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Alicia Olushola Ajayi

Alicia Olushola Ajayi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP as well as an architectural designer, researcher, writer, and (still trying to figure it out) based in NYC. After receiving a dual masters in architecture and social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Alicia worked as an associate designer at MASS Design Group. There she contributed to the Equal Justice Initiatives Soil Collection exhibition and the ground-breaking Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montogomery, AL., a site dedicated to the racial terror and lynching throughout US history.

Recently she completed a master’s in design research from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. At SVA, she refined her research practice to be rooted in historical research and cultural theory applications. Ajayi is currently documenting and researching Brooklyn, IL, the first Black American town to be incorporated by 1829. Situated along the Mason-Dixon line, Brooklyn’s past offers a rich history of the external ideologies and internal motivations that created radical Black spatial conditions. The study of Brooklyn and other antebellum Black settlements offer a critical understanding of Black place-making in American history. The research is supported by the School of Visual Arts Alumni Association (2019), the New York State Art Council on the Arts (2019), and the Architectural League’s Deborah J. Norden Travel Grant (2020). Ajayi’s article “We Call It Freedom Village: Brooklyn, Illinois’ Radical Tactics of Black Place-making” can be read here.

Ajayi’s practice incorporates multiple writing forms from scholarly to commentary to experimental. Her work is featured in The New York Architecture in Review, PIN-UP Magazine, Metropolis, Architectural Record, The Architectural Review, Dear Friend, and The Funambulist. Ajayi serves on the advisory board of Oculus Magazine. She is the show producer for the upcoming podcast Curious Story Lab, an interview platform hosted by influential graphic designer Michele Washington, spotlighting designers of color. Ajayi is also the project manager at BlackSpace Urbanist Collective, a group of design professionals dedicated to protect and create Black spaces.

Ajayi’s Spring 2021 advanced architecture studio focuses on addressing sites of erasure and developing new modes of practice to address the impacts of dispossession.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4103‑6 Fall 2021
Architecture Studio III
Speculations of future land use and reclamation of the site over the next 10 years.
Diagram of rainwater and compost systems integrated in the site.
Section perspective showing interior courtyard and unit connection, exterior circulation, and common courtyard space.
Alicia Olushola Ajayi
0 Points
A4106‑6 Spring 2021
Mark-Making and Place-Keeping: Erasure, Emergence, and Imagination
Nuclear family house with mural
Arch mooreajayi jenifertello sp21 architecturalscale
Arch mooreajayi mark melita kantai 02 human scale
Justin Moore, Alicia Olushola Ajayi
TH 5 PM - 9 PM
0 Points