Studio Barnes with Shawhin Roudbari and MAS Context
Germane Barnes’s research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. He is the former designer-in-residence for the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, where he led a multi-site urban revitalization project. He is currently the director of the Community, Housing, and Identity Lab (CHIL) at the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. Learning from historical data and perspectives from within architecture as well as cultural and ethnic studies, CHIL posits that the built environment is manipulated by factors that extend far beyond conventional construction methods. Barnes’s design and research contributions have been published and exhibited in several international institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, PIN-UP magazine, the Graham Foundation, the New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, the Swiss Institute, Metropolis magazine, Curbed, and the National Museum of African American History where he was identified as a future designer on the rise.