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Daniel D’Oca: The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion

October 20, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Robert E. Lewis Memorial Lecture and Doors Open Baltimore Kick-off Event presented by The Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the AIABaltimore Urban Design Committee

Tour (1 AIA/CES LU HSW Available): 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Reception: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Lecture + Discussion (1.5 AIA/CES LUs Available): 6:30 – 8:00 pm

FREE to attend. Learn more about the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Doors Open Baltimore.


Join architect Anath Ranon, AIA, of Cho Benn Holback + Associates at 5:00 pm for a tour of the redeveloped Fred Lazarus IV Center. This under-utilized building has been transformed by Cho Benn Holback + Associates into a dynamic hub of graduate and undergraduate study programs. A dark, lifeless space without connection to the main urban street was transformed into a major street presence opening to art galleries, cafe space, and a new lecture hall. The new design also brings natural light deep into the building by a major cross-corridor lobby and exhibit space used to reorganize the interior. Recently renamed to pay tribute to former, long-time President Fred Lazarus IV, the Graduate Studio Center honors his enthusiasm for both MICA and the Greater Baltimore community.


This lecture and the discussion to follow will enlarge the conversations prompted by the Baltimore unrest to deepen the dialogue for the architectural community and the public on the role that architects, architecture and urban design can play in facilitating a more inclusive, equitable, and ‘open city.’  Daniel D’Oca has written extensively on the topic and will engage the audience in a presentation and conversation moderated by local author and design journalist Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson.

Daniel D’Oca is an urban planner. He is Principal and co-founder of the New York City-based architecture, planning, and research firm Interboro Partners, and Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, Daniel has taught interdisciplinary US-based studios about age-friendly design and planning, suburban poverty and segregation, and other contemporary problems facing the built environment in the United States.

Prior to teaching at the GSD Daniel was Assistant Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he produced an award-winning public exhibition about racial segregation in Baltimore. With Interboro, Daniel has won many awards for Interboro’s innovative projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and Young Architects Awards, and the New Practices Award from the AIA New York Chapter.

Most recently, Interboro was one of ten firms selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to work on its pioneering “Rebuild by Design” initiative. Interboro’s book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion is an encyclopedia about accessibility and the built environment that will be published by Actar in 2015.

Sponsorships are available!  Please contact Kathleen Lane, klane@aiabalt.com

Image: Interboro Partners, mural, 2012. Illustration: Lesser Gonzalez.


October 20, 2015
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center
113 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States