So You Want to Design for All? Designing for Belonging


This session provides a platform for the ongoing dialogue and support for historically underrepresented individuals in architecture. As the profession works towards greater equity and inclusion, YAF advocacy workgroup is focusing on amplifying and showcasing an array of work from emerging and established leaders rooted in designing a built environment in which all feel a sense of belonging.

Hear from a diverse group of architects and designers who are committed to design that addresses the unfortunate realities of the past and works towards a more equitable future and learn various methods of incorporating equity in your practice and daily lives. Panelists share their background, vision, project samples, and insights in why consideration for belonging and the varied perspectives and needs of individuals is imperative for architects and their communities. 

Learning objectives

  • Learn ways in which the built environment plays a role in perpetuating social inequity as the impacts of climate change are disproportionately felt in marginalized communities and affecting the health, safety, welfare, and belonging of those populations.
  • Learn about the work of design justice activists who are developing new architectural practices, processes, and paradigms in order to build a just future.
  • Investigate an intersectional concept of belonging: understanding how issues of equity and belonging intersect with health, social justice, and natural environment in the architectural workplace and built environment.
  • Be inspired to take action and promote environmental justice and resiliency in their projects and communities where all may feel a sense of belonging as they lead healthy lives.


Recorded live on August 13, 2021

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1.50 LUs
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    Yiselle Santos Rivera


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