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10:00AM - 12:00PM
ZOOM, Online, Seattle WA
This event is free

Presented by:

  • Diversity Roundtable (AIA Seattle)

  • NOMA NW Chapter

  • Join us for Architect’s Role In The Civic Conversation For Design Justice, a 2-hour panel discussion furthering the conversations of the impact design professionals have on the communities they serve.

    Team: Whitney Lewis, Rico Quirindongo, Rania Qawasma, Susan Frieson

    Design justice, design impact. In the civic realm, we design not only for the communities we serve but the communities we have yet to imagine. We are in a unique moment in history where design justice has the opportunity to counteract the racial injustices design can perpetuate. As we reflect on the communities we serve and the impact we have, this panel will pose the question: What is the role of the architect in the civic conversation of design justice? With the facilitator and panelists setting the tone of the discussion, break out groups will have the opportunity to discuss what they heard and how they can apply those findings in their own life, within their firms and work culture and in the design decisions, they propose in the communities they touch and the projects they create.


    Donald King FAIA was born in Port Huron, Michigan in 1949. He was the youngest of six children of Ernestine Knox-King. Through his inspiring mother, Donald knew as a child that he wanted to be an architect and to make a difference in the lives of those whom prosperity had left behind. His practice in Seattle serves African-American, Latino/Latina-American and Asian-Pacific American groups as well as the majority population on a variety of project types. Donald is facilitator of a collaborative design approach and believes in how it empowers both clients and community. As former President and CEO of DKA Architecture, Donald King has over 40 years of experience in planning and design, has led the completion of over 400 successful projects, and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. Donald King was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2000 and was awarded the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor in 2015.

    June GrantJune Grant is a Registered Architect and current President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SFNOMA). June is Founder and Design Principal at blink!LAB architecture; a boutique research-based architecture and design practice she founded 20 years ago. Combined with her high energy and aptitude for innovation, June is heavily involved in front-end conceptualization for her projects. Her contributions have been consistently recognized for their rational yet provocative approach: always resolving complex issues and project goals. June is 2019 YBCA100 awardee on the list of 100 people using their creative and collective power to make change.

    Sam Assefa is the Director of Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development. Prior to his appointment in 2016, Sam served as the senior urban designer for the City of Boulder, Colorado. From 2002 to 2010, he was the Director of Land Use and Planning Policy at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley. Between 1991 and 2002, Sam worked as the senior urban designer for San Francisco architecture firm SMWM, as well as the City of San Francisco Planning Department.
    Sam has served on numerous boards, including the AIA Regional Urban Design Committee, and is a founding member of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts, where he was an Adjunct Professor of Architecture. Sam serves as a Resource Team for the Mayors Institute on City Design (MICD), a team of distinguished professionals from across the country with expertise architecture, urban design, city planning, and related fields. He is a frequent speaker at national and international planning and design conferences.
    Sam is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master’s in City Planning, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, with a B.A. in Architecture.

      DLR Group Principal Rico Quirindongo, AIA, has been working for 25 years to revitalize and reimagine some of Seattle’s most historic landmarks and neighborhoods.
    As Civic Design Leader for the firm, Rico believes that through proactive design, vision, and multi-agency collaboration, opportunities for social change can be realized through community-invested civic projects. Rico is an active AIA volunteer, serving as AIA Seattle president from 2012 to 2013 and as a board director from 2009 to 2014. Rico was a mayoral appointee to the Historic Seattle Council for six years, was a founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest Chapter, and is current Chair for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority. Rico sat on the AIA+2030 national steering committee, a committee born out of AIA Seattle that has seen to it that 24 cities nationally are providing curriculum to help design teams and owners meet the 2030 Challenge. Rico was identified in 2011 by AIA National as a Citizen Architects on the Move, was awarded the AIA Seattle Young Architect Award in 2014, and was recognized as Citizen Architect again in 2020. We are also pleased to announce (in case you have not heard already!) that Rico Quirindongo AIA, has been appointed as the most recent Northwest and Pacific Region Regional Representative and Representative to the Strategic Council.

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    Capacity: 100

    The session is a virtual panel discussion, so it will automatically accommodate mobility and visually impaired attendees.