BSA Staff Picks: Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
The month of May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month. In honor of this dedicated month, the BSA staff have selected links, resources, books, and more to share with you so we can all celebrate the work, life, and stories of AAPI architects and designers.
To submit a resource or share an experience related to AAPI history, culture, and/or architecture, please reach out to us at [email protected].
Waves of Knowing A Seascape Epistemology by Karin Amimoto Ingersoll
Developing the concept of seascape epistemology, Ingersoll articulates an indigenous Hawaiian way of knowing founded on a sensorial, intellectual, and embodied literacy of the ocean.
I. M. Pei and the Asian American Experience
I. M. Pei wasn’t famous because he was a good architect among Asian-American architects. He was famous because he was a great architect who happened to be Asian-American.
13 Asian American Architects and Designers You Should Know
From architectural titans like I.M. Pei to master furniture artisans like George Nakashima to Googie trailblazers like Helen Liu Fong, design-savvy Asian Americans have shaped and continue to shape the way we live our lives.
How a pandemic year of loss reshaped Maya Lin’s art and architecture
LA Times | What began as a story about a building, however, ultimately became about how so much can change in the course of one fateful year.
Interview: RISD President John Maeda Bridges Cultures and Disciplines
John Maeda is a well-known, ever-present iconic figure in the computer science and design world. He is hard to categorize since over a long career he has been known as a technical innovator, graphic designer, leading educator and speaker, author of books that are standard references for students and peers, plus much more.
6 AAPI Artists Reflect on the Spike in Anti-Asian Violence
U.S. history demonstrates that time and time again, Asians have consistently been used as scapegoats, from the whitewashing of railroad construction to Japanese internment to the murder of Vincent Chin to the “China virus”—all the while being labeled the “model minority.” AAPI artists have long been at the forefront of highlighting and unpacking this often invisibilized reality.
Helen Liu Fong is the visionary Googie architect you've never heard of
Helen Liu Fong, a Chinese-American taught at UC Berkeley's school of architecture, was an indispensable member of the design movement during the middle of the 20th century.
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
An intimate portrait of the groundbreaking writer that interweaves archival imagery, including home movies and personal photographs, animation and original interviews to tell the inspiring story of Tan’s life and career.
Minoru Yamasaki—Detroit Designs the World
AIA National: 2017 Twenty-five Year Award: Grand Louvre - Phase I
Greeted with hostility and derided as a Modernist affront when it was first proposed as the main entrance to Paris’ Musée du Louvre, this 71-foot-high glass and stainless steel pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, FAIA, now rivals the Eiffel Tower as one of France’s most recognizable architectural icons.
Sho-Ping Chin FAIA, 1953–2015
We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of our colleague Sho-Ping Chin FAIA.
Asia is home to more megacities than any other continent: the works by the 11 artists in this exhibition respond to the political, environmental, and social conditions of their home cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Seoul, conveying their textures, proportions, and striking material and visual juxtapositions.
Noguchi: Useless Architecture
Noguchi: Useless Architecture is an exhibition of around fifty works mostly drawn from the Noguchi Museum’s collection and occupying its second floor galleries.
Asian American Designers Union
The Asian American Designers Union (AADU) is a platform for empowering Asian American professionals working in the built environment disciplines to grow personally and collectively.
The Polynesian Cultural Center
The allure of old Polynesia lingers among the Pacific island people who demonstrate their traditional arts and crafts and perform their lively songs and dances at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Theme Studies
Finding a Path Forward: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study, edited by Franklin Odo, is a publication of the National Park Service. Each chapter has been written and peer-reviewed by experts in Asian American and Pacific Islander studies.