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Pascale Sablan

I Was Asked to Stand 
DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Lecture


The Wexner Center’s annual program sharing thoughts from the world’s leading artists, architects, and designers presents this compelling virtual talk from architect-activist Pascale Sablan.

Sablan’s talk I Was Asked to Stand empowers audiences to dismantle injustice by exploring—and confronting—the lack of representation, documentation, and acknowledgment of diverse designers and architects and their many great works. The discussion will speak to the historical infrastructure oppressing women and BIPOC architects; present programs and initiatives that fight for justice; and to future collaborations that aspire to achieve a built environment eradicated of racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression.

About the speaker

Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate at Adjaye Associates

Through documentation, curation, and acts of elevation, Sablan champions women and diverse design professionals. Her objective: to create a just profession, bring social awareness to the built environment, and empower communities through design.

With more than 14 years of experience, Sablan has worked on a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural, and residential projects in the US and globally. Sablan is this country’s 315th living African American, female registered architect. Advancing architecture for the betterment of society, she brings visibility and voice to the issues concerning women and diverse designers. Sablan founded the Beyond the Built Environment organization, which is uniquely positioned to address the inequitable disparities in her field. She was awarded the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young. Jr. Award for her advocacy efforts and ascended to the AIA College of Fellows, the youngest African American to reach that honor. She also received the Pratt Alumni Achievement Award and was featured on the cover of Building Design + Construction magazine as part of their 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Sablan has given lectures at colleges and universities nationally as well as at such cultural institutions as the United Nations and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Image of Pascale Sablan

Courtesy of Pascale Sablan.

View of Libation Court, African Burial Ground National Monument

View of Libation Court, African Burial Ground National Monument. Firm: Aarris Architects (Rodney Leon & Nicole Hollant-Denis). Copyright Notice / Credit: John Bartelstone,

Aerial view of Milot, Haiti Vocational School Campus

Aerial View. Milot, Haiti Vocational School Campus. Architect: Pascale Sablan. Copyright Notice / Credit: Pascale Sablan. Client: Reynald Altema,

View of exhibition in the Center for Architecture

View of Exhibition in the Center for Architecture, AIANY. SAY IT LOUD - New York. Pascale Sablan Curator. Manuel Miranda Designer. Copyright Notice / Credit: Cameron Blaylock

View of Exhibition in UNIC Bujumbura

View of Exhibition in the UNIC Bujumbura. SAY IT LOUD - United Nations Information Center Worldwide. Pascale Sablan Curator and Designer. Copyright Notice / Credit: United Nations,

This lecture was made possible by the DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Program Fund, which supports presentations by distinguished speakers in the fields of art, architecture, and design, and cosponsored by Ohio State’s Knowlton School and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
L Brands Foundation
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Adam R. Flatto
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss

Michael and Paige Crane
Axium Plastics
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Ohio State Energy Partners
Washington Prime Group
Lisa Barton
Nancy Kramer
Paramount Group, Inc.
Business Furniture Installations
E.C. Provini Co, Inc.
New England Development
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