June A. Grant, RA, NOMA,

Born in Kingston, Jamaica to Joan Grant (nee Chapman. Port Antonio, Jamaica and Neville Grant (Kingston, Jamaica) She attended Our Lady of the Angeles Preparatory School and Campion College High School, Kingston, Jamaica.

June obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, CAST (UTECH) in Kingston, and another Bachelor’s in Business Administration, major in Finance, minor Art.  (Magna Cum Laude) from Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, USA. She attended the prestigious Yale University School of Arts and Architecture, in New Haven, Connecticut, where she received a Masters’ degree in Architecture

June A. Grant, RA, NOMA, is a visionary architect, Founder and Design Principal at blinkLAB architecture; a boutique research-based architecture and urban design studio that re-thinks conventional approaches. Launched in 2015, BlinkLAB was created based on Ms. Grant’s 20 years experience in architecture, design and urban regeneration of cities and communities.

  Her design approach rests on an avid belief in cultural empathy, data research and new technologies as integral to design futures and design solutions.

blinkLAB has three mandates – A commitment to Design Exploration, Advocacy for Holistic Solutions and the Integration of Technology as catalytic components necessary for a regenerative society.

Ms. Grant has been featured on the PBS NewsHour – Brief But Spectacular, is also the immediate Past-President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SFNOMA); Board member of ACADIA, a YBCA100 honoree, 2020 CEDAW Human Rights honoree, and the 2020, 10th Annual J. Max Bond Jr. Lecturer.

COMMUNITY: Because we are designers committed to new forms of knowledge through making, we prefer to situate ourselves in the middle of catalytic design- where new challenges and emerging opportunities are addressed through multi-layered thinking and design.  Open and collaborative, BlinkLAB is a small multi-disciplinary design studio with projects bridging architectural form, urban economics, urban design, industrial design, furniture and digital fabrication towards the creation of regenerated communities.

HOUSING:  Due to mounting concern about the number of people living in slums on our cities, since 2016  blinkLAB has been advancing an independent research project with the working title “From Asset Rich/Income Poor to Asset Rich/Income Secure” – a design and neighborhood development endeavor focused on small-footprint approaches, such as ADUS, which stabilize individual housing stock, increase generational wealth and provide for sustainable cultural conservation of African American communities in both urban and rural districts.  This work is informing State and Local Housing Policy with more Racially Equitable goals. Collaborating organizations include AARP and the Chan Zuckerberg Institute.