthews is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education and was appointed by both Democratic and Republican administrations to the National Assessment Governing Board. Dr. Matthews is a published poet has written several articles and book chapters on inclusive governance, nonprofit management, and fundraising. She received her PhD in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her BSE in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University, alongside a certificate in African/African American Studies.
Matteo Milani, AIA, associate partner at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, has been practicing, teaching, and writing about architecture for more than two decades, first in Milan and then in New York, where he has lived since joining PCF&P in 2006. One of the firm’s leading designers, he has contributed to many of its most important recent projects. He worked closely with Henry Cobb on the design of the International African American Museum from its earliest stages and remains deeply involved with the project to its completion. Other projects he collaborated on with Cobb include Palazzo Lombardia in Milan and Soyak Kristalkule | Finansbank Headquarters in Istanbul. Matteo holds a PhD in urban and architectural design from the Polytechnic University of Milan, where he also received an MS in architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a frequent contributor to Domus and other architectural publications.
Free and open to the public.
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