Colloquial + Locate + Collocate: Colloqate
col·lo·qui·al : kəˈlōkwēəl/ adjective (of language) used in ordinary, informal or a familiar conversation; not formal or literary. Conversational. Informal
lo·cate :ˈlōˌkāt,lōˈkāt/ verb 1. discover the exact place or position of. 2. Situate in and of a particular place. 3. place within a particular context
col·lo·cate :ˈkäləˌkāt/ verb 1. (of a word) be habitually juxtaposed with another at a frequency greater than chance. 3.place side by side or in a particular relation.
A familiar [design dialogue] situated in and of particular place. Considering design + justice juxtaposed at a higher frequency than chance.
Mission & Vision.
The language of the built environment tells a complex story of place that can either speak to our values and ideals or reveal persisting inequity and injustice
Colloqate is a multidisciplinary Non Profit Design Justice practice focused on expanding community access to, and building power through the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces. Our mission is to intentionally organize, advocate, and design spaces of racial, social and cultural equity.
We believe that to design is to have an unyielding faith in the potential for a just society. It is an act of individual and collective hope requiring, not only, an awareness of true inequity, but a compulsion to speak out against it in its many forms. Design speaks to the potential for equitable spaces and attempts to visually and physically represent our collective aspirations for the future.
Bryan C. Lee Jr, Director of Design
Bryan is a Designer and Design Justice Advocate. He is the founder/Director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social and cultural equity. Lee most recently worked as the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and prior to that at the 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans.
Bryan is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National day of Action. Additionally, he has led two award winning architecture + design programs for high school students through the Arts Council (local) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (national), respectively. He serves on several boards fellowships He was selected as the 2014 NOMA member of the year, 2015 Next City Vanguard Fellow, 2015 International British American Project Fellow. In 2016, Bryan was selected to give a TED Talk and to Keynote at SXSW Eco on Design Justice.
Sue Mobley, Director of Advocacy
Sue Mobley is Director of Advocacy at Colloqate Design. She comes to Colloqate with over a decade of experience in New Orleans non-profit and policy sectors. Mobley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the American University in Cairo.
Her primary research interests are in urban studies, public history, and design ethnography with a focus on race, class, and gender. She is the author of Human Rights, Human Wrongs, Observation of Human Rights Law and Norms in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.