Community Engagement Strategies: How Architects Can Be More Effective In Promoting Change

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“Civic engagement is about applying our design thinking to the larger context of community and societal needs.”

William J. Bates, FAIA National AIA President 2019

This presentation focuses on how architects can be even more effective in promoting positive change by applying design thinking to community engagement strategies. As architects, we talk about wanting to be relevant and of service to society. If this is the case, then civic engagement is fundamental to meeting that desire. From facilitation to disruption, this session will explore a spectrum of possibilities to elevate the role of locally inspired design solutions in the greater conversation of equity and inclusion in making healthier and more vibrant cities.

November 20 at noon.

Earn 1.0 LU

Free for AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students

$5 for non-members

Online meeting, details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite.

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Speaker: Ric Abramson, FAIA

Ric. Abramson, FAIA has been a licensed professional for three decades. After a lengthy career leading his own design studio and teaching at the USC School of Architecture and SCI-Arc, Ric. joined the City of West Hollywood as their inaugural City Architect this past November. A graduate of Cal Poly S.L.O. and UCLA, he also studied architecture as a Fulbright scholar to Italy and as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

A former AIA National Strategic Council member representing the California region, Ric. has been a successful leader by advancing the profession, authoring two pieces of state legislation subsequently signed into law, and effectively advocating for innovative housing design and policy solutions. For these efforts, California Governor Schwarzenegger recognized “his tireless efforts to improve housing opportunities.”

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