The AIA has announced the 24 social impact architects selected to participate in the AIA Design Justice Summit. The Summit will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 21-23, 2018.
One of the 24 architects chosen to participate is our own Ashley Sadowski, Senior Architect at Odimo. She has worked on a variety of community development projects including ULI’s Technical Assistance Panels, the development of the Community KC mobile app, the creation of KCMO’s Neighborhood Action Plans, and the facilitation of the Troost Corridor Design Standards. Ashley’s diverse experience in architecture and urban design coupled with her passion for community development make her perfectly suited to represent Kansas City at the Summit this fall.
Objectives of the Summit include:
- Develop an understanding of the Design Justice movement model, theories of social change, and how to work alongside community-led efforts for systemic change.
- Examine privilege and racial bias, and how that can impact a designers approach and analysis to their work.
- Increase awareness of structural inequity and how it manifests in design practice, policies, and institutions that deeply impact communities.
- Analyze the extent to which the environment designers are working within promote equity and engage in Design Justice work.
- Discuss Design Justice opportunities and challenges taking place at the national and local levels.
- Understand how to facilitate a Design Justice framework into current efforts and orient work toward creating justice.
Of her selection to the Summit, Sadowski says, “I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside such talented individuals, and I look forward to bringing what I learned back to the Kansas City Community.” Congratulations Ashley, and thank you for representing our community!