Cranbrook Academy of Art’s 2023-24 Public Lecture Series is free and open to the public in the deSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum. Cranbrook Art Museum’s galleries are also free and open late on Thursdays. Please arrive early to see our current exhibitions before the lecture.

Yolande Daniels is an Associate Professor in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a B.S.Arch from City College of New York and a M.Arch from Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture and a fellow of the Independent Study Program of the Whitney American Museum of Art in studio practice and cultural studies.

Daniels’ practice combines independent design-research and architecture and design in studioSUMO, which she co-founded in 1995. Daniels’ independent design research explores the spatial effects of race and gender in the built environment, focusing on revealing spatial narratives of resistance and autonomy.

Her practice has been recognized for design excellence by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Japan National Design Council, German National Design Council, Chicago Athenaeum, AIA New York City Chapter, AIA New York State, the NY Architectural League Emerging Voices and League Prize, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard, and the 12th, 14th, 16th and 18th (2023) Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibitions.

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