“Architecture in the Service of Reconciliation in South Africa” is the topic for the next International Studies Institute Fall Lecture on Monday, Nov. 16 from 1 – 2:40 p.m. in Mitchell Hall room 220 on the University of New Mexico main campus.

The lecture is presented by Randall Bird from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

In 1994, South Africa’s first democratic elections unleashed a creative spirit among architects who saw the possibility of remaking a civil society. Design competitions took place, with winners selected and a staggering variety of new buildings, monuments and parks were built.

However, the spaces designed to legally maintain and promote a racially segregated society remain an integral part of the South African landscape.

This lecture examines a handful of innovative architectural designs that address post-Apartheid conditions in the service of reconciliation and transformation across South African society.

This International Studies Institute lecture is funded by UNM and UNM’s National Security Studies Program.

The event is free and open to the public.