Jan 30, 2023
Architecture is a tough field, one of the most demanding in terms of academic work. Once you graduate, a Masters Degree in something else is usually needed. Then entry level pay is seldom great, and everyone, we mean everyone – is a critic. Back in the 20th century, when Modernism had it’s heyday, the small number of black architects had it even harder, yet - they quietly created homes and buildings across America that with a few exceptions, like Paul Williams, rarely got any fame or press. White people don’t think of midcentury modern being in Black neighborhoods or created by Black architects – but there’s actually quite a lot. Today’s guest Jerald Cooper created the wildly popular Hood Century Instagram account seeking out Black-designed Modernist architecture, starting in his own town of Cincinnati.