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 Core Team
Co-Director: Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 20 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She is the co-director 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 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.