Demar Matthews Wants to Bring Distinctly Black Architecture to American Neighborhoods

Demar Matthews Wants to Bring Distinctly Black Architecture to American Neighborhoods

By Duncan Nielsen
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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