Design Access creates a shared vision among leading decision makers for how to leverage the built environment as a tool for social gain.

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Design Access gathers leaders from design, philanthropy, non-profit, and government to advance our collective ability to create positive change through the built environment. In partnership with Ford Foundation, this year's summit will focus on the opportunity for anchor institutions to play a critical role in the success and well-being of local, low-income communities. We will discuss and advance the leading edge of this work, particularly the role of democratic participation in anchor institution design processes, planning and public policy. At the foreground of the dialogue will be active projects in South Texas and other regions. Individuals and organizations leading anchor institution efforts in local communities will work side-by-side with a national field of leaders from other supportive disciplines. The contributions of Design Access participants will directly influence these works-in-progress and this growing area of study.

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Habitat for Humanity / General Services Administration / Harvard Business School / Koning Eizenberg / The California Endowment / Cannon Design / Ford Foundation

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Design Access focuses on convening professionals from diverse sectors and building productive relationships between attendees and their respective organizations. Participants will share their skills, experiences, and goals to build multidisciplinary assets specific to social innovation.


This is not a traditional conference. There are no keynotes; Design Access is invite-only and everyone at this gathering is an expert in his or her field. The summit offers participants an opportunity to build their professional relationships, to collaborate on impactful projects, and to examine complex issues from new perspectives.

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Public Architecture is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It engages architecture firms, nonprofits, and manufacturers to commit to design for the public good through The 1% program; it acts to bring about positive community change through public-interest design initiatives; and it also shares the potential of design to change the world through advocacy and outreach.

www.publicarchitecture.org