design miami / miami 2023

dieDAS - Design Akademie Saaleck was invited to host a panel -discussion by Design Miami/ and 2023 Curatorial Director
Anna Carnick

On the occasion of Design Miami/ 2023, dieDAS did present a private, student-facing workshop followed by a public panel discussion exploring the topic of monuments. Both events did take place on December 9th at the revered international design fair’s Talks Theater. The public-facing talk did run from 14:00 until 15:00 EST.
At this pivotal moment, as we reckon with and reimagine public monuments around the globe, dieDAS and Design Miami/ invite experts in design, art and architecture to reflect on the responsibility of communicating complex histories and creating spaces for healing. What stories do the monuments we erect tell? And whose voices are excluded or included? The panel conversation, titled Monumental, delves into the future of monuments in public spaces and the ways they can represent a more inclusive story of humankind - past, present, and future.
In the private, educational workshop, entitled Claim Your History, these same experts did guide local Miami students in an in-depth look at informal and formal monuments. The discussion did explore the significance of historical and contemporary monuments to local communities, including the values they embody; the roles they play in connecting to a communities’ past and present; and—in looking forward—how they might ensure a sense of continuity, and/or serve as tools, deeply rooted in place, for reclamation, healing, and honoring identity.

The events did bring together four distinguished participants:

  • Germane Barnes, architect and designer, founder of Studio Barnes, and 2023 dieDAS artistic director
  • Nina Cooke John, architect and designer, founder of Studio Cooke John and educator at Parsons and Columbia University
  • Adam Nathaniel Furman, artist, designer, writer, and academic
  • Jha D Amazi, Principal, Public Memory & Memorials Lab at MASS

Barnes did moderate the discussion, which was followed by a Q&A session.

These events are a continuation of the dieDAS 2023 fellowship program entitled Monumental Affairs - Living with Contested Spaces led by Germane Barnes this summer at the Saalecker Werkstätten (Germany), which brought together fellows Adam Maserow, Antoinette Yetundi, Silvia Susanna and Yassine Ben Abdallah. Throughout the fellowship, the fellows interrogated the process of canonization in architecture and delved into inquiries related to monument construction, the inheritance of oppression, and alternative histories.

The topic is, as well, a natural fit for Design Miami/ 2023’s curatorial theme, Where We Stand. As Curatorial Director Anna Carnick says, “This year’s fair considers the role design plays both in reflecting and responding to the world around us—throughout history and at this pivotal, polarized moment. Celebrating objects inspired by place, identity, and heritage, the theme is an invitation to delve into the storytelling power of design, and, in turn, its potential for nurturing connectivity. The subject of monuments is a rich, complex, and important part of this conversation. We are extremely proud to have had dieDAS, Germane Barnes, Nina Cooke Johnson, Jha D Amizi, and Adam Nathaniel Furman participate—and grateful for what I know will be incredibly thoughtful conversations.” . To learn more, visit

Germane Barnes

Miami-based, Chicago-born Germane Barnes studied architecture at the University of Illinois and Woodbury University. He is primarily regarded for his propositional practice dedicated to investigating the connection between architecture and identity. By examining architecture’s social and political agency through historical research and design speculation his work has a particular focus on the relationship between the built environment and Black domesticity.In addition to his eponymous practice, Barnes is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami School of Architecture, a testing ground for the physical and theoretical investigations of architecture’s social and political resiliency.

Barnes’ work has been presented and supported by several illustrious institutions and organizations, including MoMA, SF MoMA, LACMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial, MAS Context, The Graham Foundation, Miami Design District, Design Miami/, and The National Museum of African American History. He is the winner of the 2021 Rome Prize in Architecture, the 2021 Harvard Wheelwright Prize, the 2021 Architectural League Prize, and an inaugural grant from Theaster Gates and Prada’s Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab.

To learn more about Studio Barnes, visit / Instagram: @gmane16

Jha D Amazi

Jha D Amazi believes that the narratives upheld in our public realm should be expanded to represent, honor, and celebrate the experiences, histories, and cultures of people who have been historically denied representation in our memorial landscape. As a Principal at MASS Design Group, Jha D leads the Public Memory and Memorials Lab, engaging communities to design projects such as the Franklin Park Action Plan (Boston, MA), the Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument Project (Tallahatchie County, MS and Chicago, IL), and the Gun Violence Memorial Project (Chicago, IL, and Washington D.C.), Additionally, Jha D is a spoken word artist, event producer, and self-proclaimed SpaceMaker for LGBTQ+ communities of color. In 2023, she was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment by Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey. (Based in Cambridge, MA)

To learn more about Jha D, visit / Instagram: @jhadamazi

Adam Nathaniel Furman

Trained in architecture, Furman now works across diverse scales and disciplines, from painting, videos and prints, to large public artworks, furniture, interiors, and beyond. Their vibrant aesthetic combines diverse influences into a distinctive visual language that is singular and very much their own. Exhibited and collected internationally, Furman's work delights in community, inclusivity, and the transforming power of spaces that provide joy, inspiration, and the permission to be purely oneself.

To learn more about Adam, visit / Instagram: @adamnathanielfurman

Nina Cooke John

Nina is the founding principal of Studio Cooke John Architecture and Design, a multidisciplinary design studio that values placemaking as a way to transform relationships between people and the built environment.

Studio Cooke John’s Shadow of A Face, the new Harriet Tubman Monument in Newark, NJ was unveiled in March 2023. The studio was awarded a 2021 AIA Merit Award for the public art installation, Point of Action, commissioned for the Flatiron public plazas in 2020 and currently on view at the Wassaic Project. Nina was named a 2022 United States Artists Fellow. Her work has also been featured in Architectural Record, Madame Architect, The New York Times, Dwell, NBC’s Open House, the Center for Architecture’s 2018 exhibition, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture and PBS NewsHour Weekend.

Nina earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. She now teaches at Columbia University.

To learn more about Nina, visit / Instagram: @ninacookejohn

Anna Carnick

Anna Carnick is an American-born, Berlin-based independent editor, writer, and curator. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of Design Miami’s online magazine, The Forum, as well as the Design Miami/2023 Curatorial Director. She is also cofounder of Anava Projects, a creative agency dedicated to supporting socially conscious designers. Carnick has edited several books on art and design and written for a variety of esteemed publications and institutions. She is author of the books Nendo: 10/10 (Gestalten) and Design Voices as well as a former columnist for Icon Design Magazine. Carnick has curated and produced a number of design exhibitions and events around the globe, with an emphasis on nurturing emerging talent and community.

To learn more about Anna Carnick, visit and / Instagram: @acarnick