Mabel-O-Wilson

Mabel O. Wilson, PhD.
Professor Architecture, Columbia GSAPP

Mabel O. Wilson is a scholar, designer, and artist. At Columbia University, she is a Professor of Architecture, a co-director of Global Africa Lab and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Along with two books, she has published widely in journals, essay collections, and publications. She’s currently writing Building Race and Nation a book about how slavery influenced early American civic architecture.

She is a collaborator in the design team currently developing designs for the Memorial to Enslaved African American Laborers at the University of Virginia. Exhibitions of her work have been featured at the Art Institute of Chicago, Istanbul Design Biennale, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial. She’s a founding member of Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?) a collective that advocates for fair labor practices on building sites worldwide and whose work is on view at the Art Institute of Chicago till mid-June 2017. She is one of twelve curators contributing to MoMA’s major exhibition “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Architecture” on view from mid June thru October 2017.. She has a B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia, M.Arch from Columbia University, and a PhD. In American Studies from New York University.