Discussing race and culture in real estate

By Chris Arnold

The role of race in the urban realm

Today's guest is Ujijji Davis, a Brooklyn born landscape architect and urban planner currently living in Detroit. There she focuses on landscape and urban design, master planning, and strategic implementation projects. Her current research regards the importance of arts & culture and race & vernacular landscapes in the urban realm.

She recently published a critical essay in the Avery Review with Columbia University, entitled "The Bottom: The Emergence and Erasure of Black American Landscapes," on black identity in American landscapes in 2018. She's an advocate for STEM girls education and keynoted the 4th Annual Young Women's Leadership Affiliate Convening, and was a feature for CareerGirls.org STEM leaders. She is also a 2018 Next City Vanguard Fellow. Ujijji holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

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