School of Architecture
Meredith Bostwick’s current research examines planning
and design at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU)
across the southern United States. She is interested in how the
design of these campuses and their buildings is contingent on
topographical sensitivities as well as cultural and political
factors. In particular how the original allocation of land for
these campuses, based on racial politics in southern metropolises,
influenced the design and “sense of place” of each
campus. Meredith will interview alumni, staff, and trustees of
the HBCU's of Atlanta (Morris Brown College, Clark Atlanta University,
Morehouse College, and Spelman University) to better understand
not only historical developments on these campuses, but also current
tactics and strategies related to growth, master planning and
design. She will also compare the development of these campuses
in relation to other HBCU's such as Tuskegee and Fisk Universities,
paying special attention to how black intellectuals, such as W.E.B.
DuBois, conceived of and commented on “space” and
the design of black institutions of higher learning.
She is also completing a thesis at the School of Architecture
that examines a new method of implementing campus master planning
within the HBCU's of Atlanta according to historical tactics of
place and circumstance.