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Getting started with research

For help on searching and researching please out our guide on getting started with academic research.

Getting Started with Academic Research

Decentering Whiteness in Design History

Decentering Whiteness in Design History Resources

A bibliography of resources created by a group of White design historians in the USA who are working to decenter Whiteness in their design history courses and their work as scholars.

"By “decentering Whiteness,” we mean simultaneously decentering White people within the history of American design, and decentering North Americans and Europeans within the global history of design."

Other guides

Be sure to check out this other guide on diversity in design created at VCU. They have curated an excellent list of diversity in design websites.

VCU Diversity in design guide

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Diversity in design

The Art & Architecture Library at Virginia Tech is committed to raising awareness and providing a platform for conversations on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We do this by recognizing the history of underrepresented communities through our collections and exhibitions and providing access to resources so that our community can be better informed.

In this guide you will find some resources to help you start researching diversity within design disciplines. On this page you will find a wide range of resources on issues of diversity in design and the tabs above contain list of some books and ebooks owned by the library. 

This guide is not exhaustive and is always growing and changing. If you know of a resource you would like to see added please get in touch with Scott Fralin.


Racial Justice

Below are links to prominent writings and near-exhaustive lists of resources at the intersection of race and art, architecture, and design. 

African American Design Nexus | Explores the intersection of design, identity, and practice

Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion Resources Archive | Crowd-sourced resources collected by AIGA Design Educators Community

Black Landscape Matter by Kofi Boone in Ground Up

Black Lives Matter | Collection of Essays by Architectural Historians and Organized by Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative

Mapping Inequality | Interactive map that visually represents redlining in New American Deal

Race and Architecture: Studying the Historical Intersection of Form and Culture | A Blog by Charles Davis

Race/Space Reading List | Extensive crowd-sourced list started by Anna Maria Leon at the University of Michigan


SAH Booklist