Design and Social Benefit

Learn how diversity, iteration, and engagement can shape the practice of architecture.


Design has a social impact. Successful design – design excellence – advances positive social benefits by balancing materiality with thoughtful articulation of how communities use space to live, work, or play. In this session, the Co-Founder of New York–based WXY, Claire Weisz, and the firm’s Director, Civic Impact, Traci Sanders, discuss how diversity, iteration, and engagement shape the practice, its relationship to clients and communities, and the places it designs and builds.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how equity and diversity have contributed to the success of a highly regarded mid-sized firm.
  • Learn new rules of engagement for practices working on projects with potentially high community impact.
  • Learn how engagement is a key tool for both architectural/urban designers and planners working at every scale.
  • Discuss how public/private partnerships have contributed to growth of the firm’s portfolio.
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    Traci Sanders

    Director | Civic Impact | WXY

    Traci Sanders joined WXY in 2017 with a background in planning, urban policy, and research. At WXY...
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    Claire Weisz


    Founding partner | WXY

    Claire Weisz FAIA is a founding partner of WXY, known for their innovative approach to community,...