J. Yolande Daniels


WHERE New York, Boston, Los Angeles, USA
PEOPLE J. Yolande Daniels (b. New York, USA, 1962)

The research and design work carried out by the founder of studioSUMO tackles the spatial consequences the idea of race and gender have on what is built. Daniels sees architecture as a litmus test of the way we relate to ourselves and the world around us. In this sense, the African diaspora, still bleeding from the memory of slavery, relates with architecture by refusing it altogether as a Eurocentric tool of exclusion and limitation. In her work, J. Yolande Daniels offers a vision of history that connects not only with the feeling of exclusion, but also with that of the pride of a community within unexpected spaces.


  • Black City: The Los Angeles Edition, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, MoMA, New York, USA, 2020
  • The Rome Prize – American Academy in Rome (AAR), 2003-2004