Mabel O. Wilson

Mabel O. Wilson is an architectural designer, artist and cultural historian. Her transdisciplinary practice Studio & has been a competition finalist for several important cultural institutions including lower Manhattan’s African Burial Ground and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro). She is a collaborator with Höweler + Yoon for the design of the Memorial for Enslaved African American Laborers at the University of Virginia. She has authored Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016) and Negro Building: African Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (2012). Exhibitions of her work have been featured at the the Venice Architecture Biennale, Architekturmuseum der TU Mūnchen, Art Institute of Chicago, Istanbul Design Biennale, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial. At Columbia University she is the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor of Architecture, a co-director of Global Africa Lab and the Associate Director at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS).