When: Tuesday, February 15 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Baltimore+Rotterdam: Designing Cities (Jerome Gray/Zico Lopes)

Each week this spring, two design groups, one from Baltimore (Maryland, USA) and one from Rotterdam (the Netherlands), pair up to discuss architecture, urban design, and how design and policy can improve the built environment for all residents. (More information about this conversation series)

The February 15, 2022 edition features:

  • Jerome Gray Jerome C. Gray Architect (JCGA) (Baltimore)
  • Zico Lopes Spatial Codes – Studio for Architecture & Inclusion (Rotterdam)
  • Moderator: Roberto Rocco, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy at Technical University Delft
  • Host: Cristina Murphy, Assistant Professor at Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning (MSU SA+P) and Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center


12:00pm EST Maryland time, which is 18.00 CET Netherlands time. Each speaker talks about their work, followed by panel discussion and Q&A.

Open to the public. Advance registration required.

The webinar will be conducted in English language.


The lecture is geared towards architects, developers, community organizers, social enterprises, city planners, policymakers, and professors and students of architecture and urban design.

About the speakers

Jerome Gray Jerome C. Gray Architect (JCGA)

Jerome Gray founded Jerome C. Gray Architect (JCGA) in 2013. Mr. Gray is a licensed architect in Maryland, Michigan and Washington, DC with over 30 years of experience in design and planning. Mr. Gray is an artist and historian who has documented the history of architects, buildings and sites through exhibitions, publications, seminars and lectures. He has served as a jurist and adviser for Morgan State’s Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies over the last decade. He was born, raised and educated in the “D” (Detroit, MI).

Jerome C. Gray Architect website

Zico Lopes Spatial Codes – Studio for Architecture & Inclusion

Zico Lopes is an architect and spatial researcher born (1983) on the Cape Verde Islands and raised in Rotterdam-West.

After high school he studied Architecture at TU Delft. Before graduating from the University in 2009, he did a semester at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and attempted the studio “Revitalizing Brightmoor, Detroit“ under the supervision of Prof. Craig Wilkins. After his graduation he started working as a freelance architect. He been involved in several projects in the Netherlands and abroad, including National Art Museum in Mindelo Cabo Verde in collaboration with Ramos Castellano Architects.

In 2018 he founded Spatial Codes – Studio for Architecture & Inclusion, an architecture studio that deals with the relationship between humans and their immediate living environment with the aim of creating spatial interventions that add values and at the same time amplify the sense of space, place and time for both the environment as well as the user(s).

Spatial Codes website

Roberto Rocco, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy at Technical University Delft

Dr. Roberto Rocco is specialized in governance and policy for urban sustainability. He deals with the concept of justice in spatial planning via political economy and philosophy, and works as a consultant for the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Commission.