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Olivia Asuncion

Project Architect | Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

Olivia has oriented her career path towards advocating for inclusive design. She received her undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley, then began her professional career at Equity Community Builders helping non-profit organizations with their construction management needs. This includes assisting in the construction management of the Ed Roberts Campus, a universally-designed building in Berkeley, CA. After receiving her Master of Architecture degree from University of Oregon, she served as an architect at Shah Kawasaki Architects in Oakland, CA, working on public safety buildings and office spaces for public sector clients. Currently, Olivia is a Project Architect at Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, working on K-12 educational facilities.

Aside from design, Olivia is passionate about improving architecture through research. Her independent project, “Accessible Evacuation: Improving Fire Safety and Building Evacuation for People with Disabilities,” has been presented in various symposia, and won First Place for the Student Best Design Award at the Environmental Design Research Association’s 46th Annual Conference. She has also collaborated with University of Oregon professors on the post-occupancy evaluation project, “Building Design for Users with Disabilities: Building Performance Evaluation of Ed Roberts Campus.” Her latest research accomplishment is receiving the Fulbright Scholarship, where she plans to travel to the Philippines to assess the accessibility of elementary schools.

Olivia currently serves as the AIA Young Architects Representative for California. She strongly believes that our design decisions have the potential to create physical symbols that tear down social barriers and inequalities.

Courses

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So You Want to Build an Equitable Future? Practice Innovation through Universal + Inclusive Design

How can the architecture profession go beyond the minimum requirements of code minimums and the Americans with Disabilities Act to create more equitable and inclusive spaces for all? Today, designers are looking at how the built environment can affect a person physically, mentally, and socially. Young architects will learn how to be advocates for incorporating principles of universal design in their projects not only to achieve more successful designs, but to achieve more equitable communities where all may thrive.

Attendees will hear from a diverse group of architects, designers, and strategists who are committed to designing for all and advocating for universal design standards. The panelists will share their background, vision, project samples, and insights in why inclusive, universal design is imperative for architects and their communities. Attendees will learn various methods of incorporating universal design practices in their work and daily lives. The panelists will expand on how and why architects should take on a leadership role in designing the built environment to be both beautiful and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, gender identity, ethnicity, sexuality, or status in life. Hosted by the Young Architects Forum (YAF).

Course expires 6/21/2025

1.50 LU|HSW