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3/30/23, 9am - 6pm
Grace Farms

Join us to design a more humane future at the Design for Freedom 2023 Summit at Grace Farms on March 30, 2023, as we come together for a day of action and awareness.

Accelerate the movement to eliminate forced labor from the building materials supply chain with industry leaders in architecture, interior design, manufacturing, engineering, and construction, alongside policy makers, owners, developers, engaged consumers and non-profits.

Focus Topics:

  • Design for Freedom Pilot Projects
  • The Business Case
  • Supply Chain Transparency
  • Roundtable Deep Dives: Timber, Interiors, Circularity, Policy, and more

Enjoy breakfast and lunch, cocktail hour, and ample networking opportunities, as well as an agenda designed to inspire collective action alongside leaders and partners in the Design for Freedom Movement.

2023 Design for Freedom Summit Schedule

9 am – Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits

9:30 am – Music
Marcus Miller, Grace Farms
Florian Idenburg, SO-IL
Nick Rosenboro, Architensions

10 am – Welcome Address
Sharon Prince, CEO and Founder, Grace Farms

10:15 am – Accelerating the Movement | Pilot Projects
Sharon Prince, CEO and Founder, Grace Farms
Curtis Clay, Director of Architecture, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Jing Liu, Principal, SO – IL
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, BIG
Nina Cooke John, Artist, Architect and Educator, Studio Cooke John
Pete Hamill, Senior Vice President, Turner Construction

11 am – The Business Case for Design for Freedom
Richard Lui, Anchor, MSNBC/NBC News
Ana Hinojosa, Former Executive Director, US Customs & Border Protection, and Advisor, Oritain
Debbie Propst, President, Global Retail, MillerKnoll
Maha Khan, Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, United Nations University
Tateo Nakajima, ARUP Fellow, Technical Services Leader

11:45 am – Morning Break

12:15 pm – Supply Chain Transparency
Nora Rizzo, Ethical Materials Director, Grace Farms
Jim Vallette, Co-Founder and President, Material Research L3C
Paul J. Bradley, Global Supply Chain Manager, Lendlease
Shawn MacDonald, CEO, Verité

1 pm – Lunch & Architectural Tours
Toshihiro Oki, Architecture Advisor, Grace Farms (formerly of SANAA)

2:30 pm – Roundtables

Building Materials and the Climate Report by Yale CEA & UNEP
Anna Dyson, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture
Jim Vallette, Co-Founder and President, Material Research L3C

Converting Textile Transparency to Interiors
Ana Hinojosa, Former Executive US Customs & Border Protection Advisor, Oritain
Buxton Midyette, VP Marketing & Promotions, Supima Cotton
Gabe Wing, Director of Sustainability, MillerKnoll
Hayes Slade, Co-Founder, Slade Architecture
Rachel Berkin, Sustainability Product Manager, Tarkett
Rebecca Best, Vice President Sustainability, Material Bank

Global Policy as a Driver
Angel Dizon, Government Sr. Executive responsible for Public Buildings (Great Lakes Region)
Joanna Hall, Executive Director, SustainChain
Dr. Lee Schwartz, Director, Department of State, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues
Peter Swartz, Co-Founder, Altana AI

Material Circularity + Tech Innovation
Brigid Abraham, Design for Freedom, Grace Farms
Chris Sharples, Founding Principal, SHoP
Diana Kellogg, Owner and Principal, Diana Kellogg Architects
Felix Heisel, Circular Construction Lab, Cornell University
Florian Idenburg, Principal, SO – IL

Timber Studies
Ben Dreith, U.S. Editor, Dezeen
Dr. Jonathan Hermanson, Co-Executive Director, University of Washington Center for Environmental Forensic Science
Luciana Varkulja, Founder & Principal, uma architecture & design
Rod Khattabi, Chief Accountability Officer, Grace Farms

Tools for Material Transparency
Annie Bevan, CEO, Mindful Materials
Barbra BatShalom, CEO, BuildingEase
Evelyn Ritter, Senior Solutions Engineer, Toxnot
James Slade, Co-Founder, Slade Architecture
Monica Becker, Organizational Leadership Team and Director of Market Transformation, Cradle to Cradle
Raphael Sperry, ARUP

4 pm – Inspiration & Action

5 pm – Cocktail Hour

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Grace Farms
3/30/23, 9am - 6pm
Grace Farms
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