Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, “Decolonizing the City-Making Professions: Learning from the Dreams and Defeats of the 1960s”
Dr. Sutton, FAIA is a distinguished visiting professor of architecture at Parsons School of Design and was the twelfth African American woman to be licensed to practice architecture, the first to be promoted to full professor of architecture, and the second to be elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Sutton's scholarship explores America's continuing struggle for racial justice. A recent book, When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in Americas Cities and Universities, portrays an audacious affirmative action effort at Columbia University during the Civil Rights Movement. A forthcoming book (Fordham 2021), A Pedagogy of Hope: Pursuing Democracy’s Promise through Place-Based Activism, characterizes the struggles of low-income youth to improve their rundown surroundings as a new form of activism.