Bryan C. Lee Jr. is the founder and director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit collective based in New Orleans that tackles social justice projects through a community lens. Lee got his start in architecture at the New Orleans firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and worked as the Place+Civic design director for the Arts Council of New Orleans before starting Colloqate in 2017.
In 2015, Lee created Design As Protest, an educational program that uses the design process to think about problems like racism, immigration, and food justice. After the 2016 election, Lee took the program national, and has hosted 32 workshops around the country that empower groups of designers, advocates, and community members to take an active role in building a better, fairer society.
In September 2018, Lee is partnering with the American Institute of Architects to hold the first Design Justice Summit, which will educate 24 young people with design tactics they can use to improve their communities. Lee is also partnering with the city of New Orleans to figure out what should replace the city’s Confederate monuments as they’re removed. So far, he’s worked with dozens of artists to create posters that express the identity and history of New Orleans for the project Paper Monuments, and will work with the city's citizens to determine who should represent them in bronze in the future.