Every place tells a story of belonging -- about those who belong and inversely those who do not. The more you belong, however, the more invisible these boundaries become. It is only through dialogue with others who hold different lived experiences – often with voices unheard - that light is shed on the barriers to equity. This roundtable brings together five women with diverse perspectives in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusivity in design practice. Discussion will consider how to create more equitable environments in our studios, buildings, and communities. Conversation will focus on how we, as women in design, can shape the next generation of our practice. It will explore both the lessons learned from the feminist legacy within the profession and our role, in an increasingly uncertain future, in creating a more inclusive society through the power of design.
Describe the concept of belonging, and how it relates to practice and design.
Discuss ways in which designers can create more inclusive places and spaces.
Understand the characteristics of an equitable design practice.