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Designers often operate under the assumption that their intention to work in the public interest makes their work inherently good, but this is not enough. Design professionals must be more reflective about what they hope to achieve, and more honest about what they actually do achieve. How might designers move beyond focusing on process or product to address outcomes? How can they hold up new voices and perspectives that can help them innovate around equity? Fundamentally, how might design professionals deliver on the promise of design engagement as a tool in the fight for social justice?

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Barbara Brown Wilson

Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, UVA
Dr. Wilson’s research and teaching focus on sustainable community development, especially in economically and/or environmentally vulnerable communities, and on the history of urban social movements.

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Sarah Corlett

Director, Design Impact
Sarah Corlett specializes in community economic development and works with non-profits to apply creative, design based approaches when solving complicated social issues. In 2011, she joined ArtWorks in Cincinnati to develop, launch and manage ArtWorks’ business development program... Read More →
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Liz Ogbu

Founder + Principal, Studio O
I'm a designer, urbanist, and spatial justice activist. An architect by training, my passion is around engaging and transforming unjust urban environments. I work primarily with communities who have been marginalized, ignored or silenced, and I view my purpose as helping to shape... Read More →
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Dan Pitera

Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Dan Pitera is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Mr. Pitera holds the position that the future and sustainability of any neighborhood lies... Read More →


Katie Deal

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Lewis and Clark Room, Marriott Residence Inn Marriott Residence Inn 315 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903