Design Diaspora: Black Architects and International Architecture 1970-90 (Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum) and Robert Traynham Coles
On View Saturday, May 18–Sunday, July 7, 1996
Design Diaspora showcased accomplishments in contemporary architecture of 50 prominent black architects from 11 countries including Brazil, Jamaica, Canada, England, France, Holland, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa, and the United States.
Robert Traynham Coles: Architect surveyed the work of Western New York's leading African American architect and his firm, and examined the accomplishments of an activist who works within his community to improve its urban character. Coles' firm's work is both urban and public, usually located in the inner city, and is characterized by its construction with the most durable of materials. Funds were awarded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the American Institute of Architects/Western New York Chapter.