Mario Gooden is an architect and partner in the firm of Huff + Gooden Architects. The firm was commissioned to design the California African American Museum in Los Angeles and in 2005 won the competition for the Virginia Key Beach Museum in Miami. Mr. Gooden received a Masters of Architecture degree from Columbia University in 1990 and is a recipient of the McKim Prize. He has been invited to present his work at the International Forum of Young Architects and his work has been exhibited widely including the Municipal Arts Society in New York, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In the fall of 2001 he returned to Columbia University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He was the Louis I. Kahn Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yale University during the Spring 2005. Gooden’s work, writings, and lectures frequently examine architecture and the translation of cultural landscapes defined by the parameters of technology, race, class gender and sexuality. In 2006 he completed the installation entitled UnSpoken Spaces: Inside and Outside the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Space at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Huff + Gooden Architects’ proposal for a neighborhood elementary school in New Orleans was recently exhibited at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Venice Biennale and in Artforum.