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Panel | Breaking Barriers: The Legacy of John S. Chase

In conjunction with the exhibition "Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase," the School of Architecture presents a dynamic panel discussion addressing the relevance of Chase's legacy today and what it means for the Austin community.

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 across the United States. However, his legacy extends to shaping cities and placemaking initiatives, including here 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 (CRPSO), 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

Nefertitti Jackmon, Executive Director, Six Square, Austin's Black Cultural District

This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:00pm

Goldsmith Hall (GOL), 3.120
310 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, Campus & Community, World & Culture, Diversity


School of Architecture

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, General Public



Free and open to the public



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