Office Hours
September 22, 2020
World Wide Web
Social practice
Overview

A socially-engaged initiative rooted in intersectional justice that cultivates the sharing of world-making knowledge amongst practitioners who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Links

Instagram: @officehours.design
Website: Office-Hours.design
Contact: info[@]office-hours[.]design

Office Hours

Office Hours is a participatory project operating at the intersection of art, architecture, and social change that cultivates the sharing of worldmaking knowledge by and for BIPoC creative practitioners. Started by Esther Choi in July 2020, over 2000 people of the global majority have participated in this classroom-meets-chatroom from over 19 countries including the United States, Canada, Jordan, Malaysia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, India, Australia, South Africa, and the Philippines.

Office Hours' bimonthly 75-minute sessions are advertised on Instagram at @officehours.design and on its website. The first 200 BIPoC students and practitioners that register receive a link to the free Zoom event held later that week.

Through its seasonal programming, Office Hours aspires to render liberatory worldmaking strategies by BIPoC practitioners available to wider audiences, while providing free information that addresses the barriers to entry for design creatives of color. As an experimental space of sociability, its dialogical format promotes knowledge sharing, listening and dialogue, lived experience, and multi-racial and inter-ethnic solidarity as crucial tools for social transformation. Embracing intersectionality, Office Hours encourages speakers and attendees to engage in intimate discussions about the ways in which their overlapping social identities have shaped their personal journeys and insights. In addition to abiding by community agreements, all participants are asked to turn their cameras on and arrive accountable to the group dynamic.

Season 1 speakers included Alyse Archer-Coité, Sunil Bald, Germane Barnes, Shumi Bose, Sean Canty, Tei Carpenter, Esther Choi, Eric Hu, Mark Gardner, Asad Syrkett, Jonathan Jackson, Justin Garrett Moore, Quilian Riano, Jacqueline Shaw, Lexi Tsien-Shiang, Lee Mun Wah, and Dong-Ping Wong. Season 2 began in February 2021, and has featured Sumayya Vally, Tammy Eagle Bull, Dori Tunstall, Benjamin Kaplan, LinYee Yuan, Zeina Koreitem, Eddie Opara, and Alex Lin, among others.

To learn more, visit www.Office-Hours.design.

How To Support Office Hours

Donations to Office Hours are tax deductible and can be made here. Office Hours operates under the fiscal sponsorship of The Architectural League of New York, a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Press

Jess Meyers, "Esther Choi Is Building a Global Community to Nurture the Next Generation of Designers," Dwell Magazine, (Sept. 2021). Print and web.

Wanda Lau, "Esther Choi: Courage is a Muscle," (Interview), Architect Magazine, (June 2021). Web.

Mateo Sancho Cardiel, "Racismo y fluidez de género en el mundo del diseño y arquitectura," El Pais, (May 2021). Web.

Jack Balderamma Morley, "Second Season of Esther Choi's Office Hours Promises More Opportunities for Young Bipoc Designers." Arch Daily. Web.

Jack Balderamma Morley, "The second season of Office Hours promises more opportunities for young BIPOC designers." The Architect's Newspaper. (March 4, 2021). Print and web.

Mimi Zeiger, "It's Time to Abolish the Architecture Critic," Dezeen, (March 1, 2021).

Architizer Editors, “Office Hours is shifting the landscape for BIPOC creatives,” Architizer. (Oct. 23, 2020). Web.

Charu Suri, "A Grassroots Mentorship Program Aims to Break Down Industry Barriers," Architectural Digest Pro (Oct.19, 2020). Web.