The architecture profession, like our nation at large, is also in the midst of a soul-searching moment. There are calls to equalize the vast gender and racial gaps in the profession. There are petitions to consider the ethics of what and where architects build. These outcries are premised on the notion that what we build—and how we build—speaks volumes about who we are as a culture. Architecture is nothing less than mankind's values writ large. (Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson)
|Fra Carnavale, The Ideal City, 1480-1484, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (from AIA's CivicLAB website)|
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson Baltimore's eminent writer about architecture, design, and cities in places like The New York Times, Slate, Design Observer, and Metropolis, among others, She is also a contributing editor at Architect magazine. Read Elizabeth’s most recent article on Baltimore http://www.architectmagazine.com/design/architectures-role-in-baltimore_o or Follow Elizabeth on Twitter and learn more by visiting eedickinson.com
Briony Hynson, Briony, leads the Prince Georges Office’s programs, staff and fundraising, and undertakes Design Leadership initiatives at NDC’s Baltimore and Prince Georges offices. Her recent work in Baltimore City, investigating public spaces that promote access to play within underserved areas, culminated in the Robert W Deutsch Foundation Social Design Fellowship in 2012-2013.
Elaine Asal, Designer/Architect at Gensler, Baltimore. Gensler with offices around the globe is the world's largest architecture firm. Elaine is leading an office initiative to incorporate social responsibility and community-driven design into architecture and planning projects throughout Baltimore City. She helped launch gServe, a corporate social responsibility program for Gensler and currently serves on the firm-wide steering committee.
Delegate Corey McCray, District 45, Baltimore, a trained
CivicLAB participants and guests participated in a lively discussion about the role of architecture and architect in today's society and in Baltimore in particular. Elizabeth reminded us to "challenge the challenges" so we are not only repeating what we have always done.
Elaine described how she has brought individual pro-bono work at the global Gensler universe into focus and under a common purpose.
I had a great opportunity to expand my thinking in reference to architecture and the design of buildings. Such a great group of people working to empower this great place we call Baltimore.I had helped the late Karen Lewand, then executive director of AIA in Baltimore, to initiate the CivicLAB program now in its fourth year. Back then I had described like this:
The purpose is further described on AIA's website like this:
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
I am co-chair of AIA's local Urban Design Committee and chair of the national Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC)