The Penn State College of Arts and Architecture announced Folayemi “Fo” Wilson as Associate Dean for Access and Equity. Wilson will be the first person to assume the inaugural role, dedicated to helping Penn State challenge and address assumptions about diversity, inclusion, access and equity. Welcoming Wilson’s post, B. Stephen Carpenter II, Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture said: “[Wilson’s] our efforts will move us forward in response to our commitment to address social, cultural and institutional challenges.
Wilson is currently the Co-Director of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Columbia College Chicago, where she is also a Professor of Art and Art History. She is also the co-founder and director of blkHaUS Studios, a social design studio in Chicago that focuses on transforming and uplifting marginalized communities.
Wilson lectures and exhibits widely, his design work being included in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design, and has held academic positions at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Rhode Island School of Design, l ‘University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and California. College of the Arts. She is also a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies of the Fine Arts.
Wilson will begin the role on August 14, 2021.
The news of Wilson’s appointment comes a week after Penn State student Emmanuella Bakare was announced as one of 24 female students participating in the 2021 National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) NOMA Foundation scholarship. ; a two-month research fellowship in collaboration with 19 leading US-based design firms.
Earlier this year, meanwhile, the Penn State team of José Pinto Duarte, PhD, Elena Vazquez and Zoubeida Ounaies, PhD, as well as Neil Katz AIA of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), were announced as the one of four research teams awarded the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, providing up to $ 30,000 to teams advancing sustainable architecture and design. The Penn State team is currently looking to generate design guidelines for adaptive building envelopes using bistable laminates.