Nexus Podcast | June 26, 2020

Aisha Densmore-Bey

Season 1, Episode 1: For our inaugural episode, we talk to Boston-based architect, designer, filmmaker, artist, and GSD Doctor of Design candidate Aisha Densmore-Bey.

Aisha Densmore-Bey

Photo by Aisha Densmore-Bey


Aisha gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her groundbreaking children’s book Who Made My Stuff?: Miles Learns About Design as well as her upcoming short film ROOM. Along the way, we discuss the process of working between multiple design disciplines, the challenges and joys of being Black in design, and the role of ethics in design practice.

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About Aisha Densmore-Bey

Aisha Densmore-Bey is an architect, designer, filmmaker and artist based in the Boston area. Aisha is also a Doctor of Design candidate at the GSD focusing on issues around how artists can combat gentrification and build up communities. She is a 2012 recipient of the American Institute of Architects Associates Award, author and illustrator of the children’s book Who Made My Stuff? Miles Learns About Design, and writer, producer and director of the award-winning film short ROOM. Her professional practice specializes in architecture, interiors, lighting design, graphic design, film, and art.

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About the Show

Developed by the African American Design Nexus at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The Nexus is a podcast that explores the intersection of design, identity, and practice through conversations with Black designers, writers and educators. The Nexus is produced in conjunction with a commitment by the Frances Loeb Library to acquire and create an open-access bibliography of various media suggested by the GSD community on the intersection between race and design.

Show Credits

The Nexus Season 1 is hosted by Caleb Negash and Tara Oluwafemi, students in the Master of Architecture program at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Our show is recorded and edited by Maggie Janik, and our theme music is produced by DJ Eway.


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