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Join us Thursday, Jul 2 for our Summer Series Webinar: Changing the Conversation in Design: Breaking Down Bias, Race, Equity

  • 1.  Join us Thursday, Jul 2 for our Summer Series Webinar: Changing the Conversation in Design: Breaking Down Bias, Race, Equity

    Posted 06-26-2020 12:56 PM

    AIA-Committee on Architecture for Education Research Sub-Committee: Breaking Down the Silos: Conversations on the Future of Design and Learning Environments

    Changing the Conversation in Design: Breaking Down Bias, Race, Equity

     Date: Thursday July 02, 2020

    Time: 2-3pm EST

    Platform: GoTo Meeting Webinar: 

    Partners: AIA-CAE; VS America


    Design, as a process, has the power to bring about an architecture that evolves from the unique cultural, social, and economic opportunities of a people within a given place. But in cultivating a 'sense of place' and belonging, the design process often defaults to replicate bias and inequity through the dominant notion that architecture is a neutral object created by one group, only to be used by another group. This critical discussion on race, equity, and bias led by experts in human-centered design Lesley Ann-Noel PhD [Tulane U] and George Aye [Co-Founder, Greater Good Studio] is the beginning of an authentic breakdown of the design process to address coded meanings and power structures at play. Join us as we dive into our times and change the conversation in design to forge an empowering way forward.

    Pre-readings to prime your mindset before our conversation:

    George Aye Co-Founder – Greater Good Studio

    George co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can help advance equity. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centered designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. Since founding Greater Good, he has worked across complex social issues such as criminal justice, civic engagement, public education, public health and youth development. He speaks frequently across the US and internationally. George holds the position of Full Professor (Adj) at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Lesley Ann-Noel PhD, Assoc. Director for Design Thinking for Social Impact and Professor of Practice, Tulane University
    Lesley-Ann Noel teaches design thinking courses for the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Minor. She is also building capacity for design thinking education through facilitations, consultations, and trainings at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Noel was part of the 2018-2019 Ocean Design Teaching Fellowship, co-hosted with the Stanford, where she also served as a lecturer. In her professional practice, she draws on the fields of design, anthropology, business, and education to create product development and business strategy with stakeholders. Her research practice is guided by an emancipatory philosophy. Noel focuses on developing design curriculum for non-traditional audiences and promoting the work of designers outside of Europe and North America. She has exhibited work at design exhibitions in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Brazil, Germany, France and the USA. She has presented peer-reviewed papers at design conferences in the Caribbean, the US, the UK and India. Noel completed her Ph.D. in Design at North Carolina State University in 2018. Her Ph.D. research focused on design thinking at a rural primary school in Trinidad and Tobago. She also holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of the West Indies and a bacharelado (equivalent to bachelor's degree) in industrial design from Universidade Federal do Paraná. Lesley-Ann is a former Fulbright Scholar and a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.


    Dina Sorensen, Assoc. AIA
    Washington DC
    committee on architecture for education event design for energy oct. 21  2-3 pm ET 1 LU free