The Designing for Equity program, endorsed by HOK’s Diversity Advisory Council and global Design Board, is led by an 18-person firmwide advisory group. HOK teams are testing the recommended approach and design principles on beta projects before rolling out the program across the firm. This course will provide an overview of how HOK has advanced diversity, equity and inclusion efforts throughout the organization. There will be a special emphasis on how HOK has begun to extend DEI efforts into building design solutions. The vision is to develop a design culture and approach that will help HOK teams to design for equity with greater efficiency. The platform outlines five basic principles of designing for equity in all projects, regardless of type, scale or location: 1. Partner with the community. 2. Plan for inclusion. 3. Provide equity of experience. 4. Promote health and well-being for all. 5. Champion environmental justice. Along with the design principles, HOK’s Designing for Equity platform provides recommendations on how to make equity a pillar of each office’s design culture and approach. Resources include “precedent studies” demonstrating how HOK’s teams have integrated equity into past projects.
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