RISD Research Perspectives | Jackey Robinson



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Jackey Robinson is an architectural designer, maker, and educator exploring the social and communal aspects of architecture, specifically those in low-income, black, and queer spaces. From constructing urban strategies to the fabrication of architectural wearable pieces, Robinson questions how we as thinkers can expand perspectives for marginalized communities. His MArch thesis, "& The Category Is. . ." investigates architecture, apparel, and the underground Ballroom culture. He has served as Vice President of the RISD NOMA chapter (National Organization Of Minority Architects) and as a volunteer youth educator with DownCity Design. Wintersession 2022 Robinson brought his research interests to an architecture studio he taught RISD students exploring the elements of wearable architecture design, ballroom, and the figure. In Fall 2022, Robinson joined the RISD Apparel Design Department as a lecturer teaching the course, Identity/identities. This series highlights the intersections of art, design, theory, social justice and research in interviewed conversations within the RISD community, its faculty and students.

Written | Directed | Filmed | Edited by Holly Gaboriault [MA Global Arts + Cultures '21] Original Music by Mike Delick Music Supervision by Elementary Music.


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RISD Research Perspectives, video series, Ballroom, Ball culture, Architecture, power, Black joy, dance, performance, transgender studies, Apparel, fashion, & the Category Is…, queer spaces, safe spaces, community


African American Studies | Architecture | Art and Design | Dance | Fashion Design | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Performance Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social Justice

RISD Research Perspectives | Jackey Robinson