ACD is very excited to be able to offer a number of workshops focused on specific professional development opportunities from a number of our partner organizations that have similar missions and goals. These workshops are an additional cost to the conference fee and will be held at specific community locations on October 19, 2023.

These sessions will run on the same schedule, so you will have to choose a morning session and an afternoon session if you wish to participate in multiple. Lunch and snacks will be provided as part of the costs for the day. Add the ticket for the workshop you wish to participate in when completing your registration for the conference. Spaces in workshops are limited so register early to be sure you get an available seat!

Not able to attend October 20 & 21? Yes, you ARE able to register just for the pre-conference workshops on October 19. Scroll past conference options on registration and enter just the workshops you would like to buy a seat to join.


Morning Workshop:
Facilitated by Rachael Dietkus surrounds us shapes us as designers. Although we may not realize it, designers encounter individuals and communities with a profound history of overwhelm, stress, and trauma. Trauma-informed and trauma-responsive design acknowledges adversity in peoples’ lives and actively works to understand how and why trauma shapes one’s life and fundamental beliefs about the world. This session will guide participants through a discussion about how identifying your scope of practice as a designer is essential. We will begin crafting a design care plan and co-produce a shared collection of resources and ongoing learning. We’ll also utilize cards from the Model of Care for Co-Design and focus on new methods to help you start building your trauma-responsive practice immediately. This is a 6-hour workshop.

Morning Workshop:
Facilitated by Desiree Powell, Urban Planner + Place Curator

This session provides insight and interactive engagement with the audience to identify other ways of connecting urban planning to the communities that have been underserved and overlooked. This idea of connecting amongst participants allows for a collective surge of professionals to gain insight on planning as it relates to designing culturally relevant communities, the connection to the built environment as a whole when it comes to designing places, exploring ways planning overlaps with other critical professions needed to curate prolific places, and introducing (or reintroduction) of what role New Urbanism can play in designing equitable spaces in Black and Brown communities. This is a 4-hour workshop.




Afternoon Workshop:
Facilitated by Dark Matter U

During this interactive workshop, DMU will activate guiding principle 02: New Forms of Institutions by co-creating an advocacy campaign.  The intention is to collaborate, generate, and collate resources that redistribute power and lift up marginalized voices in firms, design communities, and institutions. 






Afternoon Workshop:
Facilitated by OAC Chicago

In a rapidly changing and complex world, the built environment is critical in shaping our communities, societies, and overall well-being. This workshop brings together changemakers, designers, and stakeholders from various backgrounds to explore the role of community and culture as leverage to create sustainable and inclusive futures. Together, they will explore the power of participatory systems change and employ culture, Futures, and Systems Thinking tools to create meaningful transformations in the world.