Our Goals

By participating in this program, designers will learn best practices for community engagement and equitable design. They put those lessons into direct action with the support of the cohort, facilitators and community partners. To achieve our objectives we aim to:

Fulfill a more equitable and impactful design practice

Amplify the voices of community leaders 

Create a welcoming, brave and inspiring space to grow personally and professionally. 

Establish a cohort of design professionals prepared  to support community initiatives with an equity lens. 

Support professionals to advocate for social justice within their firms

Our Values

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Our Team

Shalini Agrawal - Co-director
Shalini Agrawal - Co-director

Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 20 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She co-director of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program for social equity, and FIELD Design Network, a forum that builds capacity for underrepresented designers. She is founder of Public Design for Equity and teaches at the intersection of design and community engagement in Diversity Studies at CCA. Shalini is a board member of Association for Community Design

Garrett Jacobs - Co-director
Garrett Jacobs - Co-director

Garrett is the founding director of the Open Architecture Collaborative and previously led programs and national networks at Code for America and Architecture for Humanity. He has produced creative placemaking and leadership programs in the Bay Area, most recently piloting Pathways to Equity. Garrett serves as Chief of Finance and Operations for Designing Justice Designing Spaces and continues to provide community project management support. He has an M. Arch from Tulane University.

Evelyn Thorne - Operations Associate
Evelyn Thorne - Operations Associate

Evelyn Thorne

Robin Bean Crane - Communications Associate
Robin Bean Crane - Communications Associate

Robin Crane - Communications Associate

Our Origins

This program is a collaboration between the Open Architecture Collaborative and the Association for Community Design. After 16 years of experience working with volunteer architects and designers on community driven design around the globe, the Open Architecture Collaborative shares the lessons learned. ACD brings the knowledge and experience of leaders from community design centers and practitioners from around the US to inform the program content and drive the community partnerships.



Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that we are located on the traditional lands of the CHOCHENYO & RAMAYTUSH OHLONE peoples past, present and future. We acknowledge the traditional owners and caretakers of these lands. Knowing these truths, especially for a profession that builds on land, are critical to understanding and connecting across heritage and difference. If you’d like to know more about what territory you are on, please visit www.native-land.ca. Pathways to Equity supports Sogorea Te Land Trust

We believe equity* starts with belonging. With P2E, you will learn inclusionary and proactive processes such as active listening, engaged research, personal self-reflection, restorative justice, trauma-informed practices, and responsive iteration towards social impact design methods.

* We define equity as “just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.” (Policylink)