24 March 2022

Panel: Representing Accessibility


This year’s annual, student-organized Landscape Architecture Week is titled ‘Access’, exploring topics in accessibility in landscape architecture. We are joined by Wanda Katja Liebermann and Joshua A. Halstead to discuss how design disciplines adjacent to landscape architecture are grappling with questions of equity and inclusion, especially through visual and verbal communication. Why is the representation of inclusivity – visual, verbal, or otherwise – so important to building an inclusive future? What are the considerations in the making of an inclusive graphic set? How do disciplinary and tectonic boundaries create physical seams with accessibility issues? Questions such as these will guide a fruitful discussion as we seek to reorient our respective fields.


Wanda Katja Liebermann

Wanda Katja Liebermann is an architectural and urban historian and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. She is a licensed architect who practiced for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Liebermann’s research focuses on theories and practices of architecture and urbanism in relationship to social justice movements in the United States. Her work investigates disability and racial politics, examining the recursive dynamics between identity and belonging, the built environment, and environmental design. Her current project is a book manuscript for Routledge, called Architecture’s Problem with Disability. This is the first scholarly monograph to critically analyze the complex relationship between architecture and disability rights in the United States across pedagogy, policy, and practice in order to understand the discipline’s narrow response to disabled access and to explore creative alternatives.

Joshua A. Halstead

Joshua A. Halstead [he/they] is an epistemic activist working at the intersection of critical disability studies, design pedagogy, and community organizing. A recognized contributor to disability design discourse, they seek to unsettle and rupture normative systems of thought by centering marginalized perspectives. Halstead has been an invited lecturer in academic and industry settings—from Stanford to Google—and is co-author of the book Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Non-Binary Field Guide for Graphic Designers. Their current project, Cripjoy, is a transnational, majority-BIPOC community of practice focused on reworlding mental health through an intersectional, anti-ableist, and anti-sanist lens.