ACD 44 2021 Program Schedule 9/25

design justice: weaving through disciplines, practices, and identities
12:00-1:00 EST

Presented by: Siboney Diaz-Sanchez + Dave Pabellon



Intersectional identity recognition empowers design justice solidarity. From graphic design to affordable housing advocacy, dismantling systems that prioritize singularity is urgent in our pursuit of more liberatory realities. This session will develop a call and response with attendees/collaborators that will explore how we are listening to each other, acknowledging our identities and healing together in our pursuits of justice. The session will weave in brief presentations from two Design as Protest organizers - Dave Pabellon and Siboney Diaz-Sanchez.

ACD44 2021: Dark Matter University
Dark Matter University - Reflections on Anti-Racist Pedagogies: 1 year in
1:15-1:15 EST

Presented by: Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, A.L. Hu, Lisa Henry 



Dark Matter University (DMU) is a democratic network guided by the principle that we cannot survive and thrive without immediate change toward an anti-racist model of design education and practice. The organization was founded in the summer of 2020 to work inside and outside of existing systems to challenge, inform, and reshape our present world toward a better future. In this session, members of the DMU collective will share one year’s worth of teaching experiences and efforts bringing new design education models to academic institutions all over the U.S. and Canada to better acknowledge and address the structural legacies of racial injustice. The courses that will be presented vary from introductory courses, to advanced seminars, to design studios. Unifying these efforts is a commitment to collectivity: each course is taught by at least two educators and experiments with cross-institutional, transdisciplinary learning environments that advocate for expanded criteria for success. The courses we will discuss have taken place at the University at Buffalo, Drexel University, Florida A&M University, University of Michigan, Tuskegee University, The University of Utah Join us as we learn together how to acknowledge, understand and radically change racial injustice in the built environment.

ACD2021: ACD Circles of Practice
ACD Circles of Practices
2:30 - 3:30 EST

Presented by: ACD and OAC
Six facilitated breakout rooms where you can connect with other conference attendees. Themes include: Social Situation, BIPOC Space, Building Circles of Practice, Community Design Practice Leaders, Aspiring Designers & Academics, and Career Shifts



Community designers need community too! If you’ve ever felt lonely, unsupported, underprepared or marginalized in your design journey, this is for you! Join others practicing community engagement for accompaniment, conversation, encouragement, and accountability in a non-hierarchical setting designed by ACDs fellowship committee to extend the benefits of a structured fellowship to our full network. At this inaugural Circle of Practice, ACD and OAC (The Open Architecture Collaborative) will co-lead the conversation. Join us!