As designers, we must embrace our role as protagonists in the built environment.
Boston, MA, USA
Jeffrey Mansfield is a design director at MASS Design Group, a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and a Disability Futures Fellow with the Ford Foundation, whose work explores the relationships between architecture, landscape, and power. Currently, he is researching how Deaf schools and other Deaf Spaces emerged as sites of cultural resistance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as part of his research, on the Architecture of Deafness, for which he is a Graham Foundation grantee. At MASS, Jeff leads the firm's work related to Deaf Spaces as well as the Incarceration and Justice Design Lab, which leverages architecture to call out spatial injustice and advocate for mass decarceration and abolition. Jeff's work has been published in the Cooper Hewitt Design Journal, AD, Tacet and presented at MoMA PS1, Bergen Assembly, Sao Paulo Biennale, and the Sharjah Biennial. Jeffrey holds a Master of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and an AB in Architecture from Princeton University and has been deaf since birth.