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Design for People

August 10, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Design for People: Green Buildings for All

Embracing the built environment as a leverage point for a healthy, diverse, equitable, and inclusive society.

True sustainability requires a triple-bottom line of meeting the social, economic, and environmental needs of current and future generations. Join the leaders elevating the design field as we attempt to answer these important questions:

How do we build “green buildings” for all people all of the time?
How are we engaging people in the community we are building in?
How do we draw from the inherent wisdom of all stakeholders?
Who are we collaborating with to be more inclusive?

We will hear from industry leaders and change-makers on how they are disrupting business-as-usual with new approaches to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


8:30 AM | Breakfast Networking

9:00 AM | Designs with Equity
Industry leaders from MASS Design Group and DREAM Collaborative will share projects resulting from new approaches to design that includes equity.

9:30 AM | Implicit Bias Introduction
Tiffany Cogell of Design4Equity will deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of inclusivity and implicit bias in the broader employment market at this moment in time, within their organization, and in their own individual work. The Focus of this introductory workshop is to improve overall employee engagement and performance by maximizing inclusion and minimizing implicit bias in the workplace.

10:00 AM | AEC firm evolution Panel Discussion
Tiffany Cogell will lead a discussion with panelists from four AEC firms who have participated in implicit bias workshops. The Green Engineer, Elkus Manfredi, DiMella Shaffer, and Payette will demonstrate strategies they are applying in their offices and highlight lessons learned and tools to share.

10:40 AM | Q&A

11:00 AM | Next Steps – Connecting with Industry

Hear from community and industry leaders from Browning the Green Space, the City of Boston, and Sasaki on tangible next steps for taking design for equity into practice.

11:30 AM | Networking

Tiffany Cogell is the principal of Design 4 Equity, an EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) practice, where she collaborates with nonprofits and businesses to design processes and systems to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into their organizational structure and culture. She has a background in office management, community organizing, construction project management, active transit advocacy, food sovereignty, urban planning, and racial justice activism.

Tiffany serves on multiple boards. She is the Benefit Director for The Green Engineer’s board, a co-founder of the Cross Cultural Collective, an arts collaborative that amplifies diasporic art and its creators, a co-organizer for Ride for Black Lives Boston, and a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists. She is a mother of four, and passionate about reflecting inclusion, economic equity, and collective empowerment through design, art, housing, and public spaces.

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Don't let cost keep you from participating. Scholarships for our events and trainings are available. Apply for free admission. We encourage BIPOC professionals and students to apply.


August 10, 2023
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Payette Office
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210 United States
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