We believe that professional development with a focus on equitable community outcomes is development for responsible practice.  The skills and knowledge learned in this program apply to all aspects of the design practice. 
Industry leaders and subject matter experts will lead two weekends of workshops with focused affinity group support and field work with local community partners. Over the course of five months we will build a knowledge collectively,  engage in experiential learning, and gain experience necessary to ground ourselves in a creative and socially just pathway at any level and stage of your practice. 

Our Goals

By participating in this program, designers will learn best practices for community engagement and equitable design practice and put those lessons into direct action with the support of a local experienced guide. 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

Why We Do This Work

We recognize that our built environment is inherently inequitable and has unfairly impacted under-resourced communities. We acknowledge our role in the systems that have contributed to this imbalance and hold ourselves accountable. We pledge to reduce the harm of oppressive systems by learning our historical context, and leveraging our skills, power and privilege.

Program Directors

Garrett Jacobs
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.
Shalini Agrawal
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
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2973 16th St. Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94103

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