“Actionable Pathways for Community-Focused Careers” will discuss the roles of architects, designers, and citizens in shaping our cities and the civic impact architecture has on communities. The current climate has encouraged conversations that push for systemic changes. While these conversations often involve design considerations, many in our field are limited by existing frameworks that do not support civic engagement in education or practice.
This program seeks to provide an actionable toolkit that encourages designers to emphasize equitable practice and community-centered work. Advocating for intervention at various stages of education and professional development, this program will feature practitioners and educators whose approaches expand beyond traditional models. Rather than a survey of these individuals’ community-based work, the panel will interrogate the modes of practice, fee structures, research methods, and networks of collaborators required to achieve a viable and sustaining practice that goes beyond the normative client-based architecture practice.
Moderator: Corey Arena, Assoc. AIA, Gans & Company
Speakers: George Aye, Greater Good Studio June Grant, blinkLAB architecture A.L. Hu, Ascendent Neighborhood Development Masha Konopleva, Ennead Architects
About the Program AIANY’s Civic Leadership Program was founded by the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) with the mission to foster civic engagement and responsibility among emerging architectural professionals. Through mentorship and programming, the goal is to cultivate an enduring culture of advocacy with the intent of sowing lasting benefits for our profession, communities, and nation.
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