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Acknowledgements Host: Thomas Fisher Host Committee: Abimbola Asojo, Missy Bye, Renee Cheng, Kamana Dhakhwa, Claire Lonsbury, Kristine Miller, Virajita Singh, Becky Yust, Julian Marshall Chair: John Cary Editorial, Research, & Production: Gilad Meron Administration: Paige Rohman Communications: Trevor Miller Special Projects: Kamren Kubesh Planning: Brooke Jones, Lisa Rayberg, Nella Young Graphics: Megan Jett Spiritual Guides: Monica Chadha, Courtney Martin, Katie Swenson

Contents Welcome to the University of Minnesota


Vision for Public Interest Design Week


Partner Profiles


Overview of Programming


Program Descriptions



Shelter: connect, Day 1 Evening Films

6 7


Shelter: connect, Day 2 Public Interest Design Institute, Day 1 Affordable Housing Design Forum Michael Kimmelman Keynote

8 10 13


Public Interest Design Institute, Day 2 Go Local Workshops Liz Ogbu Keynote

9 14 15


Structures for Inclusion Conference Krista Donaldson Keynote William Kamkwamba Keynote Reception, Book Signing, & Film Screenings

16 18 30 31


SFI Workshops Iconathon

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Enterprise Rose Fellow Bios


Staff Bios




Sponsor Profiles


Welcome In what may be the largest collection of people involved in public interest design ever to assemble over the course of one week in one place, I want to welcome you to the College of Design and the University of Minnesota! Many people have helped make this week happen, but I especially want to thank research fellow John Cary of, who has done great work putting this week together and raising money to make it affordable to attend. I also want to thank you – our attendees – for joining us this week. Your interest, energy, and enthusiasm for this growing field makes such gatherings so valuable, since your conversations during breaks will contribute as much to our collective learning as the presentations of our speakers. This week also marks a watershed for our College of Design. Our faculty, students, and staff have done public interest design work for years in such far-flung places at Malawi, Haiti, Tanzania, India, Zanzibar, and Kiribati as well as places closer to home, like post-Katrina New Orleans and Biloxi. But with financial support from the University, we have begun to develop a public interest design program that will likely have both in-person and online components. We see this field as a kind of public health version of the traditional design disciplines, making our skills available to billions of people who have the need, but not the ability to pay for design services. And, like public health, we also see this field representing a new kind of partnership between research universities and practitioners in the field, and a new kind of career path in which those who pursue it can make a good living doing good. So we hope this week also represents a watershed for you, our attendees. Your being here will help us all bring this new field into being. Thomas Fisher Dean, College of Design

Thomas Fisher is a Professor of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota as well as past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. His recent books include Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design and Ethics for Architects: 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice.


Vision While the mainstream architecture and design professions – as well as the clients they serve – are notoriously exclusive and homogenous, a diverse array of leaders are at the helm of a more inclusive practice at the intersection of design and service. Drawing parallels with the fields of public interest law and public health, the fast-growing public interest design movement takes a human-centered approach, focused on projects and people long un-served by good design. If you’re reading these words, you are part of this movement, this emerging field, and this special week of events. Our headline event, of course, is the annual Structures for Inclusion conference, started 13 years ago by nonprofit Design Corps to help architecture students and young architects navigate what was once an entirely uncertain career path of service. A sign of how public interest design has evolved, both Structures for Inclusion and this week will take a far broader view of design – of products, of environments, and of systems or services – than has historically been the case. None of this would be possible without the vision and unmatched leadership Dean Thomas Fisher and his hard-working team at the College of Design. We are also deeply indebted to our generous sponsors, including: Autodesk, The Curry Stone Design Prize, Enterprise Community Partners, Humanscale, J&J Industries, The McKnight Foundation, Reed Construction Data, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Surdna Foundation. We’d like to also thank the many entities that have helped spread the word, including Architectural Record, Architizer, DesignObserver, and its powerful HCD Connect network, GOOD Magazine, Places Journal, TED, and many others. Finally, thank you all for being part of this momentous occasion. John Cary Chair, Public Interest Design Week

John Cary is founding editor of and a research fellow within the University of Minnesota College of Design. By day, he is a strategic advisor to The Aspen Institute, Autodesk, TED, and other clients. His writing has appeared recently in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and, among other publications.


Partners The University of Minnesota College of Design is home to 7 undergraduate majors, 19 graduate degree programs, 10 research and outreach centers, and the Goldstein Museum of Design. The College is committed to training students to employ socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design to address real world problems. is a communications hub, connector, and curator for the growing movement and field at the intersection of design and social justice. Its efforts work to increase communication, cooperation, collaboration, and resource-sharing within the field. Enterprise Community Partners is a charitable organization that provides expertise for affordable housing and sustainable communities across the U.S. Its National Design Initiatives train future leaders in affordable housing and work to assist communities and developers. Design Corps is a nonprofit established to create positive change in lowincome communities by providing architecture and planning services. It founded the Structures for Inclusion conference and Public Interest Design Institute, while managing the SEED Network, the SEED Awards, and SEEDocs. The SEED Network is comprised of individuals and organizations dedicated to a culture of civic responsibility and engagement in the built environment and the public realm. SEED forms the basis for the Public Interest Design Institute, and SEED Awards are at the core of the Structures for Inclusion conference. The Shelter Media Project highlights the social change-making role of designers, architects, and engineers. By telling their stories, the intent is to present students and professionals with the opportunity to become inspired to make positive change in the world using design. The Noun Project is building a global visual language, enabling everyone to visually communicate. The Noun Project partners with organizations and sponsors across the country to host Iconathons, which are workshops that develop new suites of icons for in its visual library.


Overview The purpose of Public Interest Design Week is to unite an array of people and groups working at the intersection of design and service. Together, over five short days, we’ll reflect on the state of the public interest design field, imagine a vision for the future, and hone the skills needed to make that vision a reality. Shelter: connect workshop, led by filmmakers Richard Neill and Lee Schneider of the Shelter Media Project, will build participants’ digital storytelling skills. Public Interest Design Institute (PIDI), led by Bryan Bell of Design Corps, will employ the Harvard Case Method to showcase projects that exemplify the Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) principles. Affordable Housing Design Forum, led by Katie Swenson of Enterprise Community Partners, will convene leaders on the frontlines of affordable housing design and community development. Structures for Inclusion (SFI) conference, chaired this year by John Cary, will feature presentations and discussions about products, places, and processes designed or redesigned for the public good. Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Awards presentations during Structures for Inclusion will recognize and showcase six finalist projects from Kenya, Indonesia, Sudan, and several states within the U.S. Iconathon, a design hackathon of sorts, led by Sofya Polyakov and Edward Boatman of The Noun Project, will add to the public domain symbols to represent the growing organics recycling movement.


Wed. + Thurs. 9am-5pm 56 Rapson Hall

Shelter: connect During this two-day, highly-interactive, handson workshop, participants will develop and hone their digital media and storytelling skills — two historically underrepresented aspects of design education and training. Richard Neill is director of Adventure Pictures, a media production company based in San Francisco. He has produced and shot specials for National Geographic Television, PBS, and Discovery Networks, as well as short films and educational media projects for nonprofits such as Public Architecture, the Center for Architecture & Design, Lemelson Foundation, and the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. Lee Schneider is the founder and creative director of Red Cup, an agency that uses digital media to build online movements. He is the founder of DocuCinema, a production company that creates content, apps, and media to help people collaborate. He has produced, written, directed, and edited documentaries for The History Channel, The Learning Channel, Food Network, A&E, and others. Together, Neill and Schneider are co-directors of The Shelter Media Project, a chronicle of public interest design.


Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm

Rapson Hall Auditorium

Film Screenings We are honored to offer sneak peek screenings of two feature documentary films debuting later this year. Both uniquely focus on cohorts of design students in their bid to make the world a better place. Introductory Remarks John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week EXTREME BY DESIGN, an hour-long documentary airing in primetime nationally on PBS in 2013, follows a band of Stanford students from its Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course, who design and build products to solve seemingly intractable problems for the world’s poor. The film is produced and co-directed by Ralph King of Hawkview Pictures. IF YOU BUILD IT, making its world premiere next month at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms. Designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller of Project H Design, together with their high school students, unleash the power of humanitarian design to help their struggling community in rural North Carolina. The film is directed and produced by O’Malley Creadon Productions.


Thursday 9am-5pm 31 Rapson Hall

Public Interest Design Institute During this two-day training program, participants will hear in-depth case studies and best practices from the six honoree teams of the 2013 Social/ Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Awards. 9am Lecture: Introduction to Public Interest Design 9:30–10:15am Latrobe Prize Research 10:15–10:45am Break 10:45am–12pm SEED Award Case Presentation: SAGE Classroom 12–1:15pm Lunch break 1:15–2:30pm SEED Award Case Presentation: Firm Foundation 2:30–2:45pm PID Instiitue Break 2:45–4pm SEED Award Case Presentation: Maa-bara 4–5pm Case Presentation: Detroit Collaborative Design Center


Friday 9am-5pm

31 Rapson Hall

9–9:30am Introduction: The SEED Process 9:30-10:45am SEED Award Presentation: South Sudan Jalle Peace School 10:45-11am Break 11am–12:15pm SEED Award Presentation: The Rosa F Keller Building 12:15–1:30pm Lunch on your own 1:30–2:45pm Case Presentation: Migrant Housing 2:45–3pm Break 3–3:30pm Case Presentation: Careers of Enterprise Rose Fellows 3:30–4pm Discussion: Facilitated by Bryan Bell 4–5pm SEED Certification Exam 5–7pm Dinner on your own Note: Detailed handbook, agenda, and speaker bios provided for Public Interest Design Institute registrants.


Thursday 12:30-4:30pm 130 Murphy Hall

Affordable Housing Design Forum This special forum — addressing the theme Design for Impact: Leveraging Investments in Community Development — will convene local and national leaders in affordable housing development to focus on innovative finance, policy, and design solutions for community developers. This event will provide a case study forum that connects experts across disciplines to engage in creative problem solving around specific projects and challenges. Local professionals in community development will be joined by Enterprise leadership and Rose Architectural Fellows to foster innovation and harness design to create long-lasting, quality affordable housing. The featured case study, presented by The Cornerstone Group, will redevelop a key parcel adjacent to the future Central Corridor Light Rail Station into mixed-income housing that will contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant four-block station area.


12:30pm Welcome by Katie Swenson, Enterprise Community Partners 12:45pm: Topic Presentations Shifting the “Green� Paradigm: Looking towards the next generation of green affordable housing Gina Ciganik, Aeon Tom Osdoba, Enterprise Green Communities 1:15pm Local Development Project : Presentation & Discussion Part 1 Beth Pfeifer, The Cornerstone Group 2:15pm Break 2:30pm: Topic Presentations The State of Housing Finance Policy: Understanding the current climate and way forward for affordable housing policy and financing Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Scott Hoekman, Enterprise Community Investment 3pm Local Development Project: Presentation & Discussion Part 2 4pm Facilitated Summary Discussion 4:30pm Wrap Up 5pm Reception (Rapson Hall)


Thursday 5-6pm

Rapson Hall HGA Gallery

Reception Hosted by Enterprise Community Partners Enterprise Community Partners is a charitable organization that provides expertise for affordable housing and sustainable communities across the U.S. Its National Design Initiatives include the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute, and Pre-Development Design Grants.

Katie Swenson is the Vice President of National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, directing the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute as well as the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, which nurtures a new generation of community architects through hands-on experience and high-impact projects.



Rapson Hall Auditorium

Keynote: Michael Kimmelman From his debut article as architecture critic of The New York Times — a cover story profiling the Via Verde housing development in the South Bronx, no less — Michael Kimmelman has been an unwavering advocate for design that improves the human condition, in New York and well beyond. This is a unique opportunity to hear him speak. Introductory Remarks John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week Katie Swenson, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners Thomas Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design

Michael Kimmelman is an author, critic, columnist, and pianist, who serves as architecture critic for The New York Times. His writing of late focuses on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development, and social responsibility. Previously, Michael was the paper’s longtime chief art critic and creator of the “Abroad” column, covering culture, political and social affairs across Europe and around the world.


Friday 1:30-5pm

56 Rapson Hall

Go Local Workshops This two-part workshop, exploring urban and rural public interest design within and around the Twin Cities as well as across the country, will foster discussion among local design leaders, current Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows, and Public Interest Design Week attendees. Topics to be discussed during the urban session include: infrastructure planning; community engagement; green/blue infrastructure (parks and water sheds); inter-cultural place making; transit equity; changing populations; neighborhood revitalization; and lifestyle changes. Within the rural session, topics will include: shared human, animal, and environmental wellness; agricultural worker housing; manufactured housing alternatives; design thinking as problem solving; changing populations; interface of the rural and urban edge, conceptualizing rural and urban; agricultural safety; and managing coming change.



Rapson Hall Auditorium

Keynote: Liz Ogbu Drawing on her pioneering work with nonprofit Public Architecture to serving as a member of the inaugural class of fellows, Liz Ogbu will discuss how her extensive environmental design work and background has paved the way for her more recent shift into systems design. Introductory Remarks Thomas Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week Laura Marlow, Reed Construction Data

Laura Marlow is the Director for Source Strategy & Partnerships at Reed Construction Data, where she is responsible for creating partnerships that create mutual value and open doors to product manufacturers and data sources.

Liz Ogbu is a scholar in residence at the Center for Art & Public Life within the California College of the Arts. An awardwinning designer, social innovator, consultant, and academic, Liz is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of engagement in public interest design.


Saturday 9am-6:15pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Structures for Inclusion 13 Now in its thirteenth year, the international Structures for Inclusion (SFI) conference is one of the premiere gatherings of students, professionals, and funders working at the intersection of design and service. This year’s SFI conference theme is “Dignifying Design.” “This new breed of public interest designers proceeds from a belief that everybody deserves good design, whether in a prescription bottle label that people can more easily read and understand, a beautiful pocket park to help a city breathe or a less stressful intake experience at the emergency room. Dignity may be to the burgeoning field of public interest design as justice is to the more established public-interest law...When faced with a poorly considered, dehumanizing product — be it a dingy women’s center, a mountain of unnecessary bureaucracy or assembly instructions for a new product that make you feel inept — it is a failure of design. The bad news is that no country, rich or poor, is immune to bad design; the good news is that we can all learn from one another. But we have to advocate for it and many of us, until now, simply haven’t realized that we deserve better. We couldn’t imagine the alternative. But once you see what good design can do, once you experience it, you can’t unsee it or unexperience it. It becomes a part of your possible. The public interest design movement is counting on it.” John Cary & Courtney E. Martin “Dignifying Design,” The New York Times



SFI Opening Remarks Raymond Dehn is a newly-elected member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, which includes much of downtown Minneapolis, the North Loop, and Elliot Park neighborhoods, a portion of Bryn Mawr, and the southern portion of North Minneapolis. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota, Rep. Dehn has twice served on the national board of the AIA, the board of ADPSR, and as president of the AIAS.

Thomas Fisher is a professor of architecture and the Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota as well as past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. His recent books include Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design, The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela, and Ethics for Architects: 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice.

Bryan Bell is executive director of Design Corps, a nonprofit organization that he founded in 1991. He directs Design Corps’ Public Interest Design Institute training program focused on Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED). He is the editor of two collections of essays on community design, most recently co-editing Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism.


Saturday 9:20-10:05am

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

SFI Opening Keynote: Krista Donaldson Acclaimed innovator and CEO of nonprofit product development company D-Rev: Design Revolution, just named one of “The 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World� by Fast Company, Krista Donaldson will provide unique insights into designing for people living on less than $4 a day. Introductory Remarks John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week

Krista Donaldson is the CEO of D-Rev: Design Revolution, a nonprofit product development company with the mission of improving the health and incomes of people living on less than $4 per day. At D-Rev, she has managed the development and scaling of Brilliance, a device to treat babies with severe jaundice, and the ReMotion Jaipur Knee, a low-cost prosthetic knee. Krista is a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( at Stanford University.



SFI Panel 1: SEED Award Presentations The annual SEED Awards, selected by a distinguished jury, celebrate excellence in social, economic, and environmental design. This session will showcase this year’s three honorees working domestically, here in the U.S. “These projects offer tangible evidence of how design can effectively address the most critical issues, not just the environment but the biggest social and economic challenges. Through thoughtful collaboration, each project team carefully identified a community’s needs and priorities by working directly with the community, then maximized the use of resources to strategically address the critical issues. In the winning projects, multiple issues were addressed by the design response to maximize positive impact of a single project.” Bryan Bell, Design Corps


Saturday 10:30-12pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

SEED Award Presentation: Puyallup Longhouse The Puyallup Longhouse was designed with the goal of creating a community center and beautiful, relevant, and affordable housing for members of the Puyallup Tribe struggling with the challenges of increased urbanization, high unemployment, and low income. The design embraces the tribe’s culture and follows the concept of traditional longhouses. Location: Tacoma, Washington, Puyallup Tribal Reservation Team: Environmental Works Community Design Center, Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority, Malsam Tsang Engineering Corporation, Haozous Engineering, Thomas Rengstorf & Associates, Ecotope, Travis, Fitzmaurice & Associates, Marpac Construction, Common Ground, O’Brien & Company Issues Addressed: Cultural heritage, affordable housing, strengthening community, alternative energy, sustainability

Rachel Minnery is an architect with Environmental Works, a nonprofit community design center. Rachel has worked with both the public and private sector on building and planning projects focusing on environmentally and socially responsible design for campuses and housing, commercial, healthcare and education projects.


SEED Award Presentation: Rosa F. Keller Building New Orleans’ first supportive housing project, the Rosa F. Keller Building addresses the need for mixed income permanent housing as an option for the city’s most vulnerable homeless as well as for lower-income working people seeking safe and affordable places to live. The 60-unit energy efficient building includes onsite supportive service offices as well as a gym, computer room, multi-purpose community room, and a courtyard garden. Location: New Orleans, Louisiana Team: Community Solutions, HCI Architecture, Inc., UNITY of Greater New Orleans, HRI Properties Issues Addressed: Disaster (long-term recovery); health; homeless and permanent housing/shelter Nadine Maleh is the Director of Creating Homes for Community Solutions, where she is responsible for the development of supportive housing and community development through local partnerships. She has been responsible for overseeing the development of over 1,000 units of affordable housing. Nadine is a graduate of Tufts University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Saturday 10:30-12pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

SEED Award Presentation: SAGE Modular Classrooms The SAGE Affordable Green Modular Classrooms address the need for a “healthier” version of the modular classroom which has become standard in over-populated school districts – and tackle the issue of making green design affordable. Location: Gervais, Oregon Team: Portland State University (PSU) Department of Architecture, PSU’s Green Building Lab, PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions, basic Initiative, Gervais School District, San Jose Unified School District, Lincoln/Concord Massachusetts Unified School District, State of Oregon Governors Office and Cool School Program, State Of Washington Governors Office, Energy Trust of the Oregon and Washington States, Oregon Solutions, Gerding Edlan Partners, Mckinstry Engineering, PAE Engineering, Oregon AIA. Issues Addressed: Civic engagement; low cost maintenance; strengthening community; wellness; environmental sustainability Margarette Leite is a professor at Portland State University, focused on design processes and design/build activities that serve communities in need. She is a partner in SAGE Classrooms. In addition, she is a partner in PLDP Architecture, a firm that designs and promotes sustainable buildings and communities with particular emphasis on disaster relief.



Sponsor Remarks The Curry Stone Design Prize, a $100,000 award recognizing social design pioneers, was created in the belief that designers can be an instrumental force for improving people’s lives and the state of the world. Its goal is to make design available to broader segments of society and inspire the next generation of designers to harness their ingenuity and craft for social good. 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize Honorees Center for Urban Pedagogy (Brooklyn, New York) Liter of Light (Manila, Philippines) MASS Design Group (Boston, MA) Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation (Ramallah, Palestine) Jeanne van Heeswijk (Rotterdam, Netherlands) Watch video profiles of the above honorees and all other finalists at

Chee Pearlman is the curator of the Curry Stone Design Prize, an international award recognizing social design pioneers. Chee is also the president of the Chee Company, a New York-based editorial and design consultancy.


Saturday 1:15-2:45pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

SFI Panel 2: SEED Award Winners The SEED Awards celebrate excellence in social, economic, and environmental design. This session will showcase this year’s three honorees working internationally. SEED maintains the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the SEED process guides professionals to work alongside locals who know their community and its needs. This practice of “trusting the local” is increasingly recognized as a highly effective way to sustain the health and longevity of a place or a community as it develops.

Michael Haggerty, an urban planner and designer based in New York City, is co-director of Solo Kota Kita, an Indonesiabased urban planning organization. Michael is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture Programs in Sustainable Planning & Development. Stephen Kennedy is an urban planner and designer working as a Design & Technology Fellow for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. He is co-founder of the Urban Launchpad, a social venture dedicated to seeding and scaling urban data experiments in places that need it most. Prior to switching to urban-scale projects, Stephen designed lighting, furniture, packaging, soft goods, and websites.


SEED Award Presentation: Firm Foundation The RT 14 region of Sungai Jingah in Banjarmasin is a waterfront community of low-income families whose modest livelihood and social interaction rely heavily on the resources of the Andai River, which have become a source of vulnerability due to lack of basic waterfront services. Seeking to advance the community’s social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Firm Foundation redesigned the waterfront’s critical spaces. Location: Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, Indonesia Team: Solo Kota Kita, AECOM UrbanSOS Program, BAPPEDA Kota Banjarmasin, DTRK Banjarmasin, PNPM Banjarmasin Issues Addressed: Gathering spaces; access to services; employment; water; environmental sustainability Alice Shay, an urban planner and designer living in New York City, currently works with WXY Architecture & Urban Design on a range of public realm planning and design projects. Before working with WXY, she collaborated with Solo Kota Kita on Firm Foundation and City Development Strategies with UN-HABITAT in Indonesia, research on urban void space in Moscow, and public realm strategies in London.


Saturday 1:15-2:45pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

SEED Award Presentation: Maa-Bara Drastically reducing the hunger rate while improving food security, the Maa-Bara project empowers local student groups in impoverished Lenya to sustainably grow fish and vegetables using “aquaponics” deployed on-site at school. Location: Lenya (Bondo District), Nyanza, Kenya Team: Maa-bara Organization, Lenya Primary School, Lenya Community Leaders, Bolena Fish Farms, Anthony Dunn, Obadiah Owiti, MIT’s IDEAS Global Challenge, Hampton UniversityDepartment of Architecture, MIT Sloan Africa Business Club, MIT School of Architecture + Planning, Dr. Calestous Juma (Mentor), Mr. Julius Akinyemi (Mentor), and Dr. Siyad Abdullahi (Adviser) Issues Addressed: Education; empowerment; food security/hunger; entrepreneurship; environmental sustainability

Ogheneruno (Runo) Okiomah is Co-founder & CEO of MaaBara, a social enterprise focused on growing a youth culture of agro-innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also an assistant professor of architecture at Hampton University, co-teaching design studios and coordinating a community design workshop, which demonstrate that small-scale design interventions are capable of catalyzing social change.


SEED Award Presentation: Sudan Jalle School The new Sudan Jalle School in South Sudan’s war-torn Jonglei State, helps fulfill the community’s need for long-term disaster recovery by creating a permanent structure for education, investing economically in the community, and creating a community-owned gathering place. Location: Jalle Payam, Jonglei State, South Sudan Team: Rebuild Sudan Issues Addressed: Disaster/long term recovery; education; strengthening community; prioritizing marginalized (girls & orphans); environmental sustainability

Jill Kurtz is the board president of Rebuild Sudan, focused on the design and construction of schools. She is also the founder of reBuild Consulting, a green building firm that provides affordable LEED and sustainability advising. Having earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Kansas State University, Jill is now a graduate faculty member, teaching an interdisciplinary class on public interest design.


Saturday 3:15-4:30pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

SFI Panel 3: Funding Public Interest Design One of the foremost questions and challenges facing individuals and entities embarking on public interest design projects is funding. This highly-conversational panel will forgo typical presentations in favor of candid dialogue by this select group of funders. Moderator John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week

See also Pages 38, 39, & 60 for more information on design funding. Architecture for Humanity and Abrams Books have kindly made Design Like You Give a Damn 2: Building Change from the Ground Up – which features an extensive resource section on design funding and financing, edited by panelist Kate Stohr – available as a downloadable ebook in the Apple Store for the special, limited-time price of $4.99 from March 19-24, 2013, throughout Public Interest Design Week.


Jennifer Hughes is a design specialist within the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where she manages the NEA’s grantmaking for design and supports the NEA’s design initiatives, such as the Mayors’ Institute on City Design as well as Our Town, which provides funding to support creative-placemaking projects across the country. As planner by training, Jen is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Eric Muschler is a program officer of the McKnight Foundation, one of the country’s largest foundations while remaining anchored in one state and still under the direction of the family board. The Foundation has assets of approximately $2 billion, conferring nearly $100 million in grants annually. Among those was a grant to Enterprise Community Partners to establish the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (ADHLI). Kate Stohr is the co-founder and managing director of Architecture for Humanity. Among numerous other projects and achievements, Kate is co-editor of the acclaimed books Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses To Humanitarian Crises and Design Like You Give a Damn: Building Change from the Ground Up. Katie Swenson is the Vice President of National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, directing the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute as well as the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, which nurtures a new generation of community architects through hands-on experience and high-impact projects.


Saturday 5-6:15pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Keynote: William Kamkwamba A remarkable story about the power of human ingenuity in the face of crippling odds, William Kamkwamba‘s talk will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual to change the world. Among other achievements, Kamkwamba is a best-selling author and TED speaker. Introductory Remarks John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week

William Kamkwamba is the co-author with Bryan Mealer of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity & Hope, the story of how he achieved his dream of bringing electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his family and his Malawi village. A TED Global Fellow and TED speaker, he was a student in the inaugural class of the Pan-African Leadership Academy in South Africa, and he is now a student at Dartmouth University.



Weisman Art Museum

Reception, Book Signing, & Film Screenings The closing reception for Public Interest Design Week 2013 will take place next door to the Coffman Memorial Union at the Weisman Art Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry. Short films from the Curry Stone Design Prize will screen for the first 90 minutes of the evening. From 6:30-7:30pm, William Kamkwamba will be signing books, available for purchase during the Structures for Inclusion conference outside Coffman Memorial Union Theater as well as at the Weisman Art Museum bookstore. A special screening of the 2013 SXSW Grand Jury Prize-winning film, WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL, directed by Ben Nabors, will start take place starting around 8pm at the Weisman Art Museum, with 80 seats available, plus standing room. 31

Sunday 9-12:30pm Rapson Hall

SFI Sunday Workshops Rounding out the Structures for Inclusion conference and Public Interest Design Week generally will be four workshops, offering deeper dives into a range of topics. 9-10:30am Workshop 1A: Human-Centered Design 101 Led by Liz Ogbu of CCA & Marika Shioiri-Clark of Soshl Studio Workshop 1B: Introduction to the SEED Evaluator 3.0 Led by Lisa Abendroth of Metropolitan State University of Denver with Bryan Bell of Design Corps 10:30-11am Break 11am-12:30pm Workshop 2A: Affordable Housing Finance Led by Casius Pealer of Oyster Tree Consulting Workshop 2B: Applying for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship Led by Katie Swenson of Enterprise Community Partners


10:30am-3:30pm Rapson Hall Courtyard

Iconathon The Noun Project has teamed up with Minneapolis’ Hennepin County Environmental Services to host this special Iconathon graphic design hackathon with the goal of creating a badge system that can be displayed on storefronts across the city. These “badges of honor” will be similar in nature to the Yelp or Zagat rating stickers that can be seen on restaurants around the country. Sofya Polyakov is Co-founder & CEO of The Noun Project, a platform that is building a global visual language that everyone can understand. Sofya’s work focuses on business development, building out the vision of the company, as well as identifying partnership opportunities with organization and social enterprises. Sofya’s background includes degrees in business and communication as well as experience in business development and nonprofit fundraising. Edward Boatman is Co-founder of The Noun Project, focused on leading and executing the company’s mission of creating, sharing, and celebrating the world’s visual language. He also works with and oversees The Noun Project’s global community of designers. Edward has a degree in interior architecture, and before starting The Noun Project worked as a designer for one of the top design firms in the country.


Special Guests Enterprise Rose Fellows 2013-2015 Fellows Geoffrey Barton, hosted by Mountain Housing Opportunities and Asheville Design Center in Asheville, N.C., is working on neighborhood revitalization projects and designing green, affordable single-family home prototypes. Emily Roush Elliott, hosted by Greenwood-Leflore Economic Development Foundation and Carl Small Town Center in Greenwood, Miss., is working on an ambitious redevelopment plan for the rural Baptist Town community. Joseph Kunkel, hosted by Santo Domingo Housing Authority and Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative in Santo Domingo, N.M., is working with New Mexico’s Kewa Pueblo in design and planning. Cesia Lopez-Angel, hosted by Little Tokyo Service Center and the Neighborhood Based CDC Coalition in Los Angeles, Calif., focused primarily on with transit-oriented development and affordable housing. 2012-2014 Fellows Sam Beall, hosted by Cathedral Square Corporation in Burlington, Vermont, is working on compiling best management practices and strategies for sustainable senior housing. Sam Carlsen, hosted by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation (SPRC) in Saint Paul, Minn., is engaging citizens in planning for transit-oriented development. He also spearheaded the Go Local Workshops planning for Public Interest Design Week.


Mark Matel, with Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation in Roxbury, Mass., is redeveloping a former transit yard, into a sustainable residential and commercial node in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury. Ceara O’Leary, hosted by Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), is working on broad scale community engagement throughout Detroit and green infrastructure planning. Nathan Poel, based in Yakima, Wash. at the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH), is building stronger communities and affordable housing for migrant farmworkers. 2011-2013 Fellows Juan Calaf, hosted by ENLACE in San Juan, PR, is engaging the community in defining design guidelines for affordable housing projects, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Wayne Mortensen, hosted by Neighborhood Progress in Cleveland, Ohio is supporting the development of affordable housing and civic facilities, and citywide sustainable development policy. Joann Ware, based at Interim Community Development Association in Seattle’s International District, is working to revitalize the Chinatown/International District in the Puget Sound area. Jason Wheeler, hosted by Color Country Community Housing in St. George, Utah, is supporting multi-family affordable housing and energy efficiency projects.


Staff Brooke Jones is a Community Organizer & Communications Design Fellow with Design Corps. She previously served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, working on construction of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. Brooke’s undergraduate degree focused on architecture, economics, and nonprofit studies. Gilad Meron is a designer, researcher and writer who works with organizations such as PublicInterestDesign. org and Enterprise Community Partners. His work focuses on community-based design, both practice and education. Gilad holds a B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and was awarded the 2012 Fellowship for Social and Institutional Change at Cornell. Lisa Rayberg is the Executive Assistant for National Design Initiatives at Enterprise Community Parters, where she handles all facets of administrative, office management, and event planning for departmental programs. She previously worked for Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering. Lisa is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Paige Rohman is the Associate to the Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. He manages strategic initiatives in the dean’s office, administers college-level curriculum processes and the design minor, coordinates the college advisory board, and oversees facilities. Paige holds a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters in student development and higher education administration. Nella Young directs the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship within the National Design Initiatives at Enterprise Community Parters. Nella has a background in urban planning and experiential education. Nella holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and Planning from Tufts University and an undergraduate degree in studio arts from Wesleyan University.


Resources Design in Philanthropy


Grantseeker Advice for Design Grantmakers Grantmaker Advice for Design Grantseekers 10 Essential Books on Public Interest Design


10 Essential Articles on Public Interest Design


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NEA Social Impact Design Webinars


Design for Social Impact White Paper


Note: Select resource material was published online by Architectural Record magazine in conjunction with its March 2012 issue, made possible by John Cary’s ongoing research through the University of Minnesota College of Design.


Resources Design in Philanthropy Grantseeker Advice for Design Grantmakers 1.

Understand the mission of the foundation


Carefully read the guidelines


Ask questions, talk by phone, or meet before applying


Be aware that 99% of proposals don’t get funded


Understand that foundations lack urgency


Don’t assume; explain


Foundations are unique


Life is long; reapply


Program officers rarely make decisions

10. There is a difference between private and corporate foundations 11. Foundations need grantseekers and grantees 12. Be a relationship grantee, not just transactional 13. Give candid feedback to program officers 14. Use time effectively 15. Writing matters Grantmaker Advice for Design Grantseekers 1.

Design that has social impact is also beautiful, and creative, and artistic.


Initial Letters of Intent (LOIs) are preferred over full proposals.


The funding environment--timing, etc.--often makes designers inefficient


Design is a unique mesh of problem-solving, creativity, and beauty


Be aware of your grantees’ ecosystem and the impact of late payments


We are doing something different and there are not a lot of us


You are the leaders, please advocate


Timeframes of design projects can be longer than grant cycles


Designers and foundations have a very different practice models

10. Both models are important and valuable.


Design Funding Challenges & Opportunities In November 2012, during the inaugural Grantmakers in Design meeting, hosted by the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, practitioner Patrice Martin, Co-Lead & Creative Director of, presented the following provocation: 1.

Designers need a question. Foundations need a hypothesis. How might we position for the first step?


Designers need implementation partners. Foundations need implementation partners. How might we build the right partnerships from the start?


Designers believe we can create an opportunity. Foundations must believe a large opportunity exists. How might we design for discovery and incorporate analytics?


Designers prototype. Foundations prove. How might we align stages, questions, and tools?


Designers work for a client. Foundations work within a network. How might we balance concrete direction and collective vision?


Designers start now. Foundations start later. How might we prepare to work together?


Designers thrive in diversity. Foundations are structured for expertise. How might we fit within each other’s models?


Resources 10 Essential Books on Public Interest Design By Gilad Meron Community and The Politics of Place Daniel Kemmis The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jane Jacobs Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford The Power of Pro Bono John Cary and Public Architecture Massive Change Bruce Mau and the Institute without boundaries Community Participation Methods in Design and Planning Henry Sanoff Designing For Social Change Andrew Shea Insurgent Public Space Jeffery Hou Design Like You Give A Damn (Vol. 1 & 2) Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity Marie Aquilino

The full version of the Annotated Bibliography of Public Interest Design, including citations for the articles at right, is available for free download at:


10 Essential Articles on Public Interest Design By Gilad Meron Swimming Against the Tide: A Brief History of Federal Policy in Poor Communities Alice O’Conner Fiscal Equity Myron Orfield CDCs and the changing context for urban community development: A review of the field and the environment Michael Frisch and Lisa J. Servon Keynote Address to the American Institute of Architects Convention Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community design: Idealism and entrepreneurship Mary Comerio Participatory Action Research from the Inside: Community Development Practice in East St. Louis Ken Reardon, John Welsh, Brian Kreiswirth, & John Forester Community Design Centers Rex Curry A Useful Practice David Perkes When we’re all urban planners: Making a virtual village to reate a better city. David Lepeska What a bunch of Legos can teach us about civic participation and innovation. Alex Gilliam


Resources University Programs The following is a working list of university-based programs; please send corrections and additions to Archeworks Arizona State University -Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family -Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory Art Center College of Design -DesignMatters Auburn University: College of Architecture, Design, & Construction -Rural Studio -Urban Studio -Design Education Laboratory -DESIGNhabitat Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning -Indianapolis Center (CAP:IC) California College of the Arts -Center for Art and Public Life

City University of New York School of Architecture -J Max Bond Center Clemson University: College of Architecture Arts and Humanities -a.line.ments Public Outreach Studio -The Restoration Institute -Clemson Architecture Center Columbia University: School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation -Center for the Study of American Architecture Cornell University -Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research -Community and Regional Development Institute -Atkinson Center -Cornell Sustainable Design -AguaClara

Carnegie-Mellon University School of Architecture -Urban Design/Build Studio -Remaking Cities Institute -Architecture Explorations

Duke University -Duke Engage

Catholic University of America -CUA Design Collaborative

Kent State University: College of Architecture & Environmental Design


Integrated School of Building -Public Interest Design Studio

-Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative Lawrence Technological University: College of Architecture and Design -The Detroit Studio Louisiana Tech: School of Architecture -Habitech -Coastal Sustainability Studio Louisiana State University -Office of Community Design and Development Miami University -Center for Civic Engagement -Center for Community Engagement in over the Rhine Maryland Institute College of Art -Center for Design Practice -MA in Social Design Massachusetts Institute of Technology: -Design That Matters -MIT DesignBuild -Special Interest Group in Urban Settlement -West Philadelphia Landscape Project -Center for Civic Media Mcgill University -Minimum Cost Housing Group Mississippi State University: College of Architecture Art and Design -Carl Small Town Center

-GCCDS -Jackson Community Design Center -Design Research & Informatics Lab Montana State University School of Architecture -Community Design Center -Integrated Design Lab New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Archiecture and Design -The Center for Building Knowledge New York University -Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship -Graduate School of Public Service North Carolina State University College of Design -Architecture in the Public Interest -Community Design Initiative -Downtown Design Studio -The Center for Universal Design Ohio State University School of Architecture -SERVItechture Pacific Northwest College of Art -MFA in Collaborative Design Parsons: The New School for Design -Multiple graduate programs in school of constructed environments -Design Workshops (a pro bono architectural program)


Resources Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture -Hamer Ctr. for Community Design -Erasing Boundaries -American Indian Housing Imitative Pratt Institute -Pratt center for Community Development Prarie View A&M University School of Architecture -Community Urban & Rural Enhancement Service Portland State University School of Urban Studies & Planning -Center for Urban Studies

State University of New York: College of Environmental Science & Forestry -Center for Community Design Research Syracuse University School of Architecture -UPSTATE Texas A&M University College of Architecture -Center for Housing and Urban Development -Mitchell Interdisciplinary Public Interest Design Studio Texas Tech: College of Architecture -Architecture Research & Design Ctr.

Rice University School of Architecture -Building Workshop

Tufts University College Citizenship & Public Service -Project Peris

Rutgers University: Business School -Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Tulane University School of Architecture -Tulane City Center -UrbanBUILD -Regional Urban Design Center

School of Visual Arts -MFA in Design for Social Innovation -IMPACT! Design for Social Change Southern University: School of Architecture -Urban and Rural Community Design Research Center Stanford University -Design for Extreme Affordability


University of Arkansas School of Architecture -University of Arkansas Community Design Center -Design/Build University of Arizona: College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture -Tejido Group -Drachman Institute

University of Buffalo: School of Architecture and Planning -Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access -Urban Design Project University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design -Center for Community Innovation University of California Los Angeles Architecture and Urban Design -CityLab University of Cincinnati: College of Design, Art, Architecture, & Planning -Community Design Center University of Colorado College of Architecture & Planning -DesignBuild Certificate -Colorado Center for Community Development -NASHI University of Detroit Mercey School of Architecture -Detroit Collaborative Design Center University of Florida -Florida Community Design Center -Center for Building Better Communities -Community Outreach Partnership Program University of Georgia College of Environment & Design -Center for Community Design & Preservation

University of Houston College of Architecture -Community Design Resource Center -Design/Build Studios University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture -Urban Research and Design Center -Integrated Design Lab University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs -Center for Urban Economic Development -Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign: College of Fine and Applied Arts -East St. Louis Action Project -Building Research Council University of Kansas School of Architecture -Studio 804 -Kansas City Design Center -Center for Design Research University of Massachusetts Amherst -Design Center in Springfield University of Maryland: College of Architecture Planning, & Preservation -Morgan State Center for Economic Development


Resources University of Miami School of Architecture -Center for Urban and Community Design University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning -DETROIT Center -Detroit Community Partnership Ctr. -MidMod -Urban and Regional Research Collaborative University of Minnesota College of Design -Center for Changing Landscapes -Metropolitan Design Center -Center for Rural Design -Center for Sustainable Building Research University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture -Rural Initiative -Nebraska Lied Main Street Program University of Notre Dame School of Architecture -Center for Building Communities University of North Carolina Urban Design Program -Design and Society Research Center University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Architecture -Downtown Design Center


University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning -Design & Planning Assistance Ctr. -indigenous Design+Planning inst. -Resource Center for Raza Planning University of Oregon -Sustainable Cities Initative -Center for Housing Innovation -Community Service Center (community planning workshop) -Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy -Energy Studies in Building Laboratory -Institute for Policy Research and Innovation -Institute for a Sustainable Earth -Center for Environment, Education and Design Studies University of Pennsylvania School of Design -PennPraxis -Penn Institute for Urban Research -Plan Philly -Penn Program for Public Service -Storefront For Art & Architecture University of Southern Florida School of Arch. & Community Design -DesignBuild University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Architecture & Design -East Tennessee Community Design Center -Institute for Public Service

-Institute for Smart Structures -UPSIDE -Nashville Civic Design Center

Wentworth Institute of Technology -Center for Community and Learning Partnerships

University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture -Public Interest Design Summer Program -Center for Sustainable Development -BaSiC Initiative

Woodbury University -Arid Lands Institute -Architecture and Civic Engagement Center

University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture -Assist Community Design Center -DesignBuild Bluff

Yale University School of Architecture -Vlock Building Project -Urban Design Workshop

University of Virginia: School of Engineering & Applied Science -EcoMOD -reCOVER University of Washington College of Built Environments -Wright Neighborhood Design/Build Studio University of Wisconsin Milwaukee: School of Arch. & Urban Planning -Community Design Solutions Virginia Tech School of Architecture & Design -design/build LAB -Community design assistance center Washington State University School of Design and Construction -Rural Community Design Initiative


Resources Fellowships AmeriCorps including its VISTA component, is America’s domestic service program that deploys college graduates to fight poverty in low-income communities. The AmeriCorps website sometimes promotes opportunities specifically for architects and designers, with “architectural planning” as an advanced search option. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, prorated for location (averaging approximately $15,000 annually), plus health insurance, and some programs provide housing assistance. AmeriCorps members who complete one term of service also qualify for an AmeriCorps Education Award, up to $5,500. The Architecture for Humanity (AFH) Fellowship places participants alongside regular staff, interns, and volunteers, both out of the organization’s San Francisco headquarters and on project sites around the world. The fellowships typically come with a modest stipend, which varies based on the duration of time and location. Opportunities are posted to the AFH website as they become available. The bcWORKSHOP Fellowship puts design and other college graduates to work through the AmeriCorps program in Dallas and other locales where the organization is working. Past fellowships have run over the course of a summer, or year-round. A modest living allowance is provided through AmeriCorps; application deadlines and terms vary. The Design Corps Fellowship program is among the longest-running. Fellows now serve one-year terms, working on Design Corps projects, while also aiding and gaining exposure to the organization’s many other initiatives. One fellow is currently in residence in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Design Corps based. A living allowance of $15,000, health insurance, and other benefits are provided; application deadlines vary. The Design Ignites Change Fellowship funds projects that aim to; educate students about the best practices of social design and teach them how to obtain and manage resources effectively, recruit professional mentors to share their expertise and to guide Fellows, support the implementation of socially activated projects by providing knowledge and seed funding, measure the


real impact of our Fellows’ projects, share our Fellows’ stories of successful implementation and meaningful impact with those in the creative community and beyond. The Design Impact Fellowship a six-month program that places U.S. designers in community organizations in India to work on social and environmental design projects. Design Impact covers the cost of all work-related travel (including flights to and from India), room and board, immunizations, visa fees, and health insurance, along with a $300 monthly stipend. The Design Trust for Public Space Fellowships engage design and other creative professionals on projects being pursued by the organization. Recent projects have looked at public health issues, urban agriculture, and public life through photography. The number of fellows ranges annually, and stipends run from $5,000 to $15,000; opportunities are announced in the organization’s email newsletter as they become available. The Emerging Terrain Urban Design Fellowship is aimed at practicing architects, engineers, landscape architects, and urban designers/planners. Emerging Terrain specifically seeks candidates interested in remaining in Nebraska and contributing locally upon completion of their term. In 2012, three fellowships were awarded for a 12-month period, with a total stipend of $30,000. The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship is a three-year program through which architecture graduates are placed in community organizations to work on affordable housing and community development projects across the country. The fellowship includes an annual salary of $47,500, plus benefits and extensive leadership training. The Global Health Corps offers a small number of fellowship opportunities for designers to work in Rwanda with MASS Design Group, on projects like its Butaro Hospital and evolving master plan. The deadline for applications is in January or February of each year. This year’s fellows will be provided with a $650 stipend per month, living arrangements in Kigali, transportation, health insurance, and $1,500 on completion of the fellowship.



The Fellowship or “Global Innovators in Residence� program, has quickly emerged as one of the most coveted and competitive fellowships, with over 500 applications this year for just a handful of slots. The program enables design, business, and social sector leaders to spend one year working with experienced IDEO designers to address poverty-related challenges worldwide. The 11-month fellowship includes a $50,000 salary, plus health insurance and coverage of all work-related expenses. The Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design confers up to ten fellowships annually on mid-career professionals in design and related areas of work. Public interest design leaders are frequently among the classes of fellows selected annually. The nine-month fellowships include a stipend of approximately $47,500, housing, and full access to the courses and resources of Harvard University and other Boston-area universities. The annual deadline for applications is in early-January. fellowship The Public Policy Lab Fellowship offers several multi-month, part-time fellowships to creative professionals, including architects and designers, to aid in their service design work. Candidates must be able to participate, in person, in New York-area meetings and events. The U.S. Peace Corps provides volunteers with a 27-month fellowship to work in one of 76 countries around the world. Like AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps does not specifically recruit for design professionals, though a small cohort of architects has taken part in the program over the decades. Peace Corps volunteers receive a modest living allowance based on location, along with housing assistance, health insurance, and travel coverage, as well as a $7,425 transition payment on completion of the term. The Van Alen Fellowship is the latest iteration of several fellowship programs run by Van Alen Institute over the years. Still under development, the organization hopes to call for up to six new fellows later this year to undertake studies and work at the intersection of design and public policy.


Awards The Berkeley Prize is a multipart design and essay writing competition focused on the social art of architecture, open to undergraduate students worldwide. The Core77 Design Awards program has several “progressive project” categories, including “service,” “social impact,” and student categories, with pro bono (for good) projects are accepted in every other category as well. The Curry Stone Design Prize is an annual award that recognizes designers at the forefront of social change worldwide, with a no-strings-attached grand prize of $100,000. INDEX: Designs to Improve Life is a biennial award that offers the largest cash design prize in the world, totaling €500,000, recognizing design for the public good in five categories: body, community, home, play, and work. The Lewis Mumford Awards, conferred annually by ADPSR, recognize individuals and entities that exemplify the organization’s goals of peace, preservation of the natural and built environment, and socially responsible development. The Rudy Bruner Awards, conferred every other year, recognize exemplary urban projects, distinguished by their design and social contribution. One gold medal of $50,000 is awarded, with one or more silver medals of $10,000 each. The Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Awards celebrate excellence in public interest design.


Resources Events The ACD National Conference is held annually by the Association for Community Design, typically taking place in June. The Design Access Summit is hosted by Public Architecture each spring and aimed at design, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders. It seeks to highlight the role that design can play in social change, focusing on the social sector’s access to such services. Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE is a day-long affair staged by Architecture for Humanity each fall. The event builds on the ethos of AFH’s popular Design Like You Give a Damn books. The Public Interest Design Institute is a two-day traveling training program coordinated by Design Corps. The curriculum is framed around the organization’s Social Economic Environmental Design principles. The Public Interest Design Summer Program, is entering its third year at the University of Texas at Austin. The two-part program involves an intensive research track that runs parallel with a community design/build project. The Structures for Inclusion conference is aimed at students and professionals committed to or considering a career in community design.


Networks Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is a national membership organization with several local chapters, which, since 1981, has sought to link design with environmental protection, ecological building, peace, and social justice causes. The Association for Community Design is membership-based network of independent and university-affiliated community design centers working to bring the practice of participatory design to communities in need. Designers Accord is an environmental and social compact for designers, educators, and business leaders. Initially launched as a “Kyoto Treaty for Design,� the accord signatories commit to a five-part pledge that they will integrate sustainability into their design work. DESIS (Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability) is a network of design labs, based in design schools and design-oriented universities, involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change. Design for Good, a new campaign of AIGA, encourages and recognizes pro bono and social engagement design work by its members and designers atlarge through match-making, resource development, and promotional efforts. The Design Other 90 Network is membership and project database maintained by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, framed around two major exhibitions and estimates that roughly 90% of the world’s population without access to professional design services. HCD Connect is a network and storytelling platform launched in 2012 by IDEO. org in partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, framed around the human-centered design approach.



The Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Network is another pledge-based membership and resource for individual designers and organizations working toward the broader principles of sustainability. The 1% program of Public Architecture is a network of nearly 1,200 architecture and design firms and over 700 nonprofits seeking to partner on pro bono design projects. Worldchanging (formerly called the Open Architecture Network) is an online, open-source community, launched and managed by Architecture for Humanity, dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.


Organizations Architecture for Humanity, through its global volunteer network, brings design, construction, and development services to bear on humanitarian crises worldwide. With 50 U.S. chapters, the organization is also a force domestically, working on a wide array of projects in cities big and small. Its flagship Worldchanging Open Architecture Network, a platform to facilitate sharing of information on humanitarian design projects. buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is a community design center that undertakes projects in under-resourced areas of Dallas, where it is based, as well as Texas’s Lower Rio Grande Valley. Chief among its projects is Congo Street Initiative, an effort in Dallas to revitalize a narrow street with a dozen and a half homes in need of repair in the inner city. Build.Found. started as a project called “Building Foundations with Haiti” and is now an independent nonprofit hosted by the AIA Center for Architecture in New York. Most of its work to date has focused on rebuilding in Haiti, but Build. Found. aspires to link local capacity-building to infrastructure development in impoverished communities, while professionalizing volunteer opportunities throughout the building industry. Catapult Design, based in San Francisco, is an interdisciplinary design practice that brings engineering, technology, and products to resource-limited settings. It focuses on delivering culturally sensitive, environmentally friendly, locationappropriate solutions for communities in need. All of its work is undertaken on a fee-for-service basis, for nonprofits as well as governments, social ventures, and even Fortune 500 companies. The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), based in Brooklyn using art and design to improve civic engagement. It addresses communities with populations whose voices have historically been underrepresented or suppressed. CUP’s Making Policy Public poster series uses graphic design to explain and improve understanding of fundamental public policy matters that shape lives.


Resources The Community Design Center of Pittsburgh is an advocate for design, planning, public policy, and sustainable communities. Among its four principal programs is a dedicated design fund that provides financial and service grants to aid in early stage development of projects. The Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia connects nonprofits in need of pre-development design services with architects and others professionals willing to offer their time on a pro bono basis. Now in its 20th year and based out of the AIA Philadelphia Center for Architecture, the organization plays a crucial role of matchmaker and is a highly leveraged model for other cities. The Community Design Resource Center of Boston, like the aforementioned Philadelphia collaborative, connects community groups, nonprofits, and public agencies with architects and other design professionals willing to offer their services on a pro bono basis. Design Corps is a national nonprofit, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Design Corps maintains a long-running fellowship program, hosts the annual Structures for Inclusion conference, coordinates the SEED Network’s myriad activities, and facilitates the Public Interest Design Institute training programs. Design Ignites Change encourages and supports design and social change work by students and creative professionals. Its two main initiatives for design professionals include a six-week, intensive summer program, called “Impact! Design for Social Change,” at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and its Funding Social Change workshops, which travel nationally. Design Impact is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that partners American and international designers with community organizations in India. In approaching issues ranging from education and healthcare to social equality, human rights, and economic development, Design Impact practices “embedded design,” focused on cultivating relationships and fostering local ownership of solutions.


The Design Trust for Public Space concerns itself with public life in New York’s five boroughs. It explores the history, current state, and potential of public buildings, parks, plazas, streets, and broader transportation systems. Most of the Design Trust’s work happens on the front end of a project—with arguably its biggest-impact contribution to date being a feasibility study for what is now the High Line Park in Manhattan. DesigNYC is another important connector of designers and nonprofits serving the public good. Focused exclusively on the New York area, it undertakes both communications design and environmental design projects, issuing an annual call for participants and showcasing its results through a yearly public exhibition. Emerging Terrain is a research and design collaborative with a mission of creatively engaging the public in reshaping the built environment. Through programming and partnerships, Emerging Terrain advocates for the adaptive reuse and repurposing of landscapes, spaces, and structures that help build community. Engineering Ministries International (EMI), based in Colorado Springs, is a Christian ministry that designs facilities for the poor in developing countries. Its project types include hospitals, orphanages, schools, and water systems. EMI recruits architects, construction managers, engineers, and land surveyors from around the world to donate their time and travel costs. Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA), headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, boasts a 12,000-member network with 350 projects in over 45 countries around the world. It maintains roughly 250 chapters for students and professionals, the majority of which are based on college campuses. Its members engage directly with communities though partnering with non-governmental organizations. Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and focused on the construction of housing for low-income families. The organization comprises independent affiliates, which together have built more than 500,000 homes around the world.


Resources Hester Street Collaborative (HSC) is an outgrowth of public-interest design work undertaken by Leroy Street Studio, a New York-based architecture firm. HSC engages local residents in a participatory design process with the aim of having public spaces more directly reflect local desires and needs. The organization advocates that residents play an active role in shaping their built environment to foster a sense of ownership. is the brainchild of design and strategy giant IDEO, which brings what it calls “human-centered design” and a “beginner’s mind” to chronic problems facing the developing world. It partners with major foundations, NGOs, and other entities on an array of projects, ranging from water delivery and education reform to gender equity. Formally launched this past fall, the organization is staffed in large part by a diverse team of fellows. Make It Right Foundation, established by actor Brad Pitt in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, engages architects and designers on both a pro bono and fee-for-service basis to aid in its rebuilding of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. Notably, the foundation has historically employed as many social service workers as design professionals. Make It Right is embarking on similar work in Kansas City, Newark, New Jersey, and others cities to be announced. MASS Design Group, with offices in Boston, Haiti, and Rwanda, designs, builds, and advocates for buildings that improve health and strengthen communities. Its maiden project, the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, represents its commitment to “immersive design” and deep relationship with Partners in Health. Planning Corps, based in New York, is a new and evolving network of planners who volunteer their time on nonprofit and public interest design projects. The organization is focused, for now, on public spaces, streetscaping, and transportation systems. Project H Design undertakes and supports design projects for the public good. Its public high school design/build program, called Studio H, is based in Bertie County, North Carolina, fueling rural community development through educational and built projects.


Project M is a platform for designers and creative people to put their skills to work for the public good. The organization runs several programs, including workshops and intensive residencies around the world. Its most celebrated domestic projects include water access awareness and a storefront pie shop in Greensboro, Alabama. Public Architecture is a San Francisco-based nonprofit and advocate for pro bono design, embodied in The 1% pro bono service program. Public Architecture also initiates temporary and conceptual design projects—like its highly publicized ScrapHouse and Day Labor Station projects. The Public Policy Lab, based in Brooklyn, New York, is a nonpartisan organization working to improve the delivery of public services—ranging from healthcare and housing to federal programs, like Medicare and Social Security. The organization engages in research and advocacy at the intersection of policy and what it terms “user-centered design.” Public Workshop, based in Philadelphia, describes itself as a “cheerleader of possibility.” It seeks to redefine the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities through innovative education, training, and design/build programs. SCALEAfrica, based in New York, is focused on bringing better classrooms, libraries, and entire schools to parts of Zambia and other countries in subSaharan Africa without them. The organization practices an active community participation model, intended to yield culturally responsive, sustainable architecture as well as increased educational access and effectiveness. Van Alen Institute, a century-old organization based in New York, initiates and facilitates projects in public architecture through a mix of competitions, publications, and other programming. The Van Alen has maintained several fellowship programs over the years. VisionArc, also based in New York, is a think tank dedicated to exploring the role of design within complex global issues, including environmental and social sustainability. It partners with entities such as the World Economic Forum on initiatives involving research and visualization.


Resources Design for Social Impact White Paper The 2012 Social Impact Design Summit united architects, industrial designers, planners, civilsociety designers, landscape architects, engineers and inventors from Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The resulting white paper, Design & Social Impact: A Cross-Sectoral Agenda for Design Education, Research, & Practice, includes the following five recommendations: 1. Expand networks, as there is much that members of this diverse, global community can learn from one another and from the constituents they serve. 2. Emphasize storytelling to more effectively communicate social impact design’s value and how design can play a significant role in creating social change. 3. Build a culture of evaluation with better tools to demonstrate the long-term impact of design projects and initiatives. 4. Form intelligent coalitions with dedicated social impact design programs within universities as well as informal teaching environments, both physical and online. 5. Create alternative funding strategies to enable innovative and ongoing support. To download the white paper, visit or


NEA Social Impact Design Webinar Series The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced a new webinar series in conjunction with the release of its white paper, with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, on the results of the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit. The webinar series will be curated and hosted by thought leaders in social impact design and will cover topics that enhance the field’s capacity to design effectively for social impact. April 24, 2013, 2pm EST “Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation” Hosted by John Cary, Founder, June 12, 2013, 2pm EST “Making it Happen: Spotlight on Successful Projects” Hosted by Jen Hughes, NEA Design Specialist August 20, 2013, 2pm EST “Educating the Next Generation of Social Impact Designers” Hosted by William Drenttel, President of Winterhouse Institute To register for any of the webinars, go to the webinar section of the NEA website,; all webinars will archived and available for viewing shortly after the live presentation.



The College of Design at the University of Minnesota is home to 7 undergraduate majors, 19 graduate degree programs, 10 research and outreach centers, and the Goldstein Museum of Design. At its core is a commitment to training students to employ socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design to address real world problems.


The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations of Minnesotans. Through grantmaking, collaboration, and strategic policy reform, the foundation uses its resources to unite and empower people and communities in need.



The Surdna Foundation fosters sustainable communities, guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Through its Community Engaged Design initiative, the foundation supports efforts to involve artists, architects and designers in participatory problem solving and development efforts.


Enterprise Community Partners is a charitable organization that provides expertise for affordable housing and sustainable communities across the U.S. Its National Design Initiatives include the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute, and Pre-Development Design Grants.



Autodesk is the leading producer of design, engineering, and entertainment software, all intended to help students and professionals imagine, design, and create a better world. In 2013, Autodesk will be launching the Autodesk Impact Design Foundation, including financial support as well as technology grants.


The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation serves individuals and communities primarily by supporting the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments. The Foundation also supports the performing and visual arts, investigative reporting and government accountability and makes grants to organizations that provide opportunities for working families who remain poor. 67


J&J Industries engineers and manufactures a diverse range of commercial carpet solutions with an uncompromising commitment to integrity, quality, design, innovation and service. Environmental conservation and stewardship are leading initiatives of the company.


Humanscale is a leading manufacturer of ergonomic office chairs and workstation amenities, focused on designing beautiful, functional products for real people. Its focus on humancentered complements its commitment to sustainability, using the user’s body weight to operate products instead of complex mechanisms – minimizing materials, energy use, and waste.



Reed Construction Data is a leading construction information business that provides the combined strength of accurate and reliable project leads, market intelligence, marketing solutions and RSMeans cost data to give its customers, partners, and associates the actionable insight they need to be more effective, more profitable and more successful in their businesses.



The Curry Stone Design Prize, a $100,000 award recognizing social design pioneers, was created in the belief that designers can be an instrumental force for improving people’s lives and the state of the world. Its goal is to make design available to broader segments of society and inspire the next generation of designers to harness their ingenuity and craft for social good.


Public Interest Design Week 2013 Program