Hip Hop Architecture Volunteer Application
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Hip Hop Architecture Workshop

BosNOMA will host a lecture and youth workshop with Michael Ford Assoc. AIA, designer, researcher, and advocate for Hip Hop Architecture. Michael Ford is interested in exposing young people to the architecture profession and exposing architects to a new way of thinking. Ford’s hip hop architecture youth programs have become a critical tool for him to teach design justice to young people.

The lecture, co-hosted by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, will take place at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston), on Thursday, August 3, 2017. The following day, Friday, August 4, Ford will lead a Hip Hop Architecture Workshop, co-hosted by the BSA Foundation, at the Mattapan Teen Center (10 Hazleton Street, Mattapan) with 30-40 children ranging from ages 13-17.  The camp will need 7-8 volunteers (a ratio of 1 volunteer to 5 youth attendees) to help facilitate the workshop.

Anyone (18+) with an interest in the intersectionality of architecture and social issues is highly desired. A love of hip hop is a plus but not required.

Thursday, August 3
Location: BSA Space, 290 Congress St., #200 Boston, MA 02210

5:15 pm
Volunteer check-in meeting and introductions with Michael Ford
6:00 pm Lecture, with reception to follow 

Friday, August 4

Location: Mattapan Teen Center, 10 Hazleton St., Mattapan, MA 02126

8:00 am-4:00 pm
Hip Hop Architecture Workshop


If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer, please fill out the application and submit by Friday, July 21 at 5:00 pm. Volunteers will be notified by Friday, July 28.

If you have any questions, please contact BosNOMA at bosnoma@gmail.com.
Are you able to attend both of the required events? *

The lecture is on Thursday, August 3 at 5:15 pm and the workshop is on Friday, August 4 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Contact Information *

Please provide first and last name, phone number, and email. Most communication will be done through email.
What is your occupation/passion?

How do you think the built environment affects the well-being of society? *

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What do you think about the importance of hip hop culture? *

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If you had to pitch your artistry to a group of strangers, what would you say? *

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About Michael Ford

Michael Ford is a designer, born and raised in the city of Detroit. Ford received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), where he completed his graduate thesis titled “Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and Design.” He has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates located in Detroit, Mich. and as an adjunct professor at his alma mater. Ford has also worked as a designer at Flad Architects located in Madison, Wisconsin.

He has spent the past decade working to blur the lines between professional practice and academia. He is dedicated to stimulating cross-disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants. More specifically, Ford has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as Le Corbusier in envisioning the built environments which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture.

Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including FastCo Design, Blavity, The Fader, CityLab and Vibe Magazine. Along with these publications, Ford is also a regular presenter at the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Annual Conferences and has been a guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, University of Detroit Mercy, UPenn, Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Recently Michael Ford was invited to keynote the 2017 American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture and he delivered the keynote at 2016 SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas. Through his years of research, publications, and lectures, Michael Ford is recognized in the architectural and hip hop communities as a galvanizer and pioneer of a new era of architectural practitioners.

Watch the Hip Hop Architecture TEDxMadison presentation: Hip Hop Architecture: The Post Occupancy Report of Modernism

Visit the website to learn more about Michael’s work: BrandNu Design Group | Hip Hop Architecture

Check out The Hip Hop Architecture Camp Music Video: Hip Hop Architecture Camp: Music Video
About BosNOMA

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is an organization that thrives on the volunteerism of its members.  For over 40 years, NOMA’s mission has been to build a strong national organization that promotes the quality and excellence of minority design professionals.  Our goals are to increase the level of participation in the social, political and economic benefits afforded to the citizens of this nation and to remove the barriers that make full participation unattainable.  Local chapters give members a base from which to be involved in political decision making, to visit schools and reach out to students, to conduct community and civic forums, and to responsibly practice in our professional capacities.

All final volunteers will be notified by Friday, July 28. 

For questions and concerns please contact BosNOMA at bosnoma@gmail.com. 

To find out more information about the events check out https://bosnoma.org/ & http://www.architects.org/programs-and-events/michael-ford-hip-hop-architecture!

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