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10/29/20, 6:30pm - 8pm
Pratt Institute
1.5 LU / 50.5 HSW

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Pratt Institute is proud to participate in Archtober, the tenth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October.

This online panel discussion examines the role of  architects and academics in leading a call to action regarding issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in architectural practice. Speakers include  Kathryn H. Anthony, Karen Braitmayer, Joel Sanders, and Craig L. Wilkins. Our moderator will be Katy Waldman of The New Yorker.

This program will be hosted through Zoom. Details will be emailed to you post-registration.

AIA members can earn 1.5 HSW, LU credits by attending this panel. To receive credit for participating, register for the panel and email your AIA membership number to Suzanne de Vegh at .Your attendance will be recorded within 7 days after the event.
Pratt Institute is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have a full and equal opportunity to benefit from the Institute’s programs, services, and accommodations. If you have a disability-related access need, please contact us as soon as possible at

Katy Waldman is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Previously, she was a staff writer at Slate, where she wrote about language, culture, and politics, and hosted the Slate Audio Book Club podcast. She is the winner of the National Book Critic Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing in 2020 and a 2018 American Society of Magazine Editors award.

Kathryn H. Anthony, Ph.D., is Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and its longest serving female faculty member. Professor Anthony teaches, conducts research, and writes about how spaces and places affect people. Her expertise focuses on such topics as social and behavioral factors in design, gender and race in contemporary architecture, and entrepreneurship in design. She has also developed a new seminar on architecture, cinema, environment, and behavior. Professor Anthony is the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago Women in Architecture. The award recognizes her 40-year career as educator, researcher and author who amplified the conversation about how spaces and places affect people—chiefly addressing issues of gender and diversity in design.

Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, is the founder and managing principal of Studio Pacifica, an accessibility consulting firm in Seattle.   She and her team provide consulting services to local governments, school districts, architects, engineers, companies and individuals concerned with complying with Federal laws and State codes, as well as simply creating spaces that work for the unique needs of individual users. Karen also leads presentations and workshops around the country to further educate professionals about codes, standards, and inclusion.As a registered architect, Karen was admitted to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2010 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Access Board, a policy position that she still holds today.  Most recently she was awarded the 2019 Whitney M. Young Jr. award by the American Institute of Architects in recognition of her leadership in civil rights for people with disabilities, social sustainability, public policy and universal design.   In addition, Karen was named 2019 Person of the Year by New Mobility Magazine. Karen is also an active volunteer and non-profit board member.

Joel Sanders, FAIA, is Principal of MIXdesign, a think tank and design consultancy with a team of recognized experts in different aspects of diversity that is dedicated to creating design solutions that make public building types like art museums, restrooms, and university campuses accessible and welcoming to people of different ages, genders, races, religions and abilities.

MIXdesign is a division of JSA (Joel Sanders Architect), where Sanders also serves as Principal. JSA is an award-winning, LGBTBE-certified, full-service architecture and interior design firm specializing in arts, academic, and residential design. JSA brings more than 20 years of experience designing award-winning museum, gallery, and exhibition design projects, which have explored the relationship between embodied experience and social justice.

Sanders is Professor-in-Practice at Yale School of Architecture where he is the Director of the M.Arch II Program. Prior to joining Yale, he was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University and the Director of the Graduate Program at Parsons School of Design.
Craig  L. Wilkins is a lecturer in architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.A 2017 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum National Design Award winner and Hip Hop architectural theorist, architect, artist, academic, and activist Dr. Craig L. Wilkins’ creative practice specializes in engaging communities in collaborative and participatory design processes. The former director of the Detroit Community Design Center, he is currently creative director of The Wilkins Project, a social justice, strategic design alliance that provides architectural, urban design and planning services, public interest design solutions, and expertise in engaged public discourse. Dr. Wilkins is the author of The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture & Music (University of Minnesota, 2007) as well as Ruffneck Constructivist (Dancing Foxes Press/ICA, 2014), Diversity Among Architects: From Margin to Center (Routledge, 2016) and co-editor of Activist Architecture: A Field Guide to Community-Based Practice (DCDC Publications, 2015).

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The School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Pratt Institute
10/29/20, 6:30pm - 8pm
Pratt Institute
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