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      Barnes’ award winning research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity, examining architecture’s social and political agency through historical research and design speculation. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity.

Born in Chicago, IL Germane Barnes received a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Woodbury University where he was awarded the Thesis Prize for his project Symbiotic Territories: Architectural Investigations of Race, Identity, and Community.  

Currently he is an Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami School of Architecture, a testing ground for the physical and theoretical investigations of architecture’s social and political resiliency. His work has been featured in international institutions most notably, The Museum of Modern Art NY, San Francisco MoMA, LACMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial, MAS Context, The Graham Foundation, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, Metropolis Magazine, Domus, Wallpaper* Magazine and The National Museum of African American History where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.

Current Team
Andrea Martinez
Isabella Adelsohn
Kevan Washington

Past Team Members
Florianne Jacques
Gabriel Soomar
Jennifer Lamy
Clarissa Hellebrand
Jheanelle Miller
Isaiah Holmes
Taylor Eyo

Tiffani Banks
Mahlia Jenkins
Bernute Augustin
Sydney Maubert
Vincent Brown
Johnny Laderer

Joachim Perez
Chat Travieso
Derrick Smith
RLC Architects

All projects are owned by Studio Barnes LLC