Elgin Cleckley

UVA/ _Mpathetic Design

Reconstruction of The Growlery, Cedar Hill, Fredrick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia, photo by E. Cleckley.

Reconstruction of The Growlery, Cedar Hill, Fredrick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia, photo by E. Cleckley

"_mpathic design: Summer 2021"

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual event, via Zoom

This lecture will share _mpathic design's approaches and methods through sitting in the urban fabric of Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2021.

Together, we'll experience what the built environment and landscapes feels like through Blackness - a year after our collective racial reckoning - to achieve goals for inclusive public spaces.

AIA continuing education credits available (1 LU/HSW)


Elgin Cleckley.

Elgin Cleckley, Assistant Professor of Architecture at UVA

Elgin Cleckley, NOMA, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design Thinking at UVA with an appointment in the School of Education and Human Development and the School of Nursing. He is a designer and principal of _mpathic design – an award-winning Design Thinking pedagogy, initiative, and professional practice.

After studying architecture at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, he collaborated with DLR Group (Seattle), MRSA Architects (Chicago), and Baird Sampson Neuert Architects (Toronto) on award-winning civic projects. Before joining UVA’s Design Thinking program in 2016, he was the 3D Group Leader and Design Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre (Toronto). This work produced the world’s first museum/design thinking architectural space (the Weston Family Innovation Centre). 

Elgin is the recent winner of the 2021 UVa Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award,  two ACSA Awards, and the Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, supporting the development of his forthcoming book with Island Press, _mpathic design. Recent writings include MANIFEST: A Journal of the Americas, the Journal for Interprofessional Education and Practice, and Bridging the Gap: Emergent Ideas on Architectural Pedagogy and Practice Design (Routledge / Manchester School of Architecture). _mpathic design has been widely presented at national and international conferences in architecture, design, educational, and health arenas, with a recent presentation at the World Congress of Architects in 2021.

_mpathic design’s practice includes collaborations with the City of Lynchburg, and the Albemarle County Office of Equity and Diversity, and will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2022. Elgin is also the Design Director at the UVa Equity Center, and it’s Project Pipeline: Architecture Mentorship Program, while leading the UVa BIPOC Mentorship Program.