CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture Professor Ifeoma Ebo wins prestigious placement in climate change workshop

Assistant Professor Ifeoma Ebo of The City College of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture is selected to be a member of the 2024 Cohort for the Academy for Public Scholarship on the Built Environment: CLIMATE ACTION. The honor comes from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the ACSA Research & Scholarship Committee, in partnership with The OpEd Project and the University of Southern California, Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication.

Ebo is one of 12 architecture faculty members chosen for her research reflecting climate change and climate justice. She will participate in The OpEd Project’s virtual “Write to Change the World” workshops, as well as a series of climate training modules led by the USC, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, focusing on storytelling, media, terminology, and more, offering an extended training opportunity to expand the impact of her research and scholarship beyond academia.

After the workshop, cohort members will have access to The OpEd Project’s Mentor-Editor network to get individualized feedback on their op-ed drafts with an eye towards publishing in a local, regional, or national newspaper.

The Nigerian-American Ebo’s research explores how the just transition can be accomplished through regenerative practice in the built environment industry. Regenerative practice in the design/planning field is a critical component of climate action. Exploring the extent to which our built environment supports a regenerative economy, ecologies, and energy has the potential to encourage transdisciplinary engagement. This exploration regenerative practice is rooted in the intersection of climate and cultural justice - more specifically culture-based approaches to climate action particularly in BIPOC/ immigrant communities. 

The Brooklyn-based Ebo is a principal of Creative Urban Alchemy, LLC, an award-winning urban design and planning studio. In the past, she has partnered with prestigious institutions like the United Nations, FIFA, and the NYC Mayor’s Office. Ebo has served on advisory boards for the Mayor of Helsingborg, Sweden H22 Smart City Initiative, Association for Community Design, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and is a member of Dark Matter University - a design justice network of BIPOC academics. 

As a creative, Ebo explores her passion for visual storytelling to craft engaging design workshops. She has exhibited her work as a part of the Architectural League Shifting Ground visual archive capturing the relationship between society and the built environment during the pandemic. She has received awards and fellowships from the Black Artists & Designers Guild, NYS Council on the Arts, the Architectural League, and United States Artists. Ebo holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of City Design & Development from MIT.

At CCNY, she teaches a Design and Spatial Justice course exploring cultural, climate, and environmental justice at the Spitzer School of Architecture. She joined the faculty in Fall 2023.

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Thea Klapwald