UT Austin School of Architecture presents Breaking Barriers: The Legacy of John S. Chase
John Saunders Chase was the first African American graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and first licensed African American architect in the state of Texas. It is undeniable that Chase left a legacy of boundary-breaking leadership that changed the University and the field of architecture in the United States. However, his legacy extends to shaping cities and placemaking, including in Austin. His buildings in East Austin still stand as a testament to his architectural career and his efforts to serve the East Austin community. It is important to assess the impact Chase had on the city and how his work can inform our discussions of East Austin today.
Organized by the Community and Regional Planning Student Organization, the panel features Donna D. Carter, FAIA, President of Carter Design Associates; Dr. Kazique Prince, Senior Policy Advisor & Education Coordinator, Office of Austin Mayor Steve Adler; Natasha Harper-Madison, Council Member, District 1, City of Austin; Virginia Cumberbatch, Director of Community Engagement and Social Equity, UT Austin; and Nefertitti Jackmon, Executive Director, Six Square, Austin's Black Cultural District.
This event is followed by a reception.