Program Officer The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York, New York
Since our inception, EKLA’s best-known work has quietly challenged mainstream assumptions about the aspirations and needs of underrepresented voices. EKLA’s studio practice reflects the apprenticeship traditions of Black-owned firms to uphold design methodologies rooted in diverse narratives. We hear we are different: so what, exactly, is EKLA? Alumni and current staff discuss approach, legacy, and future.
Understand how the practice focus of BIPOC design practitioners shaped EKLA’s professional ethos and business strategy at its inception.
Understand why EKLA’s approach to narrative investigation engages and redefines a broader critical understanding of place and identity.
Learn why EKLA’s focus on teaching through client service has worked for all concerned.
See why EKLA’s practice model lays groundwork for the future.