Innovating at the Intersection of Economy, Environment, Equity, & Public Health

Hear from experts on the pervasiveness of inequity in our society and their visions for change.


Climate change, COVID-19, a looming economic depression, and systemic racial injustice have exposed structural failings that architecture, and society, cannot fail to address. While these issues may seem unrelated, their origins and effects are tightly interconnected. Hear from experts in climate, government, health, race, and professional practice as they discuss the pervasiveness of inequity in our society and share their visions for change. Because communities consist of both people and places, architects bear a profound responsibility to them all.

Learning objectives

  • Witness the deep-seated, pervasive nature of systemic racism in the United States and the built environment perpetuates it.
  • Learn the deleterious effects of racism and inequity upon Black Americans as well as Native Americans and other people of color. Learn how to work with community leaders to mitigate these inequities.
  • Understand the relationships between prejudice and other, seemingly disconnected social crises such as climate change, public health, and political polarization.
  • Explore pathways for healing, reconciliation, and growth in architecture and the society it serves.
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  • Steve K. Benjamin

    Mayor | Columbia, South Carolina 

    Since being elected mayor in a record turnout election in April 2010, Mayor Steve Benjamin has made...
  • Kimberly Dowdell


    Principal | HOK – Chicago

    Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect and urban thought leader who is focused on building...
  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove

    MD, LFAPA, Hon AIA

    Professor of Urban Policy and Health | The New School

    Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, LFAPA, Hon AIA, is a social psychiatrist and professor of urban...
  • Jacqueline Patterson

    Senior Director | NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

    Jacqueline Patterson is the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program...