Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Eight - "Amplified" - Imani Day

Imani Day

Imani Day, AIA, is the founder and principal of Detroit-based RVSN Studios, which focuses on using architecture as advocacy. As a member of the executive board of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and AIA Detroit, she champions equity within the profession. As a writer/editor, she works to amplify underrepresented voices and uncover issues in the industry. 

Imani is a graduate of Cornell University and is now a Design Teaching Fellow there in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She has previously taught with Florida A&M University and the University of Detroit Mercy and held an editorial fellowship with Columbia University's Avery Review. Imani is the 13th African American woman to become a licensed architect in the state of Michigan and the 463rd in the U.S.


Detroit City of Design Spotlight

The Lip Bar
Parker's Alley (named after Thomas Parker, first free Black man to own land in Detroit)
Design Studio 6
Artist Charles McGee
City Walls Detroit Mural Program
Chili Mustard Onions (designed by Kenneth Crutcher - Crutcher Studio)
Ivy Kitchen + Cocktails (designed by Centric Design Studio)
Baobab Fare (designed by Dokes Design Architecture)
New Center Restaurant corridor: Yum Village, The Kitchen By Cooking with Que, Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
Motor City Match
SpaceLab Detroit
Paradise Natural Foods in Allied Media's LOVE Building (designed by Saundra Little, principal at Quinn Evans)
Live6 (Detroit)
Noir Design Parti and Live6 Black Architects x Black Developers discussion 


Show Topic Notes

RVSN Studios

Cornell University

Imani Day - Curriculum Vitae

Imani Day - Selected Work

Articles written by Imani


Program transcript: Women Lead Design: Women's History Month 2022

The Future of Practice: Interview with Imani Day of RVSN Studios

 AIA Blueprint: Shaping the Equitable City