Announcing the Spring 2024 Lecture Series

The spring 2024 Sciame lecture series, Access and Beyond: Architecture and Disability, answers the call for disability justice in our time. Architects, designers, and scholars, inspired by critical disability studies, make up the distinguished roster of speakers who situate disability, ability, and access in pointed, specific critiques of design, culture, and power. This series invites practitioners to probe assumptions embedded in universal design, to center belonging in design practice, to critique technology in relation to inclusion, and to apprehend the rich contribution of difference in the sensorial experiences of places.

In keeping with the theme of Access and Beyond, the 2024 Mumford Lecture will be delivered by David Gissen, the renowned architect, historian, and theorist of disability, access, and the politics of architecture.

All lectures are in-person, free, and held at 5:30 pm NYC time at the Spitzer School of Architecture (Sciame Auditorium). Live captioning and ASL interpretation will be available upon request. For access requests or questions, please contact

We look forward to seeing you in person!

Thursday, 02/08/2024
Human Spatial Computing
Reginé Gilbert

Thursday, 02/15/2024
Who Are Libraries For? Some Thoughts on Disability, Design, and Public Architecture
David Serlin

Thursday, 02/29/2024
Spectrum Space: Sensory Decolonization, Sensory Curation and the Autistic Imaginary
Magda Mostafa

Thursday, 03/14/2024 
From Rights to Justice: Designing Spaces of Cultural Belonging
Jeffrey Mansfield

Thursday, 03/21/2024
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Crip Camp
Ignacio G. Galán, Robert McRuer, John Peterson

Thursday, 03/28/2024 
The Architecture and Urbanism of Disability
David Gissen
The Lewis Mumford Lecture

Thursday, 04/04/2024 
Spitzer Alumni Panel: Facets of Inclusive Design
Caroline Ho  ’22, Luísa Janssen Harger Brown  ’20, Toar Sadia  ’17

Thursday, 04/11/2024 – CANCELED 
Critical Access Studies
Aimi Hamraie


This Sciame lecture series is made possible by the Spitzer Architecture Fund and the generous support of Frank Sciame ’74,
CEO of Sciame Construction.