2020 Design Futures Yearbook

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“I want to learn how to use my design skills to reform and recreate communities to abolish injustices.” - Brooke Manson (she/her/hers)

All forms of Justice are relevant to design because

Systems of Oppression are embedded into the built environment 2

- Musa Muhammad (he/him/his)

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Dear Design Futures 2020 Alumnx and Faculty, Deep gratitude for your presence, commitment, and engagement during this year’s virtual Design Futures Forum. It was truly a moving experience to connect with you all during this time of global rebellion, organizing, and dedication to confront and breakdown anti-Black racism and other systems of oppression in our everyday lives. Design Futures is a leadership development initiative designed to support you, us, the emerging and current leaders of communityengaged design. Our goal is to create a framework and way of thinking to support our work to dismantle systemic racism in the built environment, but also defend communities of Color, especially Black neighborhoods and use design to amplify the joy in every community. From our post-Forum survey, keywords that many described this year’s Design Futures Forum were: inspiring, empowered, enlightening, educational and motivational.


Participants shared that their favorite moments of the Forum were the times of connection, breakout discussions, and relationship building. Finding like-minded peers and educators was another highlight for many. The challenges were the virtual aspects of the Forum- limited time for unplanned conversations, long stretches in front of a screen, along with some discomfort in addressing personal issues in a design context. In the course of four days, the Design Futures community expanded and it’s rewarding to hear there were times of connection, contemplation, and the desire for more!

Theresa Hyuna Hwang she/her/hers theresa@deptofplaces.org @deptofplaces @theresahyuna As mentioned in Opening Circle, I have learned so much from Design Futures, made some of my most treasured friends and collaborators, but also felt a transformation internally, from small things like the voice inside my head and way I speak to myself, to how I shape my design practice to have impact on the world around me. Design Futures has also given me space to speak up, be seen, and be heard, validated and encouraged. It’s also a space where I have had to think twice, listen, allowed to make mistakes and recalibrate. I hope that this was a space where you found the same sentiment. I hope you continue to revisit the questions that Charlene Carruthers posed: Who am I? Who are my people? What are we fighting for? What are we building? Are we ready to win? The answers are always shifting, changing, transforming, as we are as individuals and a collective body. We hope that Design Futures was a space of deep thinking, reflection and stimulation, personal growth and external contribution. We hope you are looking at this moment of a global pandemic and global uprising to defend Black life. I hope you start to see yourself in this work, find a meaningful place in this work, have courage to contribute to this work. You are needed. Keep finding places where stretching your boundaries gives you butterflies. With love and care, The Design Futures team

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Dear Design Futures Participants,

Dear Design Futures Family,

While I had been looking forward to welcoming you to St. Louis with Ted Drewes and barbecue, a walk in Forest Park and visit to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art museum. I am encouraged that you are taking part in Design Futures online, as the conversations and lessons inspired by this Forum are absolutely critical at this moment.

Last spring, I had the chance to teach a class to first-year students called “Examining Law, Race, & Design: The St. Louis Story.” In this class, students examined how St. Louis has served as the focal point for some of the most important issues in our country’s long and still unfinished work towards racial equity. From Dred Scott to Shelley v. Kraemer to Ferguson, these stories are essential to understanding how divisive policies and systems are at the core of shaping many complex societal issues facing underserved communities, today.

The events of the past few months have cast an even brighter light on escalating police brutality, hate crimes, and gross economic and health inequities perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. As architects, artists, and designers, we have the power to bring people together, to create visual works that respond to the challenges of our time and incite change. Now more than ever, it is necessary to design cities, spaces, and policies that not only promote equity, but that actively deconstruct segregation and systems of oppression. Part of the mission of the Sam Fox School is to “create a more just, sustainable, humane, and beautiful world.” Being a part of programs like Design Futures helps us fulfill this mission. This is a time for action—and we all have both the power and responsibility to step forward. I am confident that as leaders in our fields you will create lasting change that will resonate into the future. Thank you for joining us, Carmon Colangelo

These are the same issues that Design Futures brings to light and equips you with tools to analyze, dismantle, and rebuild. Now is a pivotal time to reorient ourselves towards a racially just, equitable, and inclusive future and we must have designers at the table for these conversations. While we won’t be able to share and show you these experiences on the ground this year, please come back and visit us. We’d be happy to show you the sites, both celebratory and tragic, that are core to understanding this city and our country. Thank you, Penina Acayo Laker

Assistant Professor of Communication Design Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Washington University in St. Louis

Ralph J. Nagel Dean, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts Washington University in St. Louis 6

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CONTEXT OF ST. LOUIS The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis sees St. Louis as our home, and its complicated history and present-day context shape our work and experiences in the Sam Fox School. Our city faces challenges that are present across the United States, but it is vital to confront the historical roots of St. Louis’ specific legacies of racism, sexism, displacement, exclusion, and political division. Located on the nation’s most important interior waterway, St. Louis is at once a borderland, a commercial hub, a major point of transit, and a space of confluence and division. The city is part of the region historically inhabited by several native populations, initially the Mississippian mound-building culture, and, later, the Osage and the Illini, whose populations were driven out and destroyed in the 18th and 19th centuries by settler colonialism known as westward expansion. History has shaped our present context. Key events that have shaped our community include: the departure of Lewis and Clark, the Missouri Compromise, the Dred Scott trial, the 1904 World’s Fair and Olympics, women’s suffrage, Pruitt-Igoe’s construction and demolition, immigration, the Ferguson uprising, and more.


The consequences of institutionally sanctioned displacement and exclusion in St. Louis are felt in everyday inequities: in healthcare, education, nutrition, housing, public safety, the legal system, and other basic human rights. They are made manifest in events that make national headlines and in subtler, everyday offenses that escape public scrutiny. The Sam Fox School is committed to working with individuals, organizations, governments, and communities in the St. Louis region through our research, teaching, and practice, to address these pressing issues. We engage in the region through courses, research, and programs, many of which are supported by our Office for Socially Engaged Practice For more information about St. Louis, check out these reports and articles, or visit the slack channel #resources_stl. Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Towards Racial Equity For the Sake of All: A report on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide Equity Indicators Baseline Report (City of St. Louis)

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Design Futures Forum Staff Theresa Hwang (She/Her/Hers)

Penina Acayo Laker (She/Her/Hers)

Theresa Hyuna Hwang is a community-engaged architect, educator, and facilitator. She is the founder of Department of Places, a participatory design and community engagement practice based in Los Angeles, CA. She has spent over 14 years focused on equitable cultural and community development with multiple groups and campaigns. She is the Program Director of Design Futures.

Penina Acayo Laker is a graphic designer, researcher, and assistant professor of communication design at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and creative practice explore how human-centered design research methodologies can catalyze constructive solutions in response to complex social challenges facing communities in St. Louis and Uganda.

Rajan Hoyle (He/Him/His)

Liz Kramer runs the Office for Socially Engaged Practice, which bridges gaps between academia and the St. Louis community to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Liz is also the principal of Public Design Bureau, which helps people working for the public good by designing meaningful, human-centered processes.

Rajan Hoyle is a member of the Design Futures Advisory Board and a Graduate Student at MIT. His interests are at the intersection of ethnography, spatial analysis and participatory planning. Rajan has facilitated design workshops and research initiatives in Los Angeles, Houston and Mexico City among others on topics ranging from digital inclusion and park equity to transportation policy.

Design Futures Forum Advisory Board Elgin Cleckley, University of Virginia Christine Gaspar, Center for Urban Pedagogy Marc Norman, Ideas and Action, University of Michigan Liz Ogbu, Studio O Sarah Wu, University of Texas at Austin

Thank You to our Sponsors


Sam Fox School Team

Liz Kramer (She/Her/Hers)

Rachel Bennett (She/Her/Hers)

Rachel is a master’s student at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. She is pursuing a dual master’s in Architecture and Urban Design. Rachel has an interest in social, political, and racial issues within Urban environments. She has worked as an Intern for the Office Socially Engaged Practice, in addition to contributing to grant projects benefiting local St. Louis communities.

Shameen Akhtar (She/Her/Hers)

Shameen is a dual master’s in Architecture and Urban Design candidate at WashU’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. She has worked in the field of public interest design work at different engagement levels. Her interest lies at the intersection of architecture and social change and how it can address inequities. Design Futures | 2020


THURSDAY, JULY 16 *all times are noted in cst*




Opening Circle




Core 1: History and Context: Uncovering the (Racialized) History of Site, Places, and Neighborhoods

Theresa Hwang & Rajan Hoyle

#sesh_core1_historycontext_onthissite Bernadette Onyenaka & Jess Zimbabwe


Optional Small Groups

Design Futures Staff and Advisory Board

FRIDAY, JULY 17 *all times are noted in cst*


Core 2: Advancing a Just Design Future

Core 3: Privilege and Power and Positionality




What’s Health Got to do With It?


Optional University Small Groups

#sesh_core2_advancingajustdesignfuture Kiara Nagel & Rajan Hoyle

#sesh_core3_privilegepowerpositionality Liz Ogbu & Christine Gasper *students only*

#sesh_workshop_whatshealthgottodowithit Nupur Chaudhury, Molly Kaufman, Aubrey Murdock, Ayako Maruyama

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SATURDAY, JULY 18 *all times are noted in cst*


Core 2: Advancing a Just Design Future #sesh_core2_advancingajustdesignfuture Kiara Nagel & Rajan Hoyle

Core 3: Privilege and Power and Positionality

SUNDAY, JULY 19 *all times are noted in cst*


#sesh_workshop_equitybydesign Hilary Sedovic & Andra Lang


Black Affinity Lunch* or Lunch Break


Local Panel

*open to those who identify as Women of Color* Theresa Hwang



Ideas Arrangements Effects (IAE): Systems design and Social Justice


Collective Conversations, Closing Circle

#sesh_core3_privilegepowerpositionality Liz Ogbu & Christine Gasper *students only*

Faculty Conversation *faculty only*



Equity by Design: Engaging Humility for Power-shifting and Perspective Shaping

Women of Color Affinity Lunch* or Lunch Break

#sesh_workshop_ideasarrangementseffects Lori Lobenstine & Kenny Bailey

*open to those who identify as Black* Rajan Hoyle

Penina Acayo Laker, Julie N. Allen, Antionette Carroll, Melisa Sanders, Stefani Weeden-Smith will be livestreamed and open to the public

Theresa Hwang & Rajan Hoyle

Creating Strong Foundations

#sesh_workshop_creatingstrongfoundations Katryna Carter, Sophie Morley, Allie O’Neill





Keynote: De Nichols


Music Room + Game Night

will be livestreamed and open to the public

Elgin Cleckley & Rajan Hoyle

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Keynote: De Nichols

“Andra asked me,

WHO DO I DESIGN FOR?” - Torri Smith(she/her)


“I would like to learn from the experiences of others as well as find ways to uplift through the giving of space/listening and collaborating with those around you.” - Torri Smith(she/her)

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OUR CONSORTIUM! Arizona State University Carnegie Mellon University Tulane University University of Detroit Mercy University of Illinois University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Texas at Arlington University of Texas at Austin University of Utah University of Virginia Washington University in St. Louis


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Bernadette Onyenaka (she/her/hers) Bernadette Onyenaka principal and co-founder of the O&G Racial Equity Collaborative which provides equity centered consulting and capacity building services to public and private sector organizations.


The tools of segregation still haunt cities and towns across America. They lurk in the deeds of hundreds of thousands of homeowners living in neighborhoods in cities across the country that have underlying deeds that read “No person or persons of Asiatic, African or Negro blood, lineage, or extraction shall be permitted to occupy a portion of said property.” They linger in the monuments to and schools named after Confederate heroes. They remain in modern-day calcifications of redlining maps that directed investment away from whole sections of cities across the country.

Jess Zimbabwe (she/her/hers) Jess Zimbabwe is Principal of Plot Strategies. Previously, she led the Rose Center for Public Leadership and the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. She serves on the boards of Next City, the National Main Street Center, and Colloqate. She teaches urban planning at Georgetown University and the University of Washington.

Participants will learn about the history of race-based zoning, redlining, block-busting, racially restrictive covenants, and confederate monuments in American cities. They will also learn how to research specific events that may have taken place on or near a site, as well as public memorials and markers in a place. They will gain the skills to find records, such as historic newspaper reports, to get a better understanding of the history of racial segregation in their city or any other site where they are working. The tools students are learning in school look very similar to the tools used to build systems of oppression into our shared built environment, and exposing that racialized history is a precondition to using the tools of environmental design to build just cities, so candid reflections on this topic are needed. 20

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Kiara Nagel (she/her/hers)

This training should be a platform to create a shared definition and understanding around the concepts of oppression including racism, sexism, ableism, and classism. It should also explore how these methods of oppression intersect with each other and appear in everyday life from the personal experiences to institutionalized examples.

Kiara Nagel is a creative strategist with 20 years of experience building collaborative initiatives and supporting groups, organizations, and leaders to be more engaged, equitable, and effective in their work. Her practice operates from a commitment to dignity for all and a deep belief in people’s ability to come together to face challenges with creativity and playfulness to ultimately shape a more just and sustainable future. Kiara offers custom facilitation training, coaching, strategy and capacity building to a range of leaders and organizations in local, national and international networks. She is an Affiliate with Interaction Institute for Social Change and Associate with the Center for Story-based Strategy. Kiara holds a Masters in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

Participants should be able to identify how these oppressions manifest in the built environment and community-engaged design, and discuss tools to address and dismantle these issues to move towards justice and equity as outcomes.

Rajan Hoyle (he/him/his)


FRIDAY, JULY 17 - 1:30 to 3:30pm SATURDAY, JULY 18 - 11am to 12:30pm

Rajan Hoyle is a member of the Design Futures Advisory Board and a Graduate Student at MIT. His interests are at the intersection of ethnography, spatial analysis and participatory planning. Rajan has facilitated design workshops and research initiatives in Los Angeles, Houston and Mexico City among others on topics ranging from digital inclusion and park equity to transportation policy.


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CHRISTINE GASPER, LIZ OGBU, CLAIR BELTRAN FRIDAY, JULY 17 - 1:30 to 3:30pm SATURDAY, JULY 18 - 11am to 12:30pm This workshop will outline and collectively explore concepts of privilege and power and how these important ideas exist in community-engaged design. Participants will reflect on their own positionality, including their fragility and their privilege, and understand how these are fluid and complex in projects. Students will workshop tools around personal agency and how to leverage their power but also learn to identify fragility and how this can also impede projects.

Christine Gaspar (she/her/hers) Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New Yorkbased nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement in partnership with historically marginalized communities. Her 15+ years of work in community-engaged design draws on her degrees in architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, and her experience growing up in an immigrant family. She is on the board of Design Futures.

Clair Beltran (she/her/hers) Clair Beltran is a Program Coordinator at the Center for Urban Pedagogy. Outside of work, she is involved in organizing with a grassroots collective of queer Filipinos based in New York City. She graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Architecture.

Liz Ogbu (she/her/hers) A designer, urbanist, and spatial justice activist, Liz is an expert on engaging and transforming unjust urban environments. Her multidisciplinary design practice, Studio O, operates at the intersection of racial and spatial justice. Among her honors, she’s a TEDWomen speaker, Public Interest Design’s Top 100, and Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. 24

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Nupur Chaudhury (she/her/hers)



Nupur Chaudhury works to develop and implement strategies to support residents, communities, and neighborhoods challenge power structures to build just, strong, equitable cities. Trained in Urban Planning and Public Health, she’s led coalition building efforts after Superstorm Sandy, redeveloped power structures in villages in India, and developed a citizen planning institute for public housing residents in Brooklyn.The American Journal of Public Health, CityLab and NPR have all featured her work.

Ayako Maruyama (she/her/hers) Cities embody the powerful interaction of people and the communities they live, work, and play in. Our neighborhoods are shaped by planners and designers creatively thinking about streets, parks, and job. However, public health also plays a role. We see community design as an approach to address complex health challenges not only in our neighborhoods and cities, but also with the potential to have broad impacts on social equity. This course explores opportunities for urban and health experts to work together in shaping the future of community design. We will learn about health, the fight for health equity, and the role of planners, designers and architects in the fight for healthier cities.

Ayako Maruyama is a Filipina-Japanese designer, educator and illustrator. She spends energy thinking about people, art, public-engagement, biking, urbanism, and community connectivity across thresholds. As part of the Design Studio for Social Intervention, Ayako Maruyama co-authored and co-illustrated the recently published book, Ideas Arrangements Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice.

Aubrey Murdock (she/her or they/them) Aubrey Murdock is an artist and urbanist based in Orange, NJ. Murdock is the Co-Director and Design Lead for University of Orange, a free people’s urbanism school. Her interdisciplinary art practice scrutinizes the phrase “there is nothing there” and the role this myth plays in structures of inequity.

Molly Rose Kaufman (she/her/hers)


Molly Rose Kaufman is the Co-Director and Provost of the University of Orange, a free school of urbanism in Orange, NJ. UofO builds collective capacity for our friends, neighbors, and partners to cultivate a just and equitable city. 27 Design Futures | 2020



Ideas are embedded in social arrangements, which in turn produce effects. This simple premise is at the heart of DS4SI’s upcoming book, Ideas-Arrangements-Effects, as well as this radically accessible systems design workshop. Together participants will explore arrangements as a rich and overlooked terrain for social justice and world building, unpacking how ideas like racism and sexism remain sturdy by embedding themselves in everything from the built environment to the social infrastructures of education, community engagement and even everyday speech and thought habits. DS4SI’s workshop will engage participants in the challenges of sensing and intervening in the many overlapping arrangements that make up everyday life, as well as imagining new, more just and vibrant ones.


Lori Lobenstine (she/her/hers) At DS4SI, Lori Lobenstine has helped design social interventions such as Public Kitchen and Social Emergency Response Center (SERC), as well as engaging the public through creative placemaking. Her new book (co-authored with DS4SI) is Ideas Arrangements Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice (Minor Compositions, 2020).

Kenneth Bailey (he/him/his) Bailey is the co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention (ds4si). His interests focus on the research and development of design tools for marginalized communities to address complex social issues. With over three decades of experience in community practice, Bailey brings a unique perspective on the ethics of design in relation to community engagement, the arts and cultural action. Projects he has produced at ds4si include Action Lab (2012- 2014), Public Kitchen (2011-2018), Social Emergency Response Center (SERC) (2018) and People’s Redevelopment Authority (2018).

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Community design projects are successful only as successful as the partnerships that gave rise to the work. Strong partnerships value community time and expertise as equal to technical design support and are the foundation for safe and trusted design processes. Our workshop will focus on the close work we do with groups to understand what they need and want from a project, their current and future capacity, and their connection to the wider community. Building trust, respecting difference, and active listening are key to the success of these partnerships as well as addressing power dynamics and positions of privilege. This workshop will share a process, including tools and methods, for creating equitable partnerships and articulating clear goals for community design projects that are rooted in elevating marginalized voices and challenging systems of oppression.


Katryna Carter (she/her/hers) Katryna heads the NDC Baltimore office’s Community Design Works program. She is an experienced project manager with a background in and passion for using design and creative placemaking in service of social change. Katryna joined NDC after working with the National Endowment for the Arts on their How to do Creative Placemaking and Creativity Connects publications. She has more than a decade of design experience, working across non-profit, commercial and government sectors. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Howard University and Masters in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Sophie Morley (she/her/hers) Sophie Morley is an architect and project coordinator at the Neighborhood Design Center providing design services to community based organizations in Maryland. Since 2010 she has worked with the architecture charity Architecture sans Frontiéres UK leading projects in London and West Africa. She has taught architecture at several UK universities and her teaching focuses on equitable practice and social justice in the built environment.

Allie O’Neill (she/her/hers)

Allie believes in the role of participatory design to embolden people, shape lives, and foster neighborhood self-determination. She supports locally-driven initiatives as a Program Manager at the Neighborhood Design Center in Prince George’s County, Maryland and serves on the Association for Community Design Board of Directors. Design Futures | 2020




SUNDAY, JULY 19 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

How might we design more equitable communities and systems through the lens of personal and organizational humility-building rather than relying on empathy alone? How have our perspectives been shaped by the various environments and influences with which we’ve interacted throughout our lives? What are the roles of power and vulnerability in design? In this interactive introductory workshop, participants will learn about and apply award-winning Equity-Centered Community Design strategies to examine how their own identities, power, and perspectives shape design and decisionmaking and begin to develop the personal foundation for becoming a new type of civic leader: a Redesigner for Justice.


Hilary Sedovic (she/her/hers) Hilary Sedovic (Learning & Education Manager at Creative Reaction Lab) is a social work professional passionate about supporting the co-creation of interventions that will promote equitable community outcomes through systems change. Dedicated to curiosity and growth mindset, you can often find her pointing at things and asking, “Why?” or “Could you say more about that?”

Andra Lang (he/him/his) Creative Reaction Lab Youth Co-facilitator and Youth Presenter

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SICK AND TIRED: REFLECTIONS ON DESIGN, ILLNESS, AND THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE DE NICHOLS FRIDAY, JULY 18 - 4:00 to 5:30pm live streamed to the public Designer and social worker, De Nichols, will capstone Design Futures with a reflective talk about sustaining personal and collective wellbeing in the fight for racial healing and justice. Beginning with a poetic synthesis of conference themes, De will share lessons from her challenges of navigating design projects with a chronic illness. She will interweave additional insights to assess the collective trauma of our current moment and propose a set of provocations that designers might consider as we design toward a more just and healthy future. De Nichols (she/her/hers) De Nichols is a designer, social entrepreneur, and keynote lecturer addressing issues within the built environment through the production of interactive experiences, digital media, and social initiatives. She is currently a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


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Penina Acayo Laker (she/her/hers)




Moderated by


Stefani Weeden-Smith (she/her/hers) Stefani Weeden-Smith is the assistant director for community engagement at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. She is involved in developing and sustaining community partnerships throughout Washington University. She leads the strategy and vision to enhance the University’s effectiveness and reputation based on community engagement models that are responsive, sensitive, sustainable, and responsible. Weeden-Smith has been at the University since August 2016 and began her relationship with the Gephardt Institute as an active community partner on several projects in 2012. A St. Louis native, she grew up in Ferguson and now lives in Tower Grove East, and loves to get to know her neighbors by sharing a meal at the various South Grand restaurants.

Penina Acayo Laker is a graphic designer, researcher, and assistant professor of communication design at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and creative practice explore how human-centered design research methodologies can catalyze constructive solutions in response to complex social challenges facing communities in St. Louis and Uganda.

Julia N. Allen (she/her/hers) Julia N. Allen is a 2010 graduate of the Brown School of Social Work. She is the recipient of the 2018 Eddie Mae Binion Southside Welfare Rights Organization Humanitarian Award. Most recently, she graduated from the 2019-2020 cohort of the Neighborhood Leadership Program. She has been an advocate for the underserved and underrepresented in her community for many years. In 2018, Allen, Thomasina Clarke, and Aaron Williams founded 4theVille, a community-based tourism and arts organization, in an effort to bring attention to the historic significance of preserving the cultural history of the Ville Neighborhood, a historic African American community.

Antionette Carroll (she/her/hers) Antionette Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab. Antionette has pioneered Equity-Centered Community Design (a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist). Antionette has received several recognitions and awards including being named an ADL and Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow, Roddenberry Fellow, Echoing Green Global Fellow, and TED Fellow.

Melisa Sanders (she/her/hers) Melisa Sanders is a St. Louis designer who in 2019 founded BlackArc, a multi-scalar design collaborative focusing on racial, economic, and social equity as a catalyst for community design. Her practice centers on using experiences with discrimination/bias in the field of architecture to un-design systems of inequity within the built environment. 37 Design Futures | 2020



Bernadette Onyenaka she/her/hers onyenakab@gmail. com @districtNadette

Christine Gaspar she/her/hers christine@ welcometocup.org

Ayako Maruyama she/her/hers yamayako@gmail. com

Kenneth Bailey he/him/his ds4sikb@gmail.com

Jess Zimbabwe she/her/hers jess@plotstrategies. com

Clair Beltran she/her/hers clair@welcometocup. org

Aubrey Murdock she/her/they/them aubrey.jn.murdock@ gmail.com

Katryna Carter she/her/hers kcarter@ndc-md.org

Kiara Nagel she/her/hers kiaranagel@gmail. com

Liz Ogbu she/her/hers liz@lizogbu.com @lizogbu

Molly Rose Kaufman she/her/hers molly.rose.kaufman@ gmail.com

Sophie Morley she/her/hers smorley@ndc-md.org

Rajan Hoyle he/him/his rajanhoyle@gmail. com

Nupur Chaudhury she/her/hers nupur.chaudhury@ gmail.com

Lori Lobenstine she/her/hers lori@ds4si.org

Allie O’Neill she/her/hers aoneill@ndc-md.org

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Hilary Sedovic she/her/hers hsedovic@ creativereactionlab. com

Antionette D Carroll she/her/hers acarroll@ creativereactionlab. com

Andra Lang he/him/his andralang14@gmail. com

Melisa Sanders she/her/hers Melisa@ MelisaAngelein.com

Penina Acayo Laker she/her/hers p.acayo@wustl.edu

Julia N. Allen she/her/hers

“I want to be intentional about how and who I collaborate with. I need support through constantly learning and growing, never being complacent.” - Serena Brewer (she/her)





Caroline Abel she/her/hers University of Virginia ca4ve@virginia.edu

Anna Kathryn Becker she/her/hers Tulane University abecker3@tulane.edu

Serena Brewer she/her/hers University of Michigan sbrew@umich.edu

Seyoung Choo she/her/hers Carnegie Mellon University seyoungc@andrew. cmu.edu

Efrain Araujo he/him/his University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earauj2@illinois.edu

Shandra BernathPlaisted she/her/hers University of Michigan shandra@umich.edu

Tessa Broek she/her/hers University of Michigan tbroek@umich.edu

Ever Clinton she/her/hers Carnegie Mellon University eclinton@andrew. cmu.edu

Sarah Auches she/her/hers Washington University in St. Louis sauches@wustl.edu

Claudia Grisales Bohórquez she/her/hers University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign clg3@illinois.edu

Chante Burch she/her/hers University of Utah u0936465@umail. utah.edu

Griffin Daly he/him/his Tulane University gdaly@tulane.edu

Hannah Kline Bartels she/her/hers Tulane University hbartels@tulane.edu

Eda Bozkurt she/her/hers University of Michigan ebozkurt@umich.edu

Anna Carl she/her/hers University of Michigan annatca@umich.edu

Alexis Davis she/her/hers University of Detroit Mercy davisal8@udmercy.edu

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Rachael Dietkus she/her/hers University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dietkus2@illinois.edu

Emma Galligan she/her/hers Arizona State University egalliga@asu.edu

Bethany Gordon she/her/hers University of Virginia bmg6bt@virginia.edu

Amanda Im she/her/hers Washington University in St. Louis seyoungc@andrew. cmu.edu

Laura Estrada she/her/hers University of Utah estradalrh@gmail. com

Malick Gaye he/him/his Arizona State University mgaye1@asu.edu

Jane Gormley she/her/hers Washington University in St. Louis jane.gormley@wustl. edu

Gwendolyn Isokpan University of Texas at Arlington gwendolyn.isokpan@ mavs.uta.edu

Benjamin Fife he/him/his University of Minnesota fifex018@umn.edu

Rachel Getliffe she/her/hers getlifra@udmercy. edu getlifra@udmercy. edu

Hassan Haltam he/him/his University of Texas at Arlington hassan.haltam@ mavs.uta.edu

Franny Kyle she/her/hers University of Texas at Austin fjkyle@utexas.edu

Yolanda GallegoRector she/her/hers Arizona State University yrector@asu.edu

Jacob A Gianni he/him/his University of Virginia jag5qtg@virginia.edu

Veronica Hernandez she/her/hers Carnegie Mellon University vhernand@andrew. cmu.edu

Katie Larsen she/her/hers University of Utah u1104022@umail.utah. edu

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Taylor Latimer she/her/hers Carnegie Mellon University til@andrew.cmu.edu

Oscar Martinez he/him/his University of Michigan oemart@umich.edu

Musa Muhammad he/his/him University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign mamuham2@illinois. edu

Nyvey Perryman she/her/hers University of Detroit Mercy perrymna@udmercy. edu

Jamie Lee he/him/his University of Michigan lejamie@umich.edu

Iran E Mejia he/him/his University of Texas at Arlington iran.mejia@mavs.uta. edu

Maria Noga she/her/hers University of Minnesota nogax007@umn.edu

Rachel Peterson she/her/hers University of Minnesota pet02791@umn.edu

Teddy Levy he/him/his Washington University in St. Louis t.levy@wustl.edu

Amir Mirza he/him/his University of Texas at Austin amirmirza@utexas. edu

Temi Osanyintolu she/her/her University of Texas at Austin tosanyintolu@utexas. edu

Andrea Polk she/her/hers University of Minnesota polkx044@umn.edu

Brooke Manson she/her/hers University of Utah brooke.manson@ yahoo.com

Patricia Moriel she/her/hers University of Texas at Arlington patricia.moriel@mavs. uta.edu

Oriana Gil Perez they/them/theirs Arizona State University ogilpere@asu.edu

Makayla Ponce she/her/hers University of Texas at Austin makap1997@utexas.edu

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Maria-Emilia Proano she/her/hers University of Virginia mp4hy@virginia.edu

Malaika Spencer she/her/hers University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign mspenc7@illinois.edu

Taylor Tomman she/her/hers University of Detroit Mercy tlt0518@hotmail.com

Maddison Wells she/her/hers Tulane University mwells9@tulane.edu

Shariq M. Shah he/him/his Carnegie Mellon University shariqs@andrew.cmu. edu

Jodwin Surio he/him/his University of Texas at Arlington jodwin.surio@mavs. uta.edu

Prescott Trudeau he/him/his University of Michigan ptrudeau@umich.edu

Samuel Wiesenberg he/him/his University of Utah wiesenberg.samuel@ gmail.com

Kelsey Smith she/her/hers University of Virginia kas9kz@virginia.edu

Neteya Tavernier she/her/hers University of Detroit Mercy tavernne@udmercy. edu

Ayesha Wahid she/her/hers University of Michigan aawahid@umich.edu

Jorge Zapata he/him/his University of Texas at Austin jorgezapata@utexas. edu

Torri Smith she/her/hers University of Michigan smtorri@umich.edu

Katharina Tomisato she/her/hers Tulane University ktomisato@tulane. edu

Shuyan Wang she/her/hers Washington University in St. Louis wangshuyan@wustl. edu

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“I want to be intentional with my voice and speaking up for those who cannot, making space for them, and holding those above me to high standards, even in times where it is uncomfortable to me.” - Ray Cabrera (he/him)


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