Diversifying Design Through Hip-Hop Architecture

Did you know that less than 3% of architects in America are African American? Mike Ford, a longtime hip-hop fan with a masters in architecture from the University of Detroit, is intent on changing that  statistic. Ford is the founder of Hip-hop Architecture, a nationwide camp that exposes underrepresented kids to design through a familiar and well-loved vehicle — rap music.

During one of Ford’s five-day programs held in New York last May (one of nearly 20 scheduled across the US this year), students used rap lyrics as a basis for Lego models, practiced working with three-dimensional design in Tinkercad, honed their own rap verses (often with help from professional MCs), and created a music video.

Tinkercad has been honored to work with Ford in supporting his dedication to making design accessible to all. Learn more about Mike and his Hip-Hop Architecture Camp in this RollingStone.com feature.