Demar Matthews Wants to Bring Distinctly Black Architecture to American Neighborhoods

The designer is out to establish a new vernacular—one that “elevates, not denigrates,” Black identity within the built environment.

Designer Demar Matthews isn’t wasting any time. Fresh out of a master’s program in architecture at L.A.’s Woodbury University, he established his own firm, OffTOP Design, and hit the ground running by putting into practice answers to a question that had loomed over his training: Where is the Black architecture?

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