Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Designers Elevating Untold Narratives

Aki Carpenter

Read Time: 3 minutes
Throughout February, SEGD is focusing on the importance of experience design and experience designers to amplify, celebrate and bring Black culture and history to the forefront. To do this, we are sharing a curated weekly series of video presentations from 2020 featuring designers in our SEGD community speaking about their roles in presenting difficult historical topics while engaging audiences through specific design strategies. On February 10, SEGD shares “Designers Elevating Untold Narratives” presented by SEGD Board Member Aki Carpenter and featuring the design work of Ralph Appelbaum Associates on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the upcoming Obama Presidential Center.

Phil Freelon, Architect Who Helped Design Smithsonian’s African American Museum, Dies at 66

He led a consortium of several architectural firms — formally known as the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup — that won the design competition for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2009.

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