AIA TO HOST PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN INSTITUTE IN WASHINGTON DC

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March 24 & 25, 2017 at AIA Headquarters in Washington DC.

Design professionals will learn skills and methods to pro-actively engage in community-based design through fee-based practice. Instructors and special guest speakers will present in-depth case studies of the community and client engagement processes and the outcomes of their award-winning Public Interest Design projects. Successful completion of this two-day intensive Public Interest Design Institute qualifies attendees for 11.5 AIA (HSW) CEUs or ASLA PDHs and certification as a SEED Professional. Preliminary agenda.

Learning objectives include:

  • Finding new clients and public interest design projects
  • Learning about new fee sources and structures
  • Learning methods of working with a community as a design partner
  • Leveraging other partners and assets to address project challenges
  • Maximizing a project’s positive impact on a community
  • Moving beyond LEED to measure positive social, economic, & environmental impact
  • Understanding public interest design and how it is re-shaping professional practice

This two-day intensive course is presented by Design Corps, the SEED Network,
AIA National, and the M.S. in Sustainable Design Program at the CUA.

Register here.

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SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN CELEBRATION 2016

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Inscape Publico, a nonprofit architecture firm in Washington DC, is hosting it’s 2nd annual Social Impact Design Celebration. It is the social event for all of those supporting social impact design in architecture, design, development, and construction in the DC area. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, unique silent auction items, and a chance to meet and view the work of leaders in the field. All proceeds will support the mission of Inscape Publico.

And…you can enter to win a new ‘Handsome Devil’ bicycle, valued at $1,200. Drawing will take place on Nov 2, 2016 at the Social Impact Design Celebration (need not be present to win). Bike raffle tickets here.

See more about Inscape Publico. Event tickets here.

WINNERS OF THE DC AFFORDABLE LIVING DESIGN COMPETITION

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Last year the DC Living Building Challenge Collaborative organized a design competition for an affordable housing project in Washington DC. The competition was for 10 affordable single family homes in the historic neighborhood of Deanwood in Washington DC that are designed to meet the International Living Futures Institute’s rigorous sustainable requirements of their Living Building Challenge. Award winners will be presenting their work February 1, 2016 at Catholic University.

1st Place: The “Urban Grapevine” team was Mike Binder (Binder Regenerative Design,) Marcie Meditch (Meditch Murphey Architects,) Thomas Serra (Independent Engineering,) Lael Taylor (Meditch Murphey Architects) and Jenny Wienckowski (Rain Underground, LLC.) The project excelled in all of the Living Building Challenge v3.0 petals:  Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Material, Equity and Beauty.

2nd Place: The “Deanwood Market” team was made up of William Teass and Charles Warren (Taess Warren Architects,) Ryan Moody and Jason Reibold (Moody Landscape Architecture) and Chris French (District Homes.) This project also excelled at all of the petals, most of all energy and place.

Honorable Mention: The “Coming Together” by team 521 composed of Lindsey Falasca (Hickok Cole Architects,) Elin Zurbrigg (Mi Casa Inc,) Paul Totten (WSP in the USA,) Daniel Moring (IBC Engineering) and Apryl Webb (Skanska.) Bethany Bezak of DC Water thought this project was the most innovative in its water treatment. This project also incorporated a workplace strategy for the community.

RSVP for the event. See more from the award winners and their submissions on the DC LBCC website.

 

DC’S FIRST SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN CELEBRATION



Inscape Publico has announced it’s inaugural Social Impact Design Celebration to be held at the Wonder Bread Factory on November 17, 2015. Two awards will be announced, one for a DC based social impact designer and another for a DC metro area project that has made triple bottom line impact. Attendees will be social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, designers and others who support this work. Food and drink are included but buy your ticket soon, early bird pricing is only available through October 1st. It promises to be a night public interest designers should not miss!

Purchase tickets here. Proceeds go to providing nonprofits in need with probono design services.

ATTEND: HAPPY HOUR EVENT AT MAPLE ON 11TH ST FOR SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN

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Join Inscape Publico and AFHdc Tuesday July 28, 2015 for a relaxing and enjoyable evening on Maple’s back patio to socialize and learn about Inscape Publico’s latest project, the St. John’s Episcopal School in Honduras. AFHdc Directors will announce their new chapter subcommittees and share other updates from the international chapter network. You won’t want to miss this great networking event with leaders in Social Impact Design in DC!

RSVP for the event here. Can’t make the event but still want to learn more and/or contribute to the school in Honduras? Check out Inscape Publico’s Crowdrise campaign.

Inscape Publico is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit architecture firm with the mission to provide professional architecture service for other nonprofits and the people they serve. Their understanding of the nonprofit community not only fosters excellence in design, but creates architecture that represents the vision, goals and sensibilities of each of its nonprofit partners. Inscape Publico serves as a catalyst and jumpstarts nonprofit projects by providing valuable visioning sessions and design services through a unique business model to help nonprofits understand their design needs to meet their goals and aspirations.

AFHdc is a volunteer organization that works to solve social justice issues through sustainable design. Formerly operating for 10 years as the DC Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, AFHdc has provided pro bono design services for organizations locally and abroad.

WEEKEND IN RICHMOND – ACD CONFERENCE

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The Association for Community Design will host their annual conference in Richmond, VA this year, from June 25-28. Titled ‘Neighbors’ the schedule includes two full days of tours, talks, and breakout sessions. Note that the dates are conveniently on a Friday and Saturday for those who want to limit time away from the office…and spend the weekend in a fun city like Richmond.

Established in 1977, the Association for Community Design (ACD) is a network of individuals, organizations, and institutions committed to increasing the capacity of planning and design professions to better serve communities. ACD serves and supports practitioners, educators, and organizations engaged in community-based design and planning.co

Registration closes June 12th. Register here.

STRUCTURES FOR INCLUSION 2015

Just one week before SFI 2015! This weekend will be packed with speakers including DC’s Brad Guy from CUA and new project highlights from the transitioning Chapter Network, formerly known as the AFH international chapters. Hope to see you there!

The fifteenth Structures for Inclusion (SFI) Conference will be held April 11 and 12, 2015, in Detroit, Michigan, and will be hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU). The annual conference will feature the best public interest design from around the globe, including the 2015 SEED Award winners.For fifteen years, the purpose of the SFI conference has been to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served by architecture. Bringing this conference to Detroit in April 2015 is quite fitting given Detroit’s position at a historic crossroad. “Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit” will be the theme of SFI 15. Projects from Detroit and other resilient cities in search of a new kind of post-industrial world order.

See more about the event at Design Corps.