SAY IT LOUD
Now – October 31, 2023
Visual Arts Center | Jerstad Gallery
In collaboration with the American Institute of Architects South Dakota (AIA SD) and the Sioux Falls Design Center, SAY IT LOUD South Dakota is an exhibition that spotlights the contributions of women and diverse designers to the state’s built environment. The exhibition features projects by 30 local women and diverse design professionals and offers interviews about their experiences in the architecture and design professions.
SAY IT LOUD — created by Beyond the Built Environment and curated by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA — is the activation of a national movement of sharing, protecting and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD exhibitions have been hosted across a spectrum of communities from Nebraska and Montana to New York, Chicago and London.
Pascale Sablan is a visionary architect, activist and leader who has dedicated her career to making the built environment more equitable and just. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Pascale is a trailblazer who is breaking barriers and inspiring the next generation of architects.
As an Associate Principal at Adjaye Associates, Pascale has been a key member of the team for numerous projects around the world. Her work is characterized by a commitment to excellence, innovation and sustainability, and she has been recognized as one of the most influential architects of her generation.
In addition to her work as an architect, Pascale is the founder of Beyond the Built Environment, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women and people of color in the architecture industry. Through a variety of initiatives, including an annual conference and a mentorship program, the organization provides opportunities for education, mentorship and professional development.
Pascale is also a leader in the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), serving as the Global President of the organization. In this role, she is working to promote diversity and equity in the architecture profession and to ensure that the voices of underrepresented communities are heard and valued.
Pascale’s ultimate goal is to realize a just world, where everyone has access to the benefits of good design. She believes that architecture has the power to shape our lives and that by promoting diversity and equity in the profession, we can create spaces that are more inclusive, accessible and welcoming for all people.
Pascale’s work has been recognized by some of the most influential people in the world, including Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama. Oprah featured Pascale on her Future Rising platform for Black trailblazers, describing her as a “powerhouse woman” who is “actively changing history.” Obama has also praised Pascale’s advocacy work, saying that “she is making a real difference in the world by bringing visibility and voice to the issues concerning women and BIPOC designers.”
Pascale has been featured in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Forbes and NPR. In a profile in Forbes, she was described as “the powerhouse woman ... actively changing history with a simple mission: women and designers of color must claim and be credited for their contributions to the built environment.” In an interview with NPR, Pascale emphasized the importance of the connection between the professionals conceiving and constructing our environments and the people they should serve.
Pascale’s impressive career and advocacy work make her an inspiration to architects and activists around the world. Her commitment to diversity, equity and justice is a powerful reminder of the potential of design to create a better world for all people.
South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.