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      Barnes’ 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. He believes strongly in design as a process, and approaches each condition imposed on a project as an opportunity rather than a constraint. Architecture presents opportunities for transformation – materially, conceptually and sociologically.

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. Most notably, The Museum of Modern Art, The Graham Foundation, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, The Swiss Institute, Metropolis Magazine, Curbed, 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

Collaborators
Joachim Perez
Chat Travieso
Derrick Smith
RLC Architects







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