Announcements September 25, 2020

Connect with us at NOMA 2020 Conference

We’re proud to sponsor and speak at The National Organization of Minority Architects’ (NOMA) Conference this year, which is being held October 14-18 on a completely virtual platform. The theme, Spatial Shifts: Reclaiming our Cities, will explore “the gap between design development and who ultimately declares what is built in our community” and “share ways to reshape our communities, to fill those gaps in design justice, and move towards a new renaissance.”

We invite you to connect with us via the following interactive panels and workshops:


PANEL | Rebuilding Community: History as a Framework to Design an Equitable and Culturally Sustained Future

Thursday, October 15
3:30 – 5:00 pm ET | 12:30 – 2:00 PT

Panelists: Zena Howard, Michael Stevenson, Kofi Boone
Moderator: Kenneth Luker

In our work in cities across North America, we find pervasive patterns of 20th-century planning policies, zoning regulations, urban renewal, and highway construction that have frequently disrupted and displaced disproportionately underserved and low-income communities.

Using several short case studies, panelists will introduce a process for urban and architectural design that engages historically underserved communities. These stories will be the framework to create spaces that promote social and cultural sustenance moving forward.

Live Q&A to follow.

PANEL | Shaping Ecosystems of Equity, Health & Affordability Through Transit Oriented Communities (TOCs)

Friday, October 16
11:00 – 12 pm ET | 8:00 – 9:00 am PT

Panelists: Ron Golem, Abigail Thorne-Lyman, Elizabeth Carvajal
Moderator: Geeti Silwal

Transit Oriented Communities (TOCs) are holistically planned developments that provide easy access to employment and education, promote a healthy lifestyle, and address climate change. They are inclusive, equitable, and allow people of all income-levels and age-groups to thrive.

The panelists will discuss what needs to be done to deliver ecosystems of equity, health, and affordability in our cities.

Live Q&A to follow.

WORKSHOP | Seek Balance: Maximizing Daylight Design and Performance

Presenter: Tyrone Marshall

Session on demand during conference

Many designers struggle during the early stages of the architectural design process. As a global architecture firm working on multiple scales of projects, we explore early design schemes to find a balance between competing objectives such as solar heat gain mitigation and daylighting quality through the fenestration.

The 90-minute virtual workshop will share an open-source process and custom toolset that participants can use to advance their solar and daylight designs.

Tyrone Marshall