As a writer and editor, Imani Day, AIA, NOMA works to amplify underrepresented voices and uncover issues in the architecture industry. She is the founder and principal of Detroit-based RVSN Studios, which focuses on using architecture as advocacy, and as a member of the executive board of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and AIA Detroit, she champions equity within the profession.
Michael Ford, the "Hip-Hop Architect,” is an architect, designer, educator, and keynote speaker. He was born and raised in Highland Park, Michigan, a city within Detroit, and is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy. Mike is founder of both BrandNu Design, a full-service architecture, design, and research firm and The Hip Hop Architecture Camp®, a week-long intensive experience designed to empower underrepresented youth to explore and excel in the fields of architecture, urban planning, and creative placemaking through the lens of hip hop culture.