Master of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
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Abraham Diaz is an artist, student organizer, and master of architecture student in his final year at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the current Graduate Architecture Council President, a Divided City Graduate Summer Research Fellow, a Design Futures Alumni, and he is finishing a fellowship with Open Architecture Collaborative as one of twelve inaugural Equity In Practice Fellows. As president of GAC, Abraham focuses on addressing isolation and overwhelm as substantial barriers to a fulfilling educational experience, especially for international and BIPOC students. Abraham’s research interests include trauma-informed design and responsive design, which he believes should be informed by an abolitionist praxis and analysis of place and politics. He is conducting independent research on architecture’s capacity to integrate healing modalities into its built form. In 2022, as a Divided City Graduate Research Fellow, he traveled to the SouthWest United States, where he documented and analyzed United States Customs and Border Patrol interior checkpoints, proof of what he considers to be the United States’s not only enduring but expanding legacy of white supremacy and colonialism. Abraham likes playing tennis and cooking food with friends in his free time.