Michelle Yemaya Benton
Master Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr.
The Architectural profession has begun to more widely realize the importance of engaging with stakeholder communities as we design. At the heart of true community engagement is a desire for communities who will be most impacted by the decisions made in the design process to be able to shape their own futures. In this spirit, instead of having Architects present on how communities are being or could be engaged, Community Design Advocates and Organizers (CDA/CDOs) from Stakeholder communities who have been most marginalized within traditional design processes will be in conversation, share the work they have been doing to bring their communities into design processes, and share what they want Architects to know as their communities are engaged. Colloqate Design brings community members from primary impacted / marginalized stakeholder groups onto the Design team for each of our projects. CDA/CDOs are resourced to understand the design process, and effectively organize their communities to be able to advocate for needs within the process. These Advocates and Organizers have brought invaluable perspectives and leadership from Black, Indigenous, Asian, Slavic, Immigrant, Refugee, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Disability, Houseless, Formerly Incarcerated, Low-Income, Senior, Parent, Youth, DACA, and other intersectional communities and identities.
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