R. Chris Daemmrich
Hi! I'm Chris. I grew up in Austin, Texas' beautiful Barton Hills, land taken by force from the Tonkawa people by settler colonialists who believed themselves to be White. I graduated from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, a public magnet high school on the Lyndon B. Johnson campus in Northeast Austin, where I first became involved in efforts to question and challenge persistent racial segregation.
In 2012, I moved to New Orleans to attended Tulane University. As a student, I was a part of the Multicultural Arts and Architecture Collective, Students Organizing Against Racism, Divest Tulane! and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS-TU), and was elected to leadership positions with the Tulane College Democrats and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). I graduated in 2017 with a master's of architecture and a major in political science.
Today, I facilitate critical processes to question systems of social relations, particularly those upholding hierarchies of race, class, gender and sexual orientation as facilitator of JAWS 2. As a member of the Paper Monuments team, I work to amplify the stories of people, places, movements and events that make New Orleans.
Through the Freedom School of Design, I conduct advocacy, research and co-design projects which aim to engage racialized cultural and political spaces through an antiracist, queer, feminist lens. I coordinate programming, content and communications for the American Institute of Architects’ New Orleans chapter and the New Orleans Architecture Foundation, contribute to Colloqate Design’s efforts to design spaces for racial, social and cultural equity, and serve on the board of the National Organization of Minority Architects’ Louisiana chapter as well as the Architecture+Design Film Festival:New Orleans.
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