Building Equity – Confronting Racism Through Practice and Design
Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design kicked off its 2020 Fall semester with a virtual panel featuring prominent practitioners in architecture, planning, and design. Building Equity – Confronting Racism Through Practice and Design included DLR Group Principal Rico Quirindongo, AIA, who addressed questions including:
- “How did we get here?”
- “What does equitable practice mean now?”
- “What does the future need from emerging professionals?”
1:04:00 – Question for the panelists
Dr. Lorenza Lockett, assistant professor of social work, Kansas State University, has written, “The first task for change is awareness.” What do we, as educators and students who will be planners and designers, need to open our eyes to?
1:14:00 – Rico Quirindongo, AIA, principal, DLR Group
“We are at the beginning of a new opportunity to actually make change. We as architects understand that we can solicit social change through design.”
1:20:05 – Kendra Hyson, Urban Studio
“As young designers, who are formulating your aesthetic opinion – your design opinion – and just getting to be a part of this profession that I love so much because it gives me the opportunity to use my creativity as my voice to express how I feel about these things, I challenge you to use the vast amounts of knowledge at your disposal, the vast amounts of creativity, to not be complacent with what’s existing right now. Ask questions.”
1:22:20 – Question for the panelists
Sharon Sutton once said “Design should be community based.” How would you interpret this in your own practice?
1:43:40 – Question for the panelists
You’re here today with an audience of hundreds of future architects, planners, and designers. What does the future need from emerging professionals? What is the one thing you want these future professionals to know about living into the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion?