Germane Barnes

He // Him // His

[ID: A portrait of a man sitting in an empty showroom, his right leg perched on a roll of blue paper and his arms resting on his thighs. He is dressed in a pink t-shirt, pink fur coat, black jeans, Space Jam Air Jordan’s, and New Era baseball cap.]

Miami, FL
2022 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Sarah Arison.

Germane Barnes’ research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, Barnes examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. He is the winner of the 2021 Wheelwright Prize from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a 2022 Rome Prize fellow, and a 2021 recipient of the Architectural League Prize. His design and research contributions have been published in and exhibited at several international institutions, most notably, the Museum of Modern Art, PIN-UP Magazine, the Graham Foundation, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, Design Miami/Basel, the Swiss Institute, Metropolis, Curbed, and the National Museum of African American History, where Barnes was identified as a future designer on the rise.

Portrait photo by Raw Pop-UP.

  • Artwork by Germane Barnes
    Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown. Photo by Steven Brooke.
    [ID: Photo of six chairs set up in a museum space. The backs of the chairs are carved to resemble hair combs, each one in a slightly different style. The seats of the chairs are woven with a red-and-white design.]
  • Artwork by Germane Barnes
    Block Party. Photo by Mark Waite.
    [ID: Photo of a pink and blue jungle gym installation with tubes resembling an HVAC system and two ladders. Behind the structure, an elevated train is going by.]
  • Artwork by Germane Barnes
    Dark Mode. Photo by Blair Reid.
    [ID: Photo of an installation in a space with black-painted walls. A long table supported by x-shaped frames is covered with a model-sized city of black buildings. A sign reading “Dark Mode” hangs behind the table.]
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