Sept 23-25, 2021                                                                                                                                   Hosted Online 

ACD44 Invitation

Invitation to Collaborate




The Association for Community Design invites our members, collaborators, partners, and friends to join us online September 23rd - 25th for our 2021 conference; Intersections of Justice.

Last year, the ACD Conference was a moment to pause, reflect, and recenter ourselves and our design practices amidst an unprecedented public health crisis and a massive reawakening to our nation’s continued 400-year racial justice crisis.

The 2021 ACD Conference - Intersections of Justice - will highlight work that reflects the need to collaborate across systems, to connect the dots between disciplines, and think differently about how we practice design. ACD is seeking proposals that share projects, ideas, and conversations that explore intersectional justice through design practice. We are interested in work that puts radical politics into practice, work that actively disrupts systems of oppression, and work that demonstrates how design can be used as a tool to work towards collective liberation.

In particular, we’re interested in proposals that speak to the difficulties of doing this work and help to build conversations that unpack the complexities and challenges of working at the intersection of design and justice. We are also equally interested in proposals that center the joyful and life affirming practices that are part of this work, highlighting the critical importance of not only dismantling, but also rebuilding. In conjunction with our 2021 Conference ACD invites members, friends, and partners to collaborate with us this September and beyond. We are seeking organizational partners and sponsors, new and familiar folx to join us in community, publication content, and moments for collective learning through conversation and storytelling which align with our mission to co-create a practice of design which dismantles systemic injustices and creates an equitable built environment. Beyond our annual Conference, there are also opportunities to collaborate with us throughout the year by presenting at our Annual Webinar Series and sharing your work with the ACD community through our new effort, Visual Stories of Community Design.

More information about the 2021 Conference, Annual Webinar Series, and Visual Stories of Community Design can be found in our Invitation to Collaborate. We encourage professionals, students from the disciplines of community design, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, social design, and environ­mental design, and related fields such as public health, policy-making, social work, art, community organizing, design thinking, tech, and development to be part of ACD this year.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 6, 2021. We're excited to hear from you!



  • Release Date: Friday July 2nd, 2021
  • Deadline for submissions: Friday August 6th, 2021 (accepted on rolling basis)
  • Notification of Selection: Friday August 20th, 2021

See Application for more information on speaker support, honorarium, and submission components.