JACK TRAVIS 

Jack Travis FAIA ARCHITECT

SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

New York Based Designer

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Completing the first book to showcase the work of Black Architects here in the United States currently practicing as of 1992. I was most surprised and please to learn that my efforts was the first – then I was saddened by that very same fact Been sober ever since and the mission is laser focused

and sure.

JACK TRAVIS 

Bio:

Jack Travis’ career of 25 years has evolved a triumvirate approach of educating students, practitioners and citizens nationally and internationally to the legacy of Blacks in Architecture and the defining of a Black design aesthetic.

 

 

Jack Travis: The Global Africa Project Interview - 2010

2 Min 48 Sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUsDHkHIYMI

 

 

CNN Style with Elsa Klensch - 1995

3 Min 10 Sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E6Ta0ymoKQ

 

 

J Travis Inspired: Africa, WPA Art and a Unique Hospital Design - 2013

1 Hr 32 Min 48 Sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orbRNNebPE4

 

 

J Travis AIA NY Interview - Next Gen Arch: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative

From 10:58 – 15:15

https://www.aiany.org/membership/special-projects/article/next-gen-arch-equity-diversity-and-inclusion-initiative/videos/

 

 

NOMA at 40 - OUR TIME: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE. REFLECTIONS AND

OBSERVATIONS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL INDUSTRY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE - 2012

Page 19

https://noma.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Fall2012NOMAMag_FINAL.pdf

 

 

Conversations with the Diaspora: A Plenary Discussion - 7.31.15

3 Hrs 11 Min 27 Sec

https://vimeo.com/141837796

 

 

World Interiors Day Webinar with Jack Travis

1 Hr 36 Min 50 Sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=USQwwoPC3pY&feature=emb_logo

 

 

Archi Afrika E Lecture Series – Jack Travis

I Hr 21 Min 58 Sec

https://zoom.us/rec/play/7MAvcOyqpm83S93DsQSDAqN7W9Xpf6ms2nBI_voJyB6xVXRQNlejb7ZHN-qcfJMQ_vD5RuzSNG1KNfd_

 

 

Jack Travis, "Fringe Benefits: Recent Work Outside Looking In"

1 Hr 05 Min 30 Sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U05ADlCs0Lo

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Ten years old in fifth grade I wrote one of my first essays on how badly our school was designed for children attending it It was designed in the Brutalist style of which at that time of course I had no idea of I simply thought that the building was not kid friendly

What do you do?

I am principal in my small firm of one person with an interior design assistant and I usually get a student or two to assist e when I am busy I am also an adjunct professor teaching in four interior design programs here in NYC. They are The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts (SVA) and The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID)

What excites you in the work you do?

The discovery of something bold or new particularly when it pertains to a Black or African based initiative in environmental design Black culture is well underrepresented in our profession. My work looks at evolving a Black aesthetic People often ask me what is that – or - what does it look like I tell that that I may not know exactly what it looks like, but I do know what it doesn’t look like! And that is anything that has to do with a strong non African ideal of base I think Black architects have to sever ourselves greatly from the seduction of the current academy if we are ever to produce a ew direction and focus for architecture – one that comes from our own sensibilities and not one that is well defined and demands that all others address its importance.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Completing the first book to showcase the work of Black Architects here in the United States currently practicing as of 1992. I was most surprised and please to learn that my efforts was the first – then I was saddened by that very same fact Been sober ever since and the mission is laser focused and sure.

 

Photography Credit:

Jack Travis FAIA ARCHITECT

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