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Episode 63 | Design as Protest, Protest by Design, Part I

Bryan C. Lee Jr. and Sue Mobley of Colloqate Design join us to discuss how design can support or deconstruct systems of institutional oppression.

Episode 63 | Design as Protest, Protest by Design, Part I

About Colloqate
Colloqate is a multidisciplinary nonprofit design justice practice founded by Bryan C. Lee Jr. and Sue Mobley. Its mission is to intentionally organize, advocate, and design spaces of racial, social and cultural equity.

Both founders have deep backgrounds in social activism.

Lee is an architect who was formerly the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans as well as the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and the Design As Protest National Day of Action.

Mobley was formerly the Strategy and Communications Lead for the Organizing and Facilitation Committee of the Music and Culture Coalition New Orleans, as well as the Executive Director of Sweet Home New Orleans and the Community Coordinator for the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.

The two came together to establish Colloqate after collaborating on other projects through a variety of venues.

Colloqate’s work looks to inspire conversation about how systems of racial, ethnic and gendered discrimination become embodied in the built environment. Designers, therefore, are at the very least complicit in creating systems of oppression if they remain unaware of how their work serves to perpetuate these systems, or deconstruct them.

Notable projects include the Design Justice Platform – an online, open source program to instigate a conversation on topics like immigration, education and racial injustice. Colloqate hopes to crowdsource a “hippocratic oath” for designers which can fold into architects’ pre-existing commitment to health, safety and public welfare.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2018 is "Alright With Me" by Reggie Young from his album "Young Street." The break music is "Canal Street Blues" by Dr. Michael White from the album "Our New Orleans."