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Bryan Lee talks about «design justice» — the idea that race, culture, and architecture are inherently connected in a way that links art to racial equity and design to cultural space.

Bryan Lee Jr. is the Place & Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans. With a background in architecture, Lee is tasked with creating, advocating for, and contributing to the creative intervention of public art and social impact design in civic spaces across New Orleans. Before joining the Arts Council, Mr. Lee spent time at 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans. Additionally, Mr. Lee leads an award winning architecture + design curriculum for high school students through the National Organization of Minority Architects Louisiana Chapter (NOMA). As a devoted member of the NOMA, Mr. Lee serves on the National board as the Design Education Chair. He was selected as the 2014 NOMA member of the year and his chapter received the 2014 NOMA Chapter of the Year. Bryan was also selected as a 2015 Next City Vanguard Fellow and a 2015 international British American Project Fellow.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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